What Is the Point of Zack Snyder’s Justice League?

I get it, okay?

Sometimes, a movie comes out, and you’re not happy with the results. I have more than once been irked by a movie that got on my nerves for how awful it was. For your reading pleasure, here is what I thought of Wonder Woman 1984, here is what I thought of Cats, and here is what I thought of Alita: Battle Angel.

As you can see by these examples, I am no stranger to vitriol.

But never in my life have I thought to myself, “Hmm, that movie was so bad. I hope it is redone, made twice as long, but still retains the same plot points.”

That’s basically what Zack Snyder’s Justice League is.

When Justice League first came out, there were good bits and there were bad bits. I enjoyed the movie for what it was (a rushed attempt to capitalize on the Marvel Cinematic Universe trend of mashing up heroes in one movie) and got on with my life.

But then I started hearing whispers about how “the Snyder cut is the true vision of what the film could be” and other such stuff. I never thought anything would come of it.

And that’s right around when the Snyder cut was announced.

I like 300 and Watchmen as much as the next person, but some of Zack Snyder’s fans talk about him like he is the filmmaking equivalent of Jesus. And I just don’t understand it, especially after watching the four-hour-long version of a movie I already saw.

The plot remains largely the same. For those of you who saw Justice League, rest assured that the Snyder cut only offers a few meaningful differences. The one aspect worthy of attention in this bloated movie is Cyborg’s story. Man, this character got shafted in the first one if this was his original intended storyline. I appreciated the expansion of his history and his inclusion in moving the film along. He actually plays a more important role and gets some much deserved screentime.

However, the rest of the film felt stuffed with unnecessary chaff.

I don’t need to see someone’s disturbed expression for thirty seconds after something upsetting happens.

I don’t need to see measured stares between characters that last way longer than they should.

And I don’t need to see slow-motion walking for no goddamn reason.

I mean, criminy, a quarter of the Snyder cut is made of slo-mo scenes. I don’t even think I’m exaggerating. And it’s one thing if I saddle myself up for a stylistic movie like 300, where I am aware of what I’m getting myself into.

But it’s like Justice League tried to be both stylistic-artsy-fartsy and MCU-generated-popcorn-fluff. PICK A LANE, PEOPLE.

And don’t get me started on the “ancient lamentation music” that played nearly every time Wonder Woman was on the screen.

Snyder fans might hate me for not liking this massive movie, but I swear, I like other films he has done. It’s just…

This one feels so unnecessary. I can’t comprehend why people were so hyped for it.

And I guess maybe part of my displeasure stems from that. If people hadn’t been praising the heck out of it like it was the neatest thing since sliced bread, maybe I wouldn’t be so irritated after watching it and finding out it was as absurd as canned bread.

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8 thoughts on “What Is the Point of Zack Snyder’s Justice League?”

  1. I haven’t seen it but I’m here for this very entertaining review, hah! (Criminy!) Sounds like a self-indulgent mess (so, par for the course with Snyder). I haven’t liked any of his movies, really, so have no desire to see this. But the thing that strikes me as odd is fans claiming this cut ‘vindicates’ Snyder. Lol, how? I’m sure Joss Whedon could have made a more coherent movie too if he’d had the luxury of double the runtime and hadn’t inherited the baggage of another director’s vision.

    The thing about movie-making is you have to understand the scope of your project from the outset. You can’t just film four hours of ‘necessary’ content then blame the studio when half of it ends up on the cutting room floor. At that point, you’re making a miniseries, not a movie. I haven’t seen Snyder admit to mismanaging this project. To me, he smacks of arrogance (he tripled down on the ridiculous “Martha” moment, for instance). All of his projects end up with mixed receptions, yet somehow he always knows better than fans, critics, etc.

    Anyway, got a bit carried away there. haha ^^” In conclusion: I also don’t know what the point of this release is. A pandemic-induced curiosity for diehard fans, I guess. But if it doesn’t lead into anything going forward then it’s basically like all those Terminator false starts: a waste of time.

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    1. Some of the content in the Snyder version added to the story (especially those cut Cyborg moments), and it is a bit of a shame to not have seen those in the original theatrical release. But even with the addition of those parts, it is a bloated mess. I think you’re right. The whole story should have been organized from the start, before anything was ever filmed.

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  2. You mean there was no artistic purpose to spending time on Aquaman slowly walking into the water while a group of women sing about him and then sniff his sweater (even though this is already moments after another scene of him walking into the water!) like some weird over long music video? šŸ˜‰

    I like Snyder fine but most of the time he’s his own worst enemy. 100% agree about the bloat and honestly since there was no future and the WB was pretty clear this was it I don’t think they should have tacked on that dreamscape ending.

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    1. Hahahahaha! šŸ¤£ Exactly! That felt so surreal! It’s like you can’t have this strange slow-mo ululating shirtless moment and then try to lighten it with sweater sniffing without suffering from a weird disconnect!

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