Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Film Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 

PG-13 | 2h 31min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy| 25 March 2016 (USA)

Directed by Zack Snyder

Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams & several other great actors

“Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.”

I’m sure you have all heard of the negative reviews this film has been receiving despite the insane amount of money it has made within the first three days of being released.  I am sorry to say that while we too, spent money to watch this film, I am also one of the people who is about to give it a bad review.  If you’ve read enough of these, it’s okay to stop reading right now.  However, If you enjoy mini rants about why a film can make someone feel bored and make them roll their eyes throughout the film- then please, continue reading!

To begin with, I understand that this is a superhero film, and people may overthink things when it comes to these films. However, many of my friends are huge comic book buffs/ superhero fans and for anyone who is passionate about ANYTHING, they would like to see representations done properly so when they don’t, I think they’re allowed to be disappointed.  With that being said, while I love DC/Marvel, I am not a huge buff who knows everything about every hero or villain- I just don’t.  I am merely someone who loves the stories and I like learning more about the background of each character.  This is why, after watching this film, I asked my SO about why he was so upset about how they did Doomsday in this film, or wanted to know more about Alex Luthor Jr.

batman-vs-superman DoomsdayOnce he explained, I disliked the film even more for taking the fast track route out of doing Doomsday properly.  I can see why they had to do it this way though since it took two hours to even get to a good part and by then, they ran out of time to do anything properly.  Doomsday, in general, just reminded me of the troll in Lord of the Rings.  Sure, he wasn’t what I expected but at least the scenes involving him were mildly entertaining.

Batman_v_Superman_Dawn_of_Justice_Luthor I already dislike Jesse Eisenberg as an actor and this movie didn’t make me change my opinions of him.  I will say that while he apparently didn’t do the role of Alexander Joseph Luthor Jr in the proper way, (he had warned us months ago that he would be doing a different take of the character), I will try to be nice and say that he did his take of the role well.  BUT!  I did see a post that discussed how Eisenberg’s version of Lex Luthor will remind you of every other Eisenberg role and all I will say, is that I agree with all that was mentioned.

Ben Affleck- I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to “The Fleck”.  I heard that he did a great job as Batman and surprisingly, he is one of the very few things I did not despise about this movie.  Sure, I didn’t appreciate one of the bat suits he wore, the amount of times we apparently needed to see a closeup of his feet as he was walking was ridiculous and no matter what voice technology is used, Batman’s voice will always be ridiculous (flashback to Christian Bale taking 20 minutes to get out once sentence) BUT as an older Bruce Wayne, I loved him.  I think he was great so hats off to him for his performance.  Henry Cavill also did a great job at playing Super Man but that is nothing new.  If I had to see one more sentimental moment between him and Amy Adams though, I think I would have ripped my hair out.  Especially since every single time it happened, slow and heartfelt music started.  Stop it.  If you’re fighting Doomsday, don’t ruin it by breaking up the mood with this stupidity.  I don’t care.  I’m sorry if it’s harsh.  I know she’s his entire world and whatnot but now is not the time for this.  Don’t ruin the only scenes I enjoyed by adding this lovey-dovey stuff.  However, they didn’t even get that fight right either so…. Sigh.

Something else I enjoyed, was the overall good cast.  It was full of actors and actresses I respect.  No matter what your views are of Perry White being played by Laurence Fishburne, it’s Fishburne!  I have always enjoyed his work so while I don’t agree with it, I am glad it was him who played White.  Jeremy Irons as Alfred made me smile since I will always have a soft spot in my heart for The Lion King but that’s just me.  Diane Lane, Kevin Kostner, Holly Hunter, it was nice seeing you- even if you were in some scenes that I found highly annoying.  I don’t want to give any spoilers so I will keep my mouth shut, but Sen. Finch- how dumb are you?

Overall, I will never watch this movie again if I can help it. I understand that they feel the need to show the Wayne family murders in every film for those just getting into the movies and in this film, they needed the flashback in a more… “necessary” way but if I have to see the history behind Bruce Wayne becoming Batman one more time, I might go nuts.  If they had spent less time on the first two hours of the film explaining who Batman was, why he was against Superman etc, then they would have had more time to create Doomsday properly and not rush the fight (it was supposed to be 2 or 3 days long with one final blow for both Superman and Doomsday, not the over dramatic scene we got instead).  It just felt like it was two hours of being bored and then a rushed ending to make up for it.

I know everyone is excited for Justice League to happen, but I think all of these movies leading up to it are just a waste of time and money.  Aquaman looks ridiculous like usual (sorry Jason Momoa fans) but I am happy with how Wonder Woman is coming to be so far.  I am indifferent when it comes to her though so I don’t think I would have anything bad to say even if I tried.

All in all, good job to Cavill and Affleck, “nice seeing you” to the other actors, Justice League- hurry up please, but overall, I could have watched this at home and be disappointed by the Batmobile scenes in the comfort of my own home.  At least then I wouldn’t have felt bad about only watching the last half hour of the movie… you know… when it actually got interesting… sort of.

What did you think?  Are you going to stand behind how AMAZING this film was or do you agree that it was a major let down?  OR, did you get exactly what you expected and enjoyed the ride anyway?  I like hearing about what you all thought because I respect everyone’s views- to each their own, so don’t be shy!  Leave me a comment below or find me on Facebook to join the discussion!

-JLA

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Film Review

  1. Haha, the romance between Superman and Lois Lane is completely unnecessary to the point it becomes laughable. At the end, when she’s wearing the engagement ring even though her man is six feet under, man how silly it all was!!

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  2. I was with it for the beginning with the bump off Man of Steel but Lex’s plan made no sense and the change over from I want to kill you to friends because of Martha is ridiculous. And then they kill him off…urgh. So annoying. Sure Ben Affleck was good but Batman was kind of a dope to fall for Lex’s plan.

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