Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of watching the long awaited Zack Snyder cut of Justice League. I wanted to collect some of my initial thoughts about the film somewhere other than Twitter. Needless to say there are potential spoilers ahead, but I'll try to keep them to a minimum.
1. My overall impressionJustice League is like nothing else that exists. This film is four hours of characters and events that have been permanently turned up to 11. Your mileage may understandably vary on whether that's good or bad - I think it's very, very, good.
2. The perfect mediumThis film would look fantastic on the big screen, but to be honest streaming on TV is the perfect medium for it. Snyder has obviously been working on the assumption that this is his last chance to play with these characters. Ideas that seem as if they were intended for sequels that will now never happen get plenty of screen time (especially in the epilogue). These scenes have little to do with the main plot - but they work! Watching this film on your couch with the ability to take comfort breaks whenever you want turns what might seem like unnecessary flab in the cinema into entertaining diversions from the main plot.
It was the same with Batman v Superman. Watching the extended cut on Blu Ray was a far superior - and more coherent - experience to the theatrical cut. This doesn't actually speak well for Snyder as a film maker considering his entire job is to create cinematic experiences. But whether you take it as a positive or a negative, streaming on TV is his ideal medium - everything he wants to pack in to the film has room to breathe.
Having said that I wouldn't trade Zack Snyder's Justice League for anything. There may never be another film like it, but it's so spectacularly huge in every way that there really doesn't need to be!