Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, and Gal Gadot. The film is about Batman (Affleck) and Superman (Cavill), obviously, not seeing eye to eye in how a hero should act, which causes a battle between the two of them. All of this while Lex Luthor (Eisenberg) is behind the scenes attempting to manipulate the two of them.
This is clearly one of the biggest movies of 2016, and quite possibly the biggest superhero movie to date, so yeah, I was very excited to see this movie. As soon as casting was announced for this film, there was some major talk about two choices: Affleck as the Dark Knight, and Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. The trailers have led to even more disputes, especially with Eisenberg.
After seeing the film, Ben Affleck is a terrific choice to play Bruce Wayne, as he is believable in both the billionaire role and as the caped crusader. I thought both him and Cavill play the leads well, and I also enjoyed the conflicts that each of them faces, both with each other and with their own lives. Eisenberg, well, we will get to him later.
My favorite character in the movie was actually Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. While she clearly is easy on the eyes, very easy, she also has the most intriguing character in the whole film. She brought life to otherwise dull scenes, and her introduction as Wonder Woman was the one moment during the film when the audience at my theater applauded, and the applause was certainly worthy.
What was strange to me was just how wrong I was on what points of the film I would enjoy. I thought, from what I saw in the trailers, that the first half of this film would be great and the last half would be way overstuffed. I was plain wrong, as the second half has the ideal amount and the first half is nearly barren of entertainment. The last hour of this film is nonstop enjoyment and includes everything that the audience paid for. The action scenes look gorgeous, the fight sequences are superb, and the tension was created pretty well overall.
I was skeptical on the inclusion of Doomsday in this movie, but not only is he necessary, he is awesome in his short screen time. Along with including moments I was dying to see, the movie also throws a few curveballs in the final act, which I liked.
However, the first two acts of this film are sloppy, dull, and, quite simply, pointless. The first about 90 minutes of this movie can be summed up in a sentence or two, and, while I won’t do it here to avoid spoilers, that certainly isn’t a good thing.
I understood the conflict between Batman and Superman within a few scenes, and Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman are introduced rather early, so there is no excuse whatsoever to drag on this unnecessary build up for so damn long.
Eisenberg’s lines for Lex Luthor that he is given to say are actually excellent. I clearly saw his motives and I think many of the scenes he is in could have made him a great villain, but Eisenberg and the performance he was told to give in this movie are just so wrong. This crazy, high pitched voice mixed with his performance from The Social Network are so over the top and ridiculous it just takes away from the excellent dialogue he has. If this character had a dark, more bruting tone, I think I would have loved it. Instead, I was scratching my head at the casting choice and tone of voice the entire time.
While I understand the dark tone is kind of DC’s thing after Man of Steel and the Dark Knight trilogy, man can’t these movies be a little more fun? The Dark Knight trilogy worked because the incredible Christopher Nolan was the one running the show, and no matter how much director Zack Snyder tries his absolute best to capture the tone and flow of Nolan, he cannot do it. Every one of Snyder’s movies follows the same problems: too long, too dark, and too boring. This movie has all three of these issues, and they get in the way so much in the beginning half that my excitement for the fights was dulled to almost nothing. I think there are ideas that have the potential to be intriguing, but I just didn’t care about any of them much at all, and I found myself bored out of my mind way too often for a movie called Batman v Superman.
Dream sequences need major explanations in order to be acceptable, so the fact that there are two in this movie that has little reason for being there is a lazy way to put cool moments in the trailer, and I hate that. Also, we know that Justice League is coming, so shoving down blatantly obvious promotional scenes in pivotal moments of the movie is not only ridiculous but terribly distracting.
Overall, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice kicks ass when the movie starts moving along, but it takes way too long to do that. Cavill, Affleck, and specifically Gadot are all great, and the visuals effects and action scenes are superb. However, Eisenberg did not work for me, Snyder’s direction is too dull and lengthy, and the opening half of this movie is unforgivably long and could have been shortened by about an hour with no penalty to the plot. The final act of this movie I loved, I really did, but I have to say that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a disappointment overall, especially for the insane hype surrounding it.
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