For Dawn of Justice, the viewers and reviewers are divided in two factions right now: either you love the movie, or you utterly despise it. But for a person who doesn’t jump onto the hype-train or the hate-wagon so soon without judging the movie from a neutral standpoint, I’m lying somewhat in the middle, or you might say I’m leaning more towards the positive. Sure, it has a ton of flaws but let’s discuss why BvS wasn’t such a bad movie after all.
[Note: This review may contain MILD spoilers]
Excerpt taken from IMDb:
Following his titanic struggle against General Zod, Metropolis has been razed to the ground and Superman is the most controversial figure in the world. While for many he is still an emblem of hope, a growing number of people consider him a threat to humanity, seeking justice for the chaos he has brought to Earth. As far as Bruce Wayne is concerned, Superman is clearly a danger to society. He fears for the future of the world with such a reckless power left ungoverned, and so he dons his mask and cape to right Superman’s wrongs. The rivalry between them is furious, fueled by bitterness and vengeance, and nothing can dissuade them from waging this war. However, a dark new threat arises in the form of a third man: one who has a power greater than either of them to endanger the world and cause total destruction.
My Take on the Movie:
First of all let’s take a look at the problems.
“It has no plot!”, “Too many loopholes”, “A snore-fest”, “Terrible character development”, “Too rushed”, “Didn’t make sense.”
These are among the FEW complaints that the critics and viewers have with the movie, and they’re not completely wrong. It does suffer from a lot of loopholes, it is rushed, and a lot of things don’t really make sense if you haven’t been following the comics. But please don’t say that it has no plot. It has plenty of it. In fact it has TOO MUCH plot, that’s why it felt all crammed and complicated in the first place.
You know what’s the biggest problem with BvS? It’s that DC is trying to play catch-up with Marvel. That’s the main issue, and it is a BIG one.
What DC doesn’t realize is that Marvel has been in the game for far too long now. They started building up for the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008 when Nick Fury made an appearance in the after credits scene in Iron Man 1. That was the first seed Marvel planted, which has now grown into the gigantic Redwoods now.
DC on the other hand, well they put a lot of focus on the animated movies side – which I really applaud coz the Justice League cartoons are AWESOME *clap clap* – but as for the live-action movies, they gave us a few stand-alones in the past decade like Superman Returns and Green Lantern, which were as useless for the DC Universe as an Oculus Rift is for a blind person. DC’s only core strength in Hollywood was our beloved Batman (The Dark Knight), which AGAIN did not have anything to do with the expansion of the DCU.
So now we have the writers of BvS sitting in the studio thinking, “Heh, it took Marvel eight years to be where it is today? Oh we’ll show em, coz we’ll do it in ONE. Come on guys, lets take Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg allll into one movie (don’t forget to give three of them just three second cameos) and then mix it all up with a huge political conspiracy between Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor and the US Government! Boom! In yo face Marvel!”
In other words, they got too ambitious. They didn’t have enough reel-time to cover all the backstories of the supporting characters; especially Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor’s. Because DC has decided to follow a reverse chronology therefore we’ll just have to wait for Wonder Woman’s stand-alone movie to delve deeper into her story from the Amazonian times. But I just did NOT understand what Lex Luthor was doing, why he was doing it and HOW?? Jesse would’ve been a great Lex only if he was given enough screen time to explore the motivations behind his actions.
Anyway, enough with the negatives, let’s take a look at the positives!
Batman V Superman is a BEAUTIFUL movie. It’s not only a visual delight (the dark gritty look actually suits the movie) but also a very thought provoking film. In the first half it explores the conflict between morals, control of power and greed quite wonderfully. It shows Superman as a selfless being, willing to do everything for the good of this Earth and the woman he loves. It portrays Batman (as always) as a person broken inside, haunted by his past and willing to destroy anything that lies in his path of justice (even if his definition of justice seems a little messed up sometimes).
The final action scene with Doomsday was pretty cool but was nothing we haven’t seen before! Lots of explosions, buildings being obliterated, colossal destruction of EVERYTHING… But the brawl between Batman and Superman, that was in it’s true sense the definition of EPIC. Seeing Batman fighting dirty and having the upper hand on Superman was by far the best thing I’ve seen this year. Although the conclusion to that fight was a little anti-climatic and too sudden, but on the whole this movie deserves a round of applause for that entire sequence.
Now, can we talk about Ben Affleck? Do I think he was a better Batman than Christian Bale? Umm not really perhaps, but pretty damn close. Do I think he was a better Bruce Wayne than Christian Bale? DAMN RIGHT! Affleck’s portrayal of Mr. Wayne was more rugged, serious, and cultivated. It’s a matter of personal taste, so according to my insignificant opinion there could NOT have been a better casting decision for this iconic role.
As for his portrayal for Batman; it was… quite violent and dark. Just the way I like it! I mean, branding the bad guys? Yikes! That was something we hadn’t seen before 😀 And then there’s the matter of killing people, a debate which I’m NOT gonna get into, otherwise this post is gonna turn tediously long.
By the way, that exercise routine scene of his? Ahem. Let’s just say, this movie has a lot of eye-candy for the ladies 😛 So yeah, thanks Zack Snyder 😀
The Final Verdict:
Visually stunning, tense, brutal, well-acted by very well-cast actors; Batman V Superman was worth every penny. It is definitely a flawed film, and it may seem like a long trailer for the upcoming Justice League movies, but it was a decent effort by Snyder and the rest of the team, all of which paid off in the end (it’s a box office hit after all despite the critics mercilessly bashing it). If you don’t mind bearing a few unexplained plot points, then go watch Dawn of Justice yourself.
My Potahto Rating:
7 out of 10 Potahtos