Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Movie Critique 2016 – 03/29/2016: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a movie review.
Prologue: Go here.

Stars: 2.5 / 5
Recommendation: A total disappointment for me, not just the acting, but the story plot and the editing.

A much awaited movie since past year, the movie Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice finally released on March 25th of this year. Superman has been always my favorite super hero. And Batman had always my empathy since the world always saw him as a dark avenger rather than a super hero. So I was curious about the whole concept of them being pitted against each other. By now everyone knows the story, so my review would be just on the positives and negatives of the movie. Unfortunately I have a lot of negatives. **Sigh** So here goes my review.

The idea of pitting one superhero against another was interesting since we have seen that being done in comic books more than once. The movie starts eighteen months after Superman's battle with General Zod in Metropolis but instead of being appreciated for it, media makes him a controversial figure - if not for Superman coming to Earth, General Zod would never had followed and caused that massive destruction. Batman views Superman has a threat because of all this. Superman also learns about Batman's activities, he perceives Batman a threat and follows him everywhere as his alter-ego Daily Planet's journalist, Clark Kent. In comes LexCorp's fanatic owner Lex Luthor trying to convince Senator June Finch to allow him to import Kryptonite but is denied the request. Lex doesn’t take the denial kindly. Thus begins the chase between Lex, Superman and Batman - one working to destroy Earth while two trying to save Earth.

Basic plot could have been a super-hit if the unnecessary subplots were not included. Mainly the dark dreams that Batman often sees. More than 30 mins of the movie covers that which in my opinion was not required. One dream would have been enough to explain the background. That added to boredom to the movie.

Editing, I felt, very haphazard. Several scenes looked like patch work.

Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman was a better choice for the role than Christian Bale in The Dark Knight series - more because the voice he uses as a Batman was not sounding so constipated as Christian Bale sounded. And Ben Affleck looked hotter in the suit. :)

Henry Cavill is perhaps the second actor who has come closer to being the perfect Superman - first being Christopher Reeve. Perfectly fitted into the role of both Superman and his alter-ego Clark Kent. However, I would have wanted him to be a little more stronger and a bit faster in getting Batman's head right.

Jesse Eisenberg mastered his role as Lex Luthor here. He always came across as a bit maniac filled with craziness in whatever role he played, so it was a perfect choice to cast him as Lex Luthor. I am yet to understand what his end goal is for pitting Batman against Superman other than taking revenge on Superman. But what is his beef against Batman - that didn’t come clear in the movie. If the director makes a sequel - braving the loss with this movie - perhaps it might get clearer.

We get to see Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman first time in a live-action movie. I am looking forward to see more of these characters in future series that they build. However, Wonder Woman was a surprise. Gal Gadot depicted her role so very well. It was disappointing to see so less of her un the movie - expected more than what was shown.

Finally if the movie could have had less dream-world time for Batman, a little more activity for Wonder Woman and also reduce the monotony of Batman Vs Superman (which we all know the movie is about), it would have not been such a disappointment and leave all us with a massive headache. Let's hope the sequel has a better story line-up and editing.
Tags: critique by amateur, movies, reviews

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