Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs, a new threat is created. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop them from destroying Metropolis.
Now before I begin;
– Marvel didn’t pay me money to bash on this movie. Even though I’m a DC fan, I absolutely hate this stupid fanboyism war between Marvel & DC. Come on, we’re adults here.
– This review is my absolute honest opinion.
We all know what Christopher Nolan did for the Batman franchise. He revitalised it and gave it new life. How did he do it? He made the universe realistic and created complex characters that were fascinating to watch. If you rewatch ‘The Dark Knight’ you’ll notice there is a solid half hour period of building up and introducing characters and story lines, and yet you never even notice because it is directed with impeccable pacing and intertwined with scenes of brilliant action. Director Zack Snyder completely fails in this regard. The films takes well over an hour to set everything up (even though there’s less going on in this one story-wise) and it feels like the double of that.
Unfortunately, there are no two ways around it, this is Zack Snyder all over again and his difficulty in storytelling which we find once again here. Snyder does not manage to make this into an organic film. Now, of course there is some big blame to be given to the studio for overloading this film to the point where it would seem impossible to make it coherent.
The problem of the film is the chaotic story we are handed and even worse, the editing of it. There is so much that is unclear, left unexplored, but even more so, character motivations that shift uncontrollably and leave you scratching your head repeatedly. The whole last hour is a preposterous mess that really screws up what up until then was a quite decent (not great) film, even if it lacked momentum and most importantly the struggle of the two title characters which is repeatedly sidelined in favor of subplots and intrigue that frequently result aimless. Not to mention the whole ending which goes on for eternity with an emotional dryness. The film does not flow and ends up being a mess.
This isn’t Bale’s Batman, in case anyone was unaware. Batfleck is much more grizzled/hardened and holding a grudge for all the lives lost via the Superman vs Zod battle in ‘Man of Steel’. When you see things from his perspective, it’s little wonder he doesn’t like Superman. Despite all the complaining over Affleck’s casting, he does a great job. He proves to be a great Batman. There’s a nice dynamic between him and Jeremy Irons’ Alfred, who provide one of the few aspects of ‘humour’ in the movie. I’m really looking forward for Batfleck’s standalone Batman movie.
I don’t have anything against Eisenberg (I loved him in The Social Network), but the way he played Luthor as some kind of insecure, twitchy psycho just seemed stilted and artificial to me. By far the worst performance of the movie. Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince/Wonder Woman was great. Although her appearances are only lightly sprinkled throughout most of the movie, when she does eventually make her entrance – and what an entrance it is – there’s no doubt that she is the Wonder Woman for the new age.
Some of the movie’s component actually stands out really great like the score by Zimmer and Junkie XL and the cinematography actually helps the audience to feel the dark and thrilling tone from the movie. It’s not the worst movie ever made by far. Besides it’s problems, it’s still entertaining. There is a lot of potential in the movie itself, but the editing really leaves the movie without legs. We will see what the actual Director’s cut (+ Rated R version) will be like.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gets a 6.5/10.