So last Thursday I went and saw Batman V Superman. My initial thoughts were that it had its flaws but on the whole I didn’t mind it too much. But I’ve spent the weekend digesting all two and a half hours of it and in conclusion I didn’t like it. In fact, the more I think/talk about it the more I dislike the movie.
You’ve got be living under a rock to not know what the story is about but in a nut shell, Batman and Superman dislike each other, then Batman and Superman become best friends, they then destroy Doomsday (a monster) with the help of Wonder Woman and then the first set of stones are in place for the Justice League movie.
For me, it just didn’t work. I thought on paper that the casting was excellent but sadly when it’s all said and done, a lot of the performances were average. The worst of them being Jesse Eisenberg as Superman’s arch rival, Lex Luthor. I felt like he wanted the character to have a business ethic with evil aspirations which is absolutely fine and I love that kind of villain. But along with that he decided to throw in what seemed like Joker-esque qualities. Not just his hair but his manic talking, over-the-top irrational actions without thinking and that weird finger tapping thing which was annoying. I also enjoy that kind of villain but they are far too different from one another to be played by the same person, as the same character, in the same film. I think if he’d have focused on the more traditional Lex Luthor type character, it would have come across much better.
I personally didn’t enjoy the Batman character but I can fully appreciate what Ben Affleck done with it. He is old, pissed off and wants to ultimately kill Superman for what he’d done in the final battle from Man of Steel. He had a lot of flashbacks and although the one in the dessert was cool to watch, they all felt a bit unnecessary. They were at times, a distraction from the rest of the film and seemed like they were trying to confuse us all (or maybe just me). The montage of Bruce preparing for his fight with the caped crusader showed what great shape Affleck got in for the role, but sadly him hitting a big tyre with a sledge hammer will follow him forever.
His right hand man, Alfred, played by the great Jeremy Irons was satisfactory. He unsurprisingly got a couple of humorous lines but I was hoping for more of him. For being Bruce’s “right-hand man”, he disappeared for long periods of this film and could have been a much lighter side to this dark film.
Henry Cavil as Superman/Clark Kent was no different from Man of Steel, I think looks-wise he fits the part perfectly but I am just not a fan of Superman. I just find him so boring. This isn’t Cavil’s fault, its sadly just the way the character comes across and unfortunately I will never be won over by the caped crusader.
Amy Adams was one of my more favoured performances as Lois Lane. She was smart, strong and didn’t mind being left in the middle of nowhere when the heroes were fighting each other. Some of her dialogue was awful, “I’m not a woman, I’m a journalist” being the most cringe worthy but I liked how she came across on screen.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman made a brief appearance. I don’t think I can make a full judgement of the character until we see her in next years “Wonder Woman”. She does however look great and from her getting her hands dirty in the final battle, she can definitely hold her own which is great to see.
I did like the majority of the music and was sad to find out that Hans Zimmer is retiring from doing anymore scores for superhero movies. This must have been a lot of work and overall I was impressed but that stupid guitar rift with every Wonder Woman appearance became increasingly annoying with each note.
I don’t want to get in to a Snyder bashing too much, but I just think that he probably wasn’t the best choice to direct this film and I think I can see what he wanted to get from this movie, but he unfortunately got it wrong. There were too many stories trying to be told, trying to interlink them as well as lots of flashbacks and setting things up for future DC films all just made for a messy film.
I thought the effects were awful, the big monster (Doomsday) was wasted and a bit pointless. There were a lot of unanswered questions that I felt should have been answered and there’s so many plot holes that I could write an entire review on them (but I won’t, cause I’m lazy). My two biggest annoyances were the introduction to the future Justice League members which seemed half-hearted. And the sudden realization that Batman and Superman, after just uttering the word “Martha”, turn from the worst of enemies to the best of friends. As soon as it happened I let out a short burst of laughter and a little part of me died inside.
This is my first review where overall I didn’t like the film and hopefully it doesn’t happen too often. I do try and find the good in all I see but I struggled so much to find it in this. I know there are a lot of opinions out there and I suppose in a good way it’s nice to see that it has created so many heated discussions and people being protective over their beloved DC brand.
I have not given up complete hope of this DC vision and I will continue to watch further releases over the coming years because let’s face it, it can’t get any worse.
Thanks for reading.