Hey everyone! This is my first (hopefully of many) posts here, and of course, it's a movie review. First of all, I'd like to say that this review will contain mild spoilers. I'll mark then when they pop up, but if you feel strongly about watching movies before listening to people complain about them, you should probably just go pick up this movie now. Seriously, it's good.
For those who don't know, Justice League: Doom is the 13th installment of DC's original animated movies, and it came out earlier this year, on February 28th. If you enjoy DC comics, I'd highly recommend picking up this movie.
Anyways, here’s my thoughts:
The Plot: Good, but could’ve been better. The beginning action scene where the Justice League fights off the Royal Flush Gang, which is just a bunch of mooks (you know, the kind that try to rob a bank and get their asses hauled off to jail after about five minutes) is a pretty typical superhero movie scene, but it still feels quite disjointed with the rest of the plot. After that, the movie follows each member individually as SERIOUS SHIT GOES DOWN. Each hero's individual bit is pretty cool, apart from Green Lantern, who is just absolutely ridiculous pretty much throughout the entirety of the movie. Overarching plot flaws aside, the fast-paced fighting is exciting enough and definitely keeps your attention until the plot comes together. The points that I found most disappointing (other than Green Lantern's desperate need for counseling and about 50 gallons of chocolate ice cream) were definitely towards the end of the movie, as I couldn't wrap my head around the main villain's motivation at all (without giving away too many spoilers, think Watchmen).
There were also quite a few derp moments that pop up, usually in serious and/or important scenes. Naturally, these derp moments ended up being some of my favorite parts of the movie. *spoiler* For example, Bane, while walking through the jungle, is the victim of a random crocodile attack. This huge ass crocodile literally leaps five feet out the water and jumps Bane, completely out of the blue. And no, this event really doesn't have anything to do with the plot, at all. Didn't see that one coming. Martian Manhunter also makes sweet martian tentacle love to Superman at one point, if you look reaaaally closely. This is, of course, after J'onn is given roofies by his evil twin brother, and as a result, spontaneously combusts. I shit you not.*/end spoiler*
The Characters: Great. Loved them. Our same old beloved Justice Leaguers, once again done so well in this movie. Green Lantern fans might disagree, because he spends a good half of the movie moping about something or other while everyone else is in mortal danger, but hey, his powers are driven by willpower after all...
The Animation: I'm no expert, but I thought it was excellent, which I must say I wasn’t really expecting. I don’t really have much to say about this though, because I didn’t catch a single animation derp moment… and believe me, I was waiting for one.
Final Score: 7.5/10. Compared to the rest of the DCU original animated movies, I'd say 9/10. Comic fans will definitely love it and should give it a watch. Green Lantern fans should probably break out the ice cream.