It’s Lex Luthor’s big moment in one of the most divisive superhero movies ever made:
“And now, you will fly to him, and you will battle him to the death. Black and blue. Fight night! The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world. God versus man. Day versus night. Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham!”
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has polarized everyone: critics and fans alike. Critics were not hesitant to deride the movie, as it has a mere 31 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, many fans enjoyed it, so much that they forked over $166,007,347 on its first weekend of release. I felt the film to be neither amazing nor atrocious, as a film lover, as a fan, and as a critic.
“Batman v Superman” won’t win Best Picture, nor will it leave a bad taste that lingers in moviegoers’ mouths so much that it ruins its every crew member’s reputation until the end of time. There are some elements that worked in the film’s favor and some against it.
Many parts of this film had me and many others smiling.In her theatrical debut, Wonder Woman is wonderful, and very much a delight to have on screen. She is portrayed skillfully by Gal Gadot, who brings the character to life. I am eagerly looking forward to her standalone movie in June 2017.
Jesse Eisenberg is also memorable in his turn as a decidedly younger Luthor. While he got on my nerves at times, he kept us on our toes, and spoke many of his lines with passion, like a true evil genius.
Forget about Gadot and Eisenberg, though: the real standout of the film is Bruce Way—I mean, Ben Affleck. Affleck ranks right up there as one of the better Batmans to be put on film.
After watching the movie, you wouldn’t know whether he is playing the Batman or if he is Batman and wants to kill Superman, played by the Cavillry.
I remember that Affleck’s casting was met with much criticism at the time (with some online petitions to remove him from the film.) Well, it’s possible Affleck read those and decided to impress his haters. Either way, he’s outstanding. Most reviews that pan the film still praise how good Affleck is.
The visuals are also a spectacle. Even though they are sometimes distracting, they are pleasant to look at, considering some of today’s CGI effects. The visuals are what director Zack Snyder does best, and as far as that goes, he didn’t disappoint this time.
Oh, and the music is just epic. Hans Zimmer (and his apprentice Tom Holkenborg) have delivered a very solid soundtrack this time, particularly with Wonder Woman’s theme.
Clark Kent stepped into a bathtub fully clothed and poured half of the water out of said tub. That wouldn’t do very much for him other than give him a bit more extra laundry to do and make poor Lois Lane clean up her bathroom, which might do her floors permanent damage or leave her with a toxic mold disease.
Aside from that very minor complaint (that bugged me throughout), here are some of the film’s other problems. The film seems like two merged into one, and “Batman v Superman” and “Dawn of Justice” could probably have been two separate films.
Also, it seems that although the film was created to address the destruction of Metropolis in the Man of Steel’s last movie, “Man of Steel”, there are still a lot of explosive sequences in the movie. This time, the bombastic ending took place mostly in a deserted island between Metropolis and Gotham, and also in Gotham.
In addition, while the visuals were great, sometimes they felt like a trite distraction from the movie’s premise. Some of the editing also annoyed me a little bit.
For instance, during the main fight scene between Superman and Batman, there were a couple too many lightning bolts for my eyes to tolerate. It also got very bright at other times when my eyes had gotten accustomed to the movie’s dark color palette. The CGI also looked admittedly fake on a certain character.
I’ll be giving “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” 75 percent (out of 100).
What that means is, if I am talking to someone about the movie, I would say, “I liked it, but I can see why you didn’t like it.” If you’re deterred by some of the critical reviews, I’d say it’s still worth a look.
So, Marvel. I think you’ve got some competition on your hands.
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