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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Blu-ray Review

Snyder fans will be over the moon for “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.”

After Superman dies, Darkseid’s minion Steppenwolf makes a move to try and obtain the 3 Mother Boxes on Earth to terraform the planet into another Apokolips. Knowing Earth needs to be protected from the alien invaders, Bruce Wayne/Batman sets out to recruit help from the likes of Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Arthur Curry), Flash (Barry Allen), and Cyborg (Victor Stone). There could be another member that they are trying to bring into the fold, but can that actually happen? I think you all know who I’m talking about here.

After the theatrical Joss Whedon version of “Justice League” came out, it seemed like any hopes of more Justice League movies were gone. Due to the efforts of devoted Zack Snyder fans, however, WB allowed Snyder to complete his version of the JL film. The result is a new 242 minute cut that is double the size of the first. So, you’re all probably wondering how this compares to the Whedon cut. The good news is that it does improve upon that 2017 version. Steppenwolf is an actual character now (with a better design). We actually get to see Darkseid for a few scenes. The much hyped black suit Superman IS in this movie (and is undeniably one of the highlights). There’s a certain cameo in the end that is also something fans have been longing to see. Flash gets a BIG moment in the end that is both rewarding and satisfying. Cyborg gets more scenes that greatly benefit his character. The Knightmare dream sequence is fantastic and gives Jared Leto’s Joker a chance to shine. The cringe worthy Russian family evacuation scenes are mercifully gone. I could go on.

Despite all of the positive elements of Snyder’s Cut, I still don’t think it’s a movie that is worthy of these iconic characters. First of all, you feel every minute of the 4 hours here. While the running time is justified to an extent, the entire film feels bloated. There’s too much groundwork being laid for the future and not enough focus on an involving story. The Mother Box angle is ultimately not very compelling and the flimsy new opening with Superman’s death scream impacting the boxes does not help matters either. While I’m all for a filmmaker putting their own spin on characters and mythology, I never felt connected to what Snyder is doing. It lacks the soul of comic book movie greats like “Superman,” “The Rocketeer,” “Avengers: Endgame,” what have you. This is especially evident after this movie and his plan for the would be sequels. Sure, the action-packed last hour is an immense pay off that, frankly, redeems the movie as a whole, but I’m not personally keen on the Snyderverse. The dark, bleak tone and self-serious approach counterattack what should be a fun movie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy the fan favorite filmmaker was able to complete the movie the way he wanted and I’m happy fans got to see it. It’s just not my cup of tea in terms of what I look for in superhero, comic book and DC movies.

Note: The first 4 parts are on disc 1 while parts 5, 6 and the epilogue are on disc 2.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.33:1 1080p. How does it look? This aspect ratio may be Snyder’s preferred presentation but I’m not a fan of it for a movie like this. with that said, the image quality is still sharp here.  Note: This title is also available on 4K.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? The audio is pitch perfect. Atmos never disappoints.

The lone extra is a 25 minute featurette titled “Road To Justice League” which contains film clips, interviews with Zack Snyder and others, behind-the-scenes footage, insight into Snyder’s storytelling process, etc.

September 6, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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