Review Written By Michael J. Ruhland
Michael's Movie Grade: B
Review: This is certainly not a superhero film to take too seriously, however for what it is it is tons of fun.
The storyline of this movie is quite clever. It is very silly and feels like a Saturday morning cartoon. However it feels like a Saturday morning cartoon I would have no problem watching. While the story does have a moral, it never feels hammered in and instead seems to naturally come out of the story and characters. This does not change that many of the ideas employed in this story are quite good, and the simplicity and unpretentiousness of the film are quite charming. The jokes also hit more often than miss. Many of them are silly satires of the DC universe itself. These however are very loving parodies and it is obvious the filmmakers truly love the world created in DC comics. This passion is perfectly shared with us the viewer and makes the whole film fun to view. This film also has a good villain. His evil plan and silly and over the top, but then again so is this movie so it works just fine.
On the downside is that in the movie's relatively short running time (not including commercials) and with the amount of characters featured is that most of the Justice League is not as well developed here as The Flash is. With the exception of The Flash and The Atom, the members of the team are seemingly regulated to one or two character traits. We still like seeing these characters because we know them from other media (Though non-geeks will probably just see Firestorm as boring after this), but they do feel underwritten here. However the fun is more than enough to make up for that.
Overall a really fun movie worth checking out.
-Michael J. Ruhland