Talking about disappointments.
I walked into “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” hoping to see one of the best comic book movies of all time, a cinematic masterpiece by director Zack Snyder. What I got instead was a film that was mediocre at best, and a director who clearly was overwhelmed by the enormity of the task of setting up the DC cinematic universe.
The film clocked in at around two and a half hours, half an hour of which could easily have been cut out without diminishing the movie. It’s almost as if they have no idea how to utilise two of the biggest comic book superheroes of all time, and that they have no comic book movies from which to draw inspiration (yes we know Warner Bros. wants to make the DC cinematic universe darker and grittier than Marvel’s but that doesn’t mean they can’t look to Marvel movies to learn how to make good comic book movies.)
This review would seem endless if I delved into spoilers and picked apart all the film’s flaws. To summarise, the writing is sloppy and tedious. Lots of pointless dialogue that does not further the plot. The film even uses the same device twice to reveal things to the audience. At certain points, scenes would seemingly build up to something exciting to amp up the audience, only to cut to something completely off tempo, leaving the audience frustrated.
Worst of all, for the most part, the film is just plain dull. Not just the signature Snyder-saturated palette, but the tone of which the acting took place. Speaking of the acting, there was a range of good (Ben Affleck was great as the new Batman, Gal Gadot was perfect as Wonder Woman, apparently also a woman of few words) and bad (my god that overacting from Jesse Eisenberg, did not work at all.)
Even the Snyder-isms were off. This guy is known for using extreme slow motion to good effects (like in “300”, “Watchmen”, even “Sucker Punch”). But here, he puts the slo-mo in all the wrong places, missing out on creating iconic cinematic moments in the process
There were moments of brilliance in the film, such as when Batman finally faced off against Superman, and the first DC Universe team fight against Doomsday. But these were overshadowed by the salient flaws of the film.
I’d almost say it’s not worth seeing in the theatres, but there are a few redeeming points to the film. It all depends on whether you want to spend that money and sit for two and a half hours for brief moments of coolness.