Emotionally powerful and supported by strong set pieces and a consistent challenging theme, the conclusion to the Caesar series is entertainment value at its best. The work put into motion capture in this film is undeniably impressive and unbelievably authentic.
A journey through the scope of the capturing of locations is enough to exhaust you. But when you are additionally enduring the politics, the landscapes, the luscious music and art department, the raw emotions, and deeper questions you feel as if you have gone through history itself. What an unbelievable way of taking a viewer on a journey.
Justice League is oddly a film that belongs to no one yet the fault of its failure to inspire falls on Snyder's lackluster vision, Whedon's tonal upset, and Warner Bros.' misunderstood marketing. The characters are uninteresting and overzealous, the storytelling falls under the pretense that a team is needed without establishing proper motivation, the dialogue is either unwarranted exposition or minimal reflection, and any hint of appropriate themes are completely absent. Granted, the casting is rather spot-on (despite how often their scripting counters their personalities) and the actors are mostly a joy to watch.
An improvement both visually and thematically, H2 seems to have a stronger grasp on its psychological leftovers of the first film but still spends time on disposable characters that engage in meaningless college-talk dialogue, sexual expression, and an acute lack of awareness. The final moments of the film suggest a hopeless journey but the follow up brings with it an appealing final showdown.