Film Review - Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

The Movie
It has taken me a while to get my thoughts together on this movie, especially with all the differing opinions that will accompany a hyped movie like this one. It is no secret that comic book fans have been waiting a long time to see Batman and Superman go at it on the big screen or at the very least be on screen at the same time. Outside of the animated movies and cartoons it hasn't been done until now. By now I am sure a lot of you have seen some of the critic reviews and have formed your own opinions about those reviews. After seeing the movie last night I am going to be honest with you, a lot of the critics were not wrong in their criticisms of this movie. I do think they went overboard on some of their scores but they weren't completely wrong. Let me start by doing what I normally do and state the positives. The actors, this movie is well cast especially Ben Affleck. He shines both as Bruce Wayne and as Batman. Thinking about it him and Jeremy Irons as Alfred have me looking forward to whatever it is they are planning for that standalone Batman movie (you know its coming). The movie, visually, is beautiful and except for a couple of spots in the movie holds up throughout. I also enjoyed Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, although it was a limited performance it does have me interested in that Wonder Woman movie that is supposed to drop next year. Say what you will about Zack Snyder but the guy knows how to film action and in that regard he does a good job. They also did a good job of setting the seeds for their cinematic universe, which I think some people don't realize that this is the first movie of their shared universe. Here is where the problems lie though, because this movie is disjointed as hell. It almost feels like they were trying to add to much to it and then surround that in cool moments. The dream sequences, while fun and interesting at first go on for to long and there are to many of them. The pacing is completely off, with long stretches of the movie where nothing really happens. This leads in to my issue with the writing of this movie. Superman or American Goku as I like to call him sometimes is one of my favorite heroes but for some reason in this movie and in Man of Steel the make him as dry and as wooden as possible. Henry Cavill is a good actor I have seen him in other movies so this leads me to believe that this is on the writers and the direction. Then there's Lex Luthor, some people may like Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal and at first I was with it but the more the movie went on it was almost as if the guy needed medication. He had this weird ticks that made no sense and just made him look like an unhinged psycopath ala Joker instead of the genius ego maniac he normally is, at least that's how it looked to me. Finally, the length this movie was 20 minutes to long. It really should have been trimmed down especially with the pacing being off. Oh and if you want to know when the fight happens, it takes place in the last 30 minutes of the movie.

For Parents
This movie is just like Man of Steel in a lot of ways. There is action, violence, and brief language. There is one part of the movie where a child started crying in the theater I was in last night. I don't think its that bad personally but it is rated PG-13 just so you know.

The Verdict
I was wrestling between rental and matinee on this one as I do believe it is a movie worth seeing in theaters and overall its not as bad as people were making it out to be. In the end I am going to give this a MATINEE.  I think it is a decent setup movie even with its flaws. Plus seeing Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman on screen in live action together was a real treat (Gal Gadot showed out in the fight against Doomsday). This movie does have a lot of problems but it is a setup movie and I think that when watched with the rest of their universe it will make sense as to why they did this one the way they did it.


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