Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out, and it seems that critics went for the comic book-based movie’s jugular. Critics have been quite generous with some comic-based movies but after seeing the new movie myself, I’m shocked at the vitriol this one is garnering. According to many of them, Zack Snyder’s flick is “disjointed,” and I’ve seen many viewers saying it was hard to follow. There was nothing “disjointed” about it. I can only assume that these people were confused by several dream sequences which were necessary to the film’s goal of laying groundwork for the upcoming Justice League. Other than that possibility, there is literally nothing to be confused about if you are remotely listening and paying attention during the movie! Some also accused BvS of having no heart. I disagree with that assessment as well. Both of our heroes love of mankind and the need for each of them to protect humans is what gives the film plenty of heart.
I was one of the folks that really enjoyed BvS‘s predecessor, Man of Steel. Henry Cavill returns as Clark Kent/Superman here, with his Son of Krypton not understanding the backlash he’s receiving. Cavill gives a solid performance as Superman, but his most real moments come when he shares scenes with Amy Adams as his love interest, Lois Lane. When he says she is his world, you believe him. The big buzz over this movie the past few years was the introduction of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. I told you two years ago that I was happy about the casting, and it’s clear that my faith in Affleck’s abilities was not unwarranted. Affleck owned the role and quickly made himself the best Bruce Wayne and Batman to hit the silver screen. Many critics that slammed the movie still had high praise for Affleck, and for good reason. His anger and fear toward Superman are so believable that some people had a hard time believing he could “get over it” in the course of the movie. But, I felt the “getting over it” actually worked well too. Ben and his stuntman Richard Cetrone brought one hell of a badass Bats to the movie and made one of the best fight scenes in any film, not just a Batman film. Yes, I’m talking about that kickass warehouse fight scene! The other most talked about character, of course, is Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. She did not have a huge part here, but she was an interesting enough character as Diana Prince that I’m now very curious about her new movie next year. When she showed up at the big fight scene as Wonder Woman with a smirk on her face and a guitar-driven music theme welcoming her, it was pretty darn fantastic.
(Slight spoiler alert!) Some fans have complained about the way in which the Bats/Supes situation got resolved. I felt it worked well and was not the cheesy thing some felt it was. When you see it, consider the fact that it’s not just about a name. It’s about Bruce realizing that this isn’t just some alien who could be dangerous – but another MAN who has people he cares about – just like Bruce. A name may have startled him into stopping his onslaught, but I believe that realization followed. Hence the turnaround.
I felt the movie worked as a whole and found it shocking that so many felt otherwise. I just hope that people do themselves the courtesy of viewing the movie without prejudice based on the thoughts of others. As with all Zack Snyder films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is visually beautiful. And, it has several scenes that are just plain awesome – including the Batman/Superman fight, the previously mentioned warehouse scene, and Batman’s premonition scene – which is visually stunning and intense! Overall, the movie is excellent and far surpasses the quality of Man of Steel, Marvel’s last two Iron Man films, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, just to give you perspective. I saw it twice, once at a regular theater, and once in IMAX 3D. I highly suggest the IMAX 3D if you can, as it looked spectacular!
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is still in theaters all over the world. See it on the big screen while you can, it is definitely worth it!
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