Zack Snyder’s Justice League Movie Review & Film Summary(2021): The True Vision Comes Alive

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League is Zack Snyder’s vision which we never saw in 2017. Its a completely different end product which finally feels genuine and unburdened with plot holes and glaring continuity issues. 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Cast

  • Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman
  • Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
  • Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman
  • Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg
  • Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman
  • Ezra Miller as Barry Allen / The Flash

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Plot

Steppenwolf embarks upon the quest of finding the mother boxes and eliminating life on earth. When Batman and Wonder Woman sense his arrival, they begin assembling a team of heroes to fight against him. 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review

The movie event of the year, that we all have been eagerly and desperately waiting for, is finally here. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is everything it set out to be and so much more. It is fan-service at its finest and its purest form, but more than that, it is a story which is vastly different and superior from the cut we saw in 2017. Needless to say, all of us will be disowning that travesty after today.

Zack Snyder’s Justice league is a 4 hour, mammoth of a movie. The sheer scale and its existence alone, pertains to the fact that the hundred thousand fans fought for this to make a vision come true. As many of us were skeptical that the movie is going to be the same 2017 version but just longer and more brooding, I am so glad to finally be able to reject this. Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is now streaming on HBOMax, begins with superman tumbling to his death. The stab in his heart, causes violent and painful sound waves throughout the universe.

Rising from Gotham to Amazonians, his shriek echoes throughout the globe. This is the moment, Mother Boxes sense that the god is dead. These machines now have nothing to fear and so they awaken again after thousands of years. And so, begins Steppenwolf’s quest. 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Cyborg’s crucial role in Zack Snyder’s Justice League

This cut takes its time in enhancing the emotional spectrum of each and every character. During the first hour we see Bruce trying to recruit members like Arthur (Aquaman) and Barry (The Flash), but getting them to join the league genuinely feels like a difficult task as compared to the 2017 version, where the entire 2 hour runtime was riddled with continuity errors. Aquaman straight up denies the offer and for the next hour we see his entire underwater world, and how running away from responsibility will only lead to the downfall of his own people. It’s an arc which feels so much more realized and impactful since we witness how personal this gets. And this is prominent with every new character introduced in the movie.

Victor Stone (Cyborg) easily has one of the most important and heart-breaking stories in the Zack Snyder Justice League Cut. A teenager who was supposed to die but he didn’t and a father who was supposed to show his love for his son, but he didn’t. We go deep inside this relationship, where Victor Stone has been turned into an all-out robot, just to prevent him from dying. More than a boon, he considers this as a curse. A person who is considered dead by the entire world, now has capabilities that can change the course of the entire world in an instance. And we see these capabilities in a series of visions and demonstrations. How much of a potential he possesses to unleash chaos, and the choice whether he really wants to be that man or not. The process towards his mends with his father takes so much runtime, and when it reaches its conclusion, I couldn’t help but feel for this guy who so desperately wanted to be a part of a family again. 

Zack Snyder's Justice League: Every Superhero is done Justice

Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Every Superhero is done Justice

Barry Allen (The Flash) also has his own backstory, where he is trying to provide his father some sort of redemption for a crime he didn’t commit. He is the same, dorky and awkward teenager we saw in 2017 yet this time the humor brought by him seems so much more controlled. Never did I feel that the movie was slowly turning into a slapstick comedy. Each joke carried a context, unlike the infamous “Brunch” line, god. And realizing that he actually uses his full abilities in the climax, changed my entire perception of him. 

Diana’s (Wonder Woman) stakes are a lot more personal in this movie. Her interactions with Steppenwolf elevate both, his and her character. Steppenwolf, who calls her the “Amazonian” through the runtime, feels a personal rivalry towards her. For it was her sisters who fought the rise of mother boxes in their world. The fight sequences between them are given an unparalleled amount of focus and the epic badassery of her Amazonian score blasts, making her action scenes shine in the most mystical manner.

For Bruce (Batman), his quest is about keeping a promise. His motivations and intentions are improved and it shows. He is fighting alongside these magical beings so one would expect that his capabilities would be far lower. Yet the film focuses on his gadgets and vehicles, and his way of utilizing those vehicles into redeeming his purpose in the team is breathtaking.

Clark (Superman) and his rebirth fight sequence aren’t that different from what we previously saw. But what we didn’t see was how he coped with being reborn again and how he remembered all about the world and the most important women in his life. He chooses a suit and while he does that, he hears both his fathers calling out to him. Their words of motivations which move him, inspire him and motivate him to fly towards the sun again. 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League: The Breathtaking Score By Junkie XL

The score of this movie by Junkie XL is something that raises stakes all throughout the movie. Whether it is the orchestral and soothing Amazonian music or the hardcore electronic Batman theme, I felt every vibration and the goosebumps were prominent.

The themes for Batman and Superman were now accompanied with a faster BPM, so exhilarating and fast paced, that they genuinely complimented the swift climax of the movie. The dialogues actually matched the personality of every character and Darkseid was an added bonus whose presence was beyond menacing, even when he had little role to play in the main plot itself. Yet, any 4 hour film is bound to feel long and overdrawn at some point. Even Zack Snyder’s Justice League feels long, but only by the end of the first hour. It is from Chapter 3 that the team up finally comes into motion and each fight sequence tops its predecessor. 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is an unparalleled vision which is expansive and intensifying at the same time. Its outcomes feel 100 times more impactful and its premise stands on a foundation which is rock solid. It’s an epic, mythic tale of harbingers fused with a radical group of warriors and it deserves to be seen in its full glory. 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Critical Reception

Zack Snyder’s Justice League stands at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus being “Zack Snyder’s Justice League lives up to its title with a sprawling cut that expands to fit the director’s vision — and should satisfy the fans who willed it into existence.” The Metascore is at 57 with Mixed or average reviews based on 38 Critic Reviews. 

The Movie Culture Synopsis

This cut of Justice League is an all-out win for each and every fan who made it happen. It defies expectations and sets a precedence for all the comic book ventures that will happen in the future.

It shows that, given enough creative control and freedom, a movie can indeed turn into a triumph. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is available on HBO Max to watch. The film is available on Book My Show for the Indian audience to buy or rent.

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  • Hardik is a Mumbai based writer who is a cinephile. Nothing interests him more than movies and visual entertainment. His other hobbies include reading and singing (At least, he likes to think that he sings well). You can connect with him on his Instagram.