Justice League Is a Cheap-Looking Spectacle 

But you'll probably see it anyway.

click to enlarge Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot team up in Justice League.
  • Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot team up in Justice League.

The contempt that Justice League has for its audience is open, unashamed, and matter-of-fact. It will undoubtedly rake in millions, and enthusiastic crowds — mostly teenage boys, game players, and fans of DC comic books — will understandably convince themselves that it satisfies their needs. But it's a fraud, a cheap-looking "spectacle" with very, very few redeeming facets.

One of those facets is Gal Gadot. The Israeli-born actress is in the midst of establishing herself, once and for all, as Wonder Woman, a super-duper incarnation of the ancient Greek goddess Diana. She's the looker. It's hard to tell what kind of an actress she is, but she can hold her own in the midst of the guys — Henry Cavill's stolid Superman, Ben Affleck's jowly Batman, Jason Momoa as a curiously Viking-ish Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg (Black dude got permanently shocked), and squeaky-geeky Ezra Miller as The Flash. Together, they settle the hash of a beastly invader called Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds, unrecognizable under the CGI). Something about magic boxes that can rule the universe — must have lots of money in them. The underwater fight between Aquaman and Steppenwolf is a pretty good metaphor for the movie industry this year.

Watching this stuff is a little like eating Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos. You know it's trash. You know it'll make you sick and clog up your guts. But you'll pay your $22.49 and go see it anyway, maybe with your friends, while munching an order of Loaded Bacon Tots or Ultimate Nachos. And you'll tell each other how much fun you had. But deep down inside you'll know you could make a better movie yourself. So, what's stopping you?


Justice League
Directed by Zack Snyder. With Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot. Now playing.

Justice League
Rated PG-13 · 119 minutes · 2017
Official Site: www.justiceleaguethemovie.com
Director: Zack Snyder
Producer: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Jim Rowe, Ben Affleck, Wesley Coller, Curtis Kanemoto, Daniel Kaminsky and Chris Terrio
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, Joe Morton, J.K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds, Amber Heard, Robin Wright, Kiersey Clemons, Michael McElhatton and Lisa Kongsli

Trailer


Now Playing

Morning

9:50 AM Century 14 Downtown Walnut Creek
1201 Locust St., (between Olympic Blvd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
10:30 AM Regal Hacienda Crossing Stadium 20 & IMAX
5000 Dublin Blvd.
Justice League Buy tickets...
11:00 AM Century 25 Union City
31200 Alvarado Niles Rd., (at Dyer St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
11:05 AM Century 16 Bayfair
15555 East 14th Street, (at Bayfair Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
11:20 AM Century at Hayward
1069 B St.
Justice League Buy tickets...
11:30 AM Alameda Theatre & Cineplex
2317 Central Ave.
Justice League Buy tickets...

