Director : Zack Snyder
Producer(s) : Deborah Snyder, Charles Roven
Starring : Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Mamoa, Julian Lewis Jones
Release Date: March, 18th 2021
Genre : Superhero/Action
Awesome-O-Metre : 8/10
I was totally skeptical about the Snyder Cut because I was thoroughly heartbroken from the Josstice League (Joss Whedon’s Justice League). It’s really heart wrenching for a superhero fan such as myself to see his face being shamefully represented on the big screen. I’m glad to say, the Snyder Cut was a massive win for me.
This 4 hour long movie was something of magnet to me. You get attracted to it and you don’t even realise that 4 hours have gone by. It’s scary when you hear how long the movie is but once you start, you get sucked in and you only get released at the end.
A lot of people say they don’t see much difference in the plot, that it is just a longer version of the Josstice League but I call bullshit. Snyder’s Cut took its time (some unnecessary though as I will soon point out) and ensured it developed it’s characters to be relatable and understood. This made the plot infinitely richer and enjoyable. It’s one thing to want to do a dark movie, it’s another to explain to the audience why it is dark. And this movie did both.
One of the characters that greatly benefited from this movie was the Cyborg and in this case I mean both the actor and the character. Cyborg’s back story showed exactly why he was moody and sad. It also gave motivation for why he didn’t wanna be in the Justice League at first. It also showed he (Ray Fisher) was a great actor with a large range.
Steppenwolf was also shown as a disgraced general who was trying hard to get back to the good graces of his master, Darkseid.
While there are many positives in this movie, I still feel there were issues with it and the issues with the foundation were still glaring (afterall, it wasn’t a new movie per se). One of the foundation issues is consistency with the comics. For example, when did Batman, master of logic and planning start to rely on “faith”. Not that faith is a bad thing but that isn’t the Batman we’ve known. Also, why are Wonder Woman and Aquaman so weak compared to Superman? We know Superman is the strongest but both of them couldn’t even hold down Steppenwolf while Superman basically tosses him around like a rag doll. In the comics, Diana (Wonder Woman) isn’t that far from Superman in base strength but in this movie, she doesn’t even come close to his left hand.
Another issue I had are the overuse of slow motion effect and unnecessary scenes. It’s almost like every 20minutes, there’s slow motion somewhere. A typical case of this is with Aquaman. Everytime he is near water, slow motion. We get it, he’s hot. No need to amplify it everytime. And the guy must have a boutique of vests because anytime he comes to the surface, he’s wearing a vest which he promptly tosses aside once he wants to swim. I mean, is his supply of vests infinite?
More seriously are the unnecessary scenes. One of which is the Manhunter posing as Clark’s mother to get Lois to go back to work. It does nothing for the plot and doesn’t even make sense. Someone may argue that it was this that made her go out that day and save Batman from being crushed by Superman but it was shown earlier in the movie that she does that every day. I also feel Wheddon’s interpretation of the Lois saving Batman as Batman’s contingency plan is way better than what happened in Snyder’s Cut.
Another is Aquaman saving a man that was sure to sink with his boat. It wasn’t necessary. We’ve already been told earlier that he helps and save the people.
Yet another is Alfred teaching Diana how to make tea. Why did we need to see this? I bet that if all the slow motion and unnecessary scenes were removed, an hour could have been shaved from the movie.
But after all that has been said and done, the movie was fun. There was alot of action (Batman really showed those para-demons), the flash added some nerdy humour and even though the movie is 4 hours long, I will definitely watch it again. It’s that good. It’s a solid 8/10 for me.
Revue by Eben Asagbra