Critics of the film have made their own decisions about Zack Snyder’s reorganization of the Justice League, many of which claim it to be a real improvement from 2017.
The US director stood down from the DC Comics hero movie because of a family tragedy. Joss Whedon has taken the reins, but his final editions have been widely panned.
Majestic New Movie
The story sees Batman (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) uniting a group of great heroes to save the world.
Variety said Snyder’s restored version succeeds as a “majestic… new movie”.
The “grand, nimble, and immersive entertainment… is more than a vindication of Snyder’s original vision”, wrote Owen Gleiberman in his four-star review.
He said Snyder had managed to revive the DC universe’s “pop operatic grandeur” by adding “echoes of the sinister extravagance of the Avengers saga” – unlike Whedon’s “trimmed-down… hastily shot audience-friendly version”.
The Telegraph’s Robbie Colin agreed. “In a genre increasingly hidebound by formula, it stands as a monument to exceptionalism that itself feels exceptional,” he said in a five-star review.
Slate’s Karen Han wrote that while “ridiculous and excessive”, the reworking “makes me long to return to a multiplex – to see more movies that commit so completely to a vision”.
Guardian Peter Bradshaw also praised the refreshing feeling of the new version, with its new “chiaroscuro look, new backgrounds, new small letters and a disturbing new ending”.
An Engaging Version
Digital Spy found that despite being “very long… there’s no denying Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a more cohesive and engaging version of the movie”.
“You might even find yourself moved,” wrote Ian Sandwell.
The Comic Book Movie website deemed that on balance, despite its polarising potential, the new Justice League ends up a worthwhile endeavour.
“Zack Snyder’s Justice League won’t please everyone, and has no aspirations to do so,” wrote Mark Cassidy.
“The divisive filmmaker has delivered his definitive take on the DC Comics super-team, embracing the characters’ rich mythology and treating them with the respect they deserve.”
The Snyder Cut will be released on Thursday on HBO Max in the US and on Sky Cinema and Now TV in the UK.