Justice League, the Snyder Cut: A 4-hour epic

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a movie ramble around here, and I MISS going to the theater. So you get this home theater movie “review” until I head back to the theaters (SOON — Black Widow I’m coming for you)! 

Listen, I’m not one to judge lengthy storytelling. You’re talking to the girl who spent hundreds, if not thousands of words talking about her epic and embarrassing first period. And let’s be honest here, longer movies CAN tell better stories. An interconnected series of 20+ movies can tell the most incredible stories.

As a die-hard MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe, for the uninitiated) fan, I don’t always catch the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) flicks on arrival. Sometimes I miss them entirely. Sometimes, I’m not even sure if they’re officially connected. So when Justice League hit the scene in 2017, it swept right past my radar. 

So I had the rare opportunity to be among superhero movie lovers who had not seen the less-than-beloved Whedon version of Justice League when Brian and I sat down and watched the Snyder Cut on HBO last week. 

I even dressed for the occasion! (When I took my Dad to see the live action Aladdin movie, I think I was Disneybounding as the Genie, and he looked at me and said, “Christine, you have an outfit for everything don’t you?” Yeah Dad, I sure do.)

Chrissy posing in a Superman hoodie

I’m always excited to add to my DC clothes, because Six Flags is a DC comics park…and uh…I’m a passholder there too.

My friends at TV Store Online sent me this Superman hoodie to celebrate the new release of Justice League and I was so stoked to play comfy dress-up with it (I even made a silly TikTok reminding people that I am still a Marvel girl always), as post surgery has been all about the comfort. As usual, TVSO was there for me with the exact right thing I needed when I needed it. We had a cozy movie night in and this hoodie brought extra joy  — and warmth because it is still brrrr in Chicago at night. 

When we got home from taking doggo for a walko, we opened a bag of cheesy popcorn and settled in for a lengthy flick. Considering we easily binge watch that many TV shows in a single night, the movie never felt daunting. So why then is it a big deal to have a 4-hour movie that tries to build character development and relationships?

Overall, I liked it Justice League. I’ve always loved Batman and have very much enjoyed Ben Affleck’s Old Man Bat performance. You know I love me some Wonder Woman, and I think Gal Gadot is royalty. I would have liked to see more Aquaman action and certainly look forward to exploring the relationship between the Atlantians and Amazons (is that a DC thing? It should be). 

I thought the storytelling was fab, the characters were fun, and some of the emotional depth (particularly Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and Amy Adams’ Lois Lane) was really beautiful. I only know what Brian told me about the original, but every scene I loved, Brian responded “think so” when I asked, “Was this one cut?”

I may never watch the Whedon version of Justice League because I like the way this one played out and I can’t imagine cutting it by more than half and then re-editing it. Not to mention the behind the scenes drama with Whedon that just keeps expanding. It sounds like hell. 

While the DCEU will likely never reach the MCU level of the playing field (primarily due to trying to play catch up and rush the big collab movie instead of slowly building their universe hero by hero the way Marvel did), there is hope for Justice here, and I hope they continue to keep pushing forward. And hey, maybe I’m wrong and they will surge ahead in the comic race. I’ve been wrong before*.

Let’s normalize the longer movie. Let’s normalize long-term storytelling. There is so much room for strong character building and emotional performances when we as the audiences truly know and understand and empathize with the characters. A comic book movie doesn’t need quippy one-liners and bright colors (I know it’s weird coming from me) to bring it to life. The key is in good storytelling, and I think that Snyder did a really wonderful job with what he had to work with from the start. 

Have you seen Justice League? Both versions or just one of them? Let me know your thoughts. I’m dying to talk about this with people. 

*once. I’ve been wrong once. And only once. And it’s that one time that I said I was wrong. And that’s it. 

O for Onward!

On Monday night, we went on a quest. Tom, Laura, Brian and I adventured to our favor AMC in Chicago to catch an early screening

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Brian Shares Saturday: In Which I Told Brian You Missed Him (And Had Really Bad Grammar [And was wired on coffee])

Because OBVIOUSLY you missed him. He is sometimes funnier than me. And more often than not, he finds cooler things on the internet.

But life has been busy and he has not had a lot of time to share with me the cool things he finds on the internet. Like the article about dogs who fight and the male dog lets the female dog win (Yes, blog friends, I learned about this last night when Brian would NOT let me make decisions for our team while playing Ticket to Ride, even though all the other dudes let their ladies make the decisions…and I was stubborn and said “Fine!” like we were fighting and everyone was all “ooooohhhh! Should have said ‘yes, honey’…” and Brian was like, “Hey I read this cool article about how male dogs always let the female win if they’re fighting.” and I was all, “Why didn’t you show me THAT?!” And we were still fighting.

But. Because we switched off turns after that, we both got to do our own strategizing and managed to kick everyone’s ass and obliterate the competition and LOVE Ticket to Ride…. Yes, I meant to leave that “but” as it’s very own sentence. And yes, I realize that I am still in a parenthetical statement. And yes I realize that I am rambling on about a game we played last night. I had a very strong cup of Keurig coffee for breakfast and am ON FIRE today!) So basically I couldn’t find the article. But the male lets the female win. Did you hear that, BRIAN?

So a few days ago Brian and I had this G-chat conversation:

Me: Please feel free to resume sending random pictures and links. My blog friends miss you
Brian: did they say that?
did anyone comment on the Dark Matter article? I bet they didn’t
🙁
that makes me cry a little on the inside

And I guess it’s not so much a conversation as a comment and response, but whatever. I did not fix his grammar. (Even though my title is talking about my poor grammar and over use of parenthetical statements and the fact that I started every paragraph in this post with a conjunction and several sentences…AND have several run on sentences, but I blame coffee…I did it on purpose! Sort of.)

So go over to the Brian Shares post that sort of discusses Dark Matter (well, links to it anyways) and, for the love of God, comment on it, just to tell Brian that you have no idea what it means, but you love him anyways…otherwise this Saturday spot may cease to exist. Plus, no one needs to see my boyfriend cry. Especially not me.

He did FINALLY, after lots and lots of begging, offer me these two lovely pictures. On separate days.

Dolphins!!

If you don’t know this about me, you should. I have a dolphin obsession. Maybe it’s because they’re the only mammals, other than humans who fight and bang for pleasure. Maybe it’s because they’re so damn smart. Maybe it’s because I believe that I was a dolphin in a past life. I don’t know. But I love them. A lot. And Brian always threatens to eat dolphins. And I tell him that is mean and horrible. But then he sends me gifs like this (yes gif, not gift) and I still love him.

dolphin gif

I love the dolphin chomp. It’s what I do to bubbles! I could watch this video for hours.

Superman Meets Dr. Who

So I’ve finally started watching Dr. Who from the beginning. (OK the reboot beginning…I am lazy and don’t REALLY want to watch a show from the 60’s). I had seen many episodes and enjoyed them. But for some reason Brian doesn’t always know the difference between me falling asleep because I’m bored or tired…so he never watches it with me. So in order to show him “Hey! I’ll watch this awesomeness with you!” I started watching old episodes to “catch up.”

He sent me this, which was RIGHT after I watched the episode where a space ship crashes into Big Ben. Which apparently happens a lot in Dr. Who? And Brian said to me, “This is why Superman doesn’t visit London.”

Superman meets Dr. Who

The End!

 

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