Parents' Guide to

Justice League

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

All-star superhero adventure is uneven but entertaining.

Movie PG-13 2017 121 minutes
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age 11+

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age 12+

Zack Snyder's Justice League- not sure this deserves an "R"

To clarify, I am writing a review of the "Snyder Cut" of Justice League. The 2021 version, a 4 hour long re-edit by the original director Zack Snyder- (Not the 2-hour 2017 "Justice League" film started by Snyder but completed by Joss Whedon. ) I love showing superhero movies to my kids but the DC movies of the past 10 years are usually much darker and more intense than the Marvel films- so the lowest age I usually recommend most of these for is kids 12 and up- I've made some exceptions here and there. Individual scenes in Justice League might be fine for younger kids (there are some very good Wonder Woman and Amazon war scenes that I would say are fine for younger children than that but as a whole the film is very murky and dark and grim in tone.) I honestly think most kids would be bored more than scared, due to its slow, mood-setting, character-building pace. This cut is generally an improvement over the 2017 cut- more time for character development and more superhero action. In terms of values and messages, it emphasizes the importance of teamwork, cooperation, self-sacrifice, responsibility and heroism, making amends for one's mistakes, helping those who need it, and showing compassion for those in pain and dealing with loss and grief. The violence is mostly large "Return of the King" type battle scenes of CGI aliens or warriors being stabbed or zapped. I recall seeing a VERY small amount of blood in a couple of battle scenes. The main CGI villain gets decapitated at the end, bloodlessly, after a pretty violent pummeling by various superheroes. A body is zapped out of existence by an alien weapon and you can see bones and muscle being vaporized in slow motion but not bloody, more like an anatomical illustration. The F word is used precisely 3 times- once by a villain and twice by heroes- this is not a high-profanity movie, but it's there. There are also very dark THEMES. The film really focuses on death and grief- dead superheroes, dead parents, grieving fiances, grieving husbands, grieving parents. There are no fewer that three voiceovers by dead fathers talking to their sons in this film... If you know about the personal family tragedy that caused the filmmaker to leave the film initially, this all greatly adds to the emotional power of the film, clearly a very passionate and personal work. But it also makes it more adult. Long story short- I think the very slow pace will bore younger children before they have a chance to be scared or scandalized-- the themes of loss and grief will go over most of their heads, the action scenes may very well thrill them but might scare younger children. It really feels more of a harder PG-13 than an R. So fine for 12+ in my opinion, though use your judgement based on the kid. I am a father of 6.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
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age 9+

Gets a bad rap...

This movie is good. I think the reason people don't seem to like it is because it has amnesia about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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DC's ensemble adventure works best when it's highlighting co-screenwriter/director Joss Whedon's signature team-building elements, which humanize each superhero. But it's ultimately not as cohesive or memorable as Wonder Woman. It is, however, better than Batman v Superman (though once more it's the melancholy Superman subplot that brings the story down). The cast, led by Affleck and Gadot, is certainly good, but the band of superheroes doesn't quite gel until the final battle sequence. Until then, they're all sizing one another up -- and, in the case of Aquaman, finding others (with the exception of Wonder Woman) lacking. At one point, Aquaman literally says to Bruce, in what becomes a running gag, "You have no powers, no offense."

A big part of the reason that the movie feels uneven is that it was directed by both Zach Snyder and Whedon (official credit notwithstanding), who stepped in after a family tragedy forced Snyder to withdraw from the film. Snyder is an action stylist (all those slow-motion shots of the superheroes mid-air, about to punch, stab, hit someone!), but he isn't exactly a master at realistic dialogue. Whedon, meanwhile, is a specialist in witty banter, ensemble relationships, and dialogue. Those familiar with both filmmakers' styles will find it easy to tell which aspects of the movie are Snyder's and which are Whedon's, but they don't always blend together well. On the bright side, the additions to the team are all compelling in their own ways, with Miller's The Flash as the punchy, adorkable teen of the bunch (like the new Spider-Man over at Marvel). This may not be the universal win DC wanted after the studio's Wonder Woman high, but there's a lot of potential for the sequel, as well as individual Justice League movies.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 17, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: March 13, 2018
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Inclusion Information: Indigenous actors, Polynesian/Pacific Islander actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Topics: Superheroes
  • Character Strengths: Courage, Teamwork
  • Run time: 121 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sequences of sci-fi violence and action
  • Last updated: October 13, 2022

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