A heavyweight battle for the ages.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction (Superhero)
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot
First off, because this is such a big release. I am going to be brief and not spoil for people. Most people will watch the film no matter what I say.
I overall enjoyed the film, but not without its flaws.
What I didn’t like
There are a few things that plague this movie and others of its kind. It happened with Spider-Man 3, happened with the Amazing Spider-Man 2, and it happens here as well. Batman v Superman has too much going on. There are multiple storylines converging when the primary plot should be Batman vs Superman. DC is trying to fit two maybe three movies of story into one. That is going to cause issues with length, going to cause issues with focus and this film has that.The first half is a bit of a mess, there are dream sequences, hallucinations, and confusing stories combined together. There are some really cool moments within the first half, some interesting conversations and Easter eggs, but also some messy parts.
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor was an issue for me from day one. (I had initial doubts about Affleck, but I believed there was a chance he’d be good.) Eisenberg never won me over in all the photos and trailers. He just seemed like an annoying little punk who was far below the awesomeness of what Lex Luthor could be. (Wish I had Brian Cranston among many others.) Eisenberg was sometimes not terrible, but much of the time he was just some punk kid who needed to be put in his place.
The final issue was near the end where someone shows up (and if you watched the trailers you know who), he does exactly what you expect he would do. There were of predictable moments.
The ending is dragged out a bit, there are moment places to end. As for the point they chose, I’m satisfied with it.
What I did like
The production value was amazing from start to finish. Even when the writing was sloppy, the quality of the film from the visuals to the score by Hans Zimmer were delightful.
The special effects were excellent looking throughout this film. The action sequences are exciting and the fight scenes are awe inspiring. I love practical effects, but now and then it’s fun to see a glossy special effects laden film (Too bad that is mostly all we get today.)
Ben Affleck removed all doubts for me, he was great as Batman. I loved his version of the character as much as Keaton or Bale (maybe more so).
Henry Cavill does work as Superman, but he doesn’t make the character his own (Though by movie end I liked Superman a lot more than I did before the film.)
Jeremy Irons is a great Alfred. I liked how much they used him in the film. Gal Gadot was someone I doubted being a good Wonder Woman at first. I wanted other candidate, but Gadot was wonderful. She had a couple moments that blew me away and brought cheers and applause from the crowd. (There are a few scenes in this film that blew me away.) The action sequences are intense!
This is exactly what I wanted when seeing Superman fight Batman. It was like the Dark Knight comic book had come to life.
Don’t believe the critics. Unless you are a Superman/Batman purist, you can find pleasures in this film. It is darker, some of the characters are kind of annoying, and the first half is a bit messy. However, the second half payoff is worth the price of admission and wait. I was very pleased with the overall film and what it setup for the future of the DC universe.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is far from a bad film. It checks off all the things DC needed to discuss. Could it have been done better? Yes. However, the positives of this film far outweigh the negatives. It reminded me of Batman (1989) meets Man of Steel (2013).
If you have been on board with the changes made in Man of Steel and like the darker Frank Miller inspired comic series and animated films. You are going to have a good time at this film. (Maybe even a great time.) It’s not perfect, but I think it is the best DC comic related film (Not including Batman franchises) ever made.
I can’t say I absolutely loved the film, but I did really like it. I will watch it again. I may even buy it. Worth my time and I think audiences will be overall pleased by the end.