In the wake of the “Release The Snyder Cut” online campaign, I was convinced that the movie would not live up to the hype and just end up a massive flop. To put it quite simply, I was wrong; the movie was fun to watch. It is a superhero movie after all, there’s not much to it.
The Snyder Cut was pretty much a four hour non-stop, slow-motion action fest. The plot is simple. Batman is trying to assemble a team to fight back the alien invasion led by Steppenwolf. Steppenwolf is trying to collect the three mother boxes to bring about the end of Earth. His motivation for doing this is that he wants to get back in the good graces of the Supreme dark lord of the universe, destroyer of worlds, Darkseid.
With that said, all the characters are still interesting. Barry brings levity to a lot of the scenes he’s in, Cyborg's backstory and role in this film are very pronounced and Batman still has no business fighting aliens with gadgets but he succeeded in getting the Justice League together. You have to give him credit there. Superman coming back was not unexpected but Snyder sells it pretty well in the movie. Steppenwolf serves his purpose pretty well too, he gets all three boxes, almost succeeds, and then gets promptly thrashed by all six heroes.
I think there are many ways you can critique this film. Firstly, it’s a bit too long. I watched the film over two days and even then I felt like it could have been cut up like a mini-series, considering the movie itself is divided into chapters. It’s also shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio which can take a few minutes to get used to. Secondly, there are a few corny scenes here and there but not enough to affect the viewing experience. For instance, in one scene, Wonder Woman saves a bunch of school children from a bomb, and one girl comes up to her and says, “Can I be like you someday?” Wonder woman of course says yes even though we all know that’s ridiculous. Lastly, Darkseid just talks. He doesn’t do much in the film and what we see of him is mostly from flashbacks. But it’s still a good setup for Darkseid later down the line.
At the end of the day, I think a lot of people like the Snyder Cut so much because it’s not the total catastrophe Justice League was. The movie had a story, nice action set pieces, and a sense of direction. Sometimes, that’s all you can ask for in a blockbuster film.
By Alpha Bah