Afternoon

12:10 PM Century 16 Bayfair
15555 East 14th Street, (at Bayfair Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
12:30 PM Century 16 Hilltop
3200 Klose Way, (at Hilltop Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
12:30 PM Regal Jack London Stadium 9
100 Washington St., (at Embarcadero West)
Justice League Buy tickets...
12:30 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
12:30 PM Regal Hacienda Crossing Stadium 20 & IMAX
5000 Dublin Blvd.
Justice League Buy tickets...
12:35 PM Century 16 Bayfair
15555 East 14th Street, (at Bayfair Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
12:55 PM Century at Hayward
1069 B St.
Justice League Buy tickets...
12:55 PM Century 14 Downtown Walnut Creek
1201 Locust St., (between Olympic Blvd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
1:00 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
1:15 PM AMC Van Ness 14
1000 Van Ness Ave.
Justice League Buy tickets...
1:30 PM Regal Hacienda Crossing Stadium 20 & IMAX
5000 Dublin Blvd.
Justice League Buy tickets...
1:30 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
1:55 PM Century 25 Union City
31200 Alvarado Niles Rd., (at Dyer St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
2:05 PM Century 16 Bayfair
15555 East 14th Street, (at Bayfair Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
2:15 PM Alameda Theatre & Cineplex
2317 Central Ave.
Justice League Buy tickets...
2:30 PM Century at Hayward
1069 B St.
Justice League Buy tickets...
3:10 PM Century 16 Bayfair
15555 East 14th Street, (at Bayfair Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
3:25 PM Century 16 Hilltop
3200 Klose Way, (at Hilltop Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
3:30 PM Regal Hacienda Crossing Stadium 20 & IMAX
5000 Dublin Blvd.
Justice League Buy tickets...
3:30 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
3:50 PM Regal Jack London Stadium 9
100 Washington St., (at Embarcadero West)
Justice League Buy tickets...
4:00 PM Century 14 Downtown Walnut Creek
1201 Locust St., (between Olympic Blvd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
4:00 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
4:00 PM AMC Bay Street 16
5614 Shellmound St., Ste. 220, (in the Bay Street Mall)
Justice League 3D Buy tickets...
4:05 PM Century at Hayward
1069 B St.
Justice League Buy tickets...
4:15 PM AMC Van Ness 14
1000 Van Ness Ave.
Justice League Buy tickets...
4:25 PM Rheem All-Stadium 4
350 Park St.
Justice League Buy tickets...
4:30 PM Regal Hacienda Crossing Stadium 20 & IMAX
5000 Dublin Blvd.
Justice League Buy tickets...
4:30 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League 3D Buy tickets...
4:45 PM Century 25 Union City
31200 Alvarado Niles Rd., (at Dyer St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
4:50 PM Alameda Theatre & Cineplex
2317 Central Ave.
Justice League Buy tickets...
5:05 PM Century 16 Bayfair
15555 East 14th Street, (at Bayfair Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
5:20 PM West Wind Solano 2 Drive-In
1611 Solano Way, (at Arnold Industrial Pl.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
6:10 PM Century 16 Bayfair
15555 East 14th Street, (at Bayfair Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
6:20 PM Century 16 Hilltop
3200 Klose Way, (at Hilltop Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
6:30 PM Regal Hacienda Crossing Stadium 20 & IMAX
5000 Dublin Blvd.
Justice League Buy tickets...
6:30 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
6:45 PM AMC Bay Street 16
5614 Shellmound St., Ste. 220, (in the Bay Street Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
7:00 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
7:00 PM Regal Jack London Stadium 9
100 Washington St., (at Embarcadero West)
Justice League Buy tickets...
7:10 PM Rheem All-Stadium 4
350 Park St.
Justice League Buy tickets...
7:10 PM Century 14 Downtown Walnut Creek
1201 Locust St., (between Olympic Blvd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
7:15 PM AMC Van Ness 14
1000 Van Ness Ave.
Justice League Buy tickets...
7:15 PM Century at Hayward
1069 B St.
Justice League Buy tickets...
7:30 PM Alameda Theatre & Cineplex
2317 Central Ave.
Justice League Buy tickets...
7:30 PM Regal Hacienda Crossing Stadium 20 & IMAX
5000 Dublin Blvd.
Justice League Buy tickets...
7:30 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League 3D Buy tickets...
7:35 PM Century 25 Union City
31200 Alvarado Niles Rd., (at Dyer St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
8:05 PM Century 16 Bayfair
15555 East 14th Street, (at Bayfair Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
9:10 PM Century 16 Bayfair
15555 East 14th Street, (at Bayfair Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
9:15 PM Century 16 Hilltop
3200 Klose Way, (at Hilltop Mall)
Justice League Buy tickets...
9:20 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
9:30 PM Regal Hacienda Crossing Stadium 20 & IMAX
5000 Dublin Blvd.
Justice League Buy tickets...
9:40 PM AMC Bay Street 16
5614 Shellmound St., Ste. 220, (in the Bay Street Mall)
Justice League 3D Buy tickets...
9:45 PM Regal Jack London Stadium 9
100 Washington St., (at Embarcadero West)
Justice League Buy tickets...
9:50 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
9:50 PM West Wind Solano 2 Drive-In
1611 Solano Way, (at Arnold Industrial Pl.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
10:10 PM Alameda Theatre & Cineplex
2317 Central Ave.
Justice League Buy tickets...
10:15 PM AMC Van Ness 14
1000 Van Ness Ave.
Justice League Buy tickets...
10:20 PM UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave., (between Bancroft Way and Kittredge St.)
Justice League 3D Buy tickets...
10:20 PM Century at Hayward
1069 B St.
Justice League Buy tickets...
10:25 PM Century 14 Downtown Walnut Creek
1201 Locust St., (between Olympic Blvd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.)
Justice League Buy tickets...
10:30 PM Regal Hacienda Crossing Stadium 20 & IMAX
5000 Dublin Blvd.
Justice League Buy tickets...
10:30 PM Century 25 Union City
31200 Alvarado Niles Rd., (at Dyer St.)
Justice League Buy tickets...

Film Details

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Readers also liked…

Latest in Movie Review

Author Archives

Most Popular Stories

Special Reports

Holiday Guide 2017

A guide to this holiday season's gifts, outings, eats, and more.

Taste, Fall 2017

© 2017 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation