Justice League is cynical.
Don’t get me wrong, the Marvel films are cynical too. It’s all cynical. Hollywood is a cynical industry.
It strikes me, however, that Justice League is an example of the cynicism of Hollywood gone horribly awry.
That’s not to say that it’s terrible, or even that bad. It’s certainly far better than Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad. But for all their faults, those films at least presented a consistent worldview. Justice League feels tonally consistent, at odds with itself, in unnatural ways.
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The idea of remaking Dawn of the Dead is audacious in a way, and Zack Snyder’s 2004 “remake” manages to be shockingly effective, if somewhat missing some of the charm of the original. The original film is no romp by any means, but as I’ve previously remarked upon, there’s a definite sense of levity, with the mall setting providing a chance for lighter character beats. The cheap low-budget nature of the original, with its shabby, shambling zombies, is endearing in a way. Though not an expensive film by modern standards, the 2004 Zack Snyder adaptation looks and feels like it takes full advantage of its $26 million budget, bringing a high level of technical craft to the proceedings. The zombies here are incredibly active and quick beasts, fueling an almost unrelentingly violent film.
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