Review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
I remember when I first about the new Batman V Superman almost 2 years ago and i was shocked to learn that Ben Affleck was going to be cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne. I believed that it would have been the biggest casting mistake in the history of cinema. So it was with a little apprehension that I saw the latest DC blockbuster. But before doing so, I decided to empty my mind and open my heart, especially since the first round of critics have been somewhat harsh towards the movies. So earlier today, I walked in the theater fearing the worst.
Two years after the events of “Man of Steel”, Metropolis is in ruins. And many people are asking themselves is having a Superhero is really what they are cracked up to me. Some believe that Superman is a hero, others, Like Bruce Wayne, believe he’s a menace to world peace. I don’t want to say too much since the movie is still out in theaters. That is the gist of the movie. There’s also Lex Luthor trying to destroy Superman in his own way.
What I liked About the Movie
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne. I admit, I was one of the most skeptical person about this casting. After the performances of Christian Bale as The Dark Knight, I figured it would have been impossible for Ben to fill the shoes of Christian Bale. However, I was pleasantly surprised. He’s an angrier and edgier Bruce Wayne. Willing to do almost anything to get the bad guy. A less conflicted Bruce about his qualms about hurting criminals. Ben visibility got jacked for this movie. And I don’t mean in shape, I mean jacked. He did some serious heavy lifting for this role and it was noticeable. There’s even a short scene where Bruce is training and I’m sure that it consisted of the same training that Ben did for this role. Pull-ups and lots of heavy dead lifts. So I can honesty say that Ben was convincing and a great Bruce Wayne. Although during the fighting scene, he seemed a little too slow. There was missing the quickest and sharpest of punches and kicks and the scenes looked a little too choreographed. I’m sure it was due to Ben’s heavy build.
There are lots of well known talented actors in this movie. Diane Lane (Under the Tuscan Sun), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) and Holly Hunter (The Piano). In addition, many cameo appearances from Kevin Costner (Bull Durham), Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), Charlie Rose, Nancy Grace and Anderson Cooper. They cast alone must have cost the producers a small fortune.
My favorite was Jeremy Irons (The Lion King & Margin Call) as Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s butler, friend and confident. He’s a great actor who doesn’t get the credit he deserves. If you don’t know Jeremy Irons, do yourself a favor and watch The Borgias (a TV series). Jeremy excels in it.
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Much better than Kevin Spacey.
The soundtrack. Another masterpiece of Hans Zimmer.
What I didn’t Like about he movie
Henry Cavill. He’s a good actor (Loved him in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) He tried his best but he’s just not a good Superman. He simply can’t sell it. It’s really not his fault, he has impossible shoes to fill. And yes, those of Christopher Reeves are practically impossible to fill. He was and still is the best Superman ever. He had the innocence and naivety of Clark Kent and he added just a hint of arrogance while playing Superman. He played the role to perfection. I can’t say the same of Cavill. Or the other guy that played in Superman Returns.
Like previously mentioned, the fighting scenes looked a little too slow and choreographed for my taste. Especially the desert scene. The moves looked too predictable and slow. Like a two bad dancers who don’t know each other every well.
Having said that, like in Deadpool, there wasn’t enough action or fighting scenes. For a movie with a 250 million dollar budget, we need less talk and more action
Amy Adams, Horrible actress. Enough said.
I have to admit, i enjoyed this movie. Of course it would have been better if there was more action and less Amy Adams (seriously, she’s horrible) Don’t listen to the harsh critics saying that it’s the worse movie of all time. It isn’t’. It obvious not great but worth the criticism its currently receiving.I’m seen much worse! (remember The Green Lantern??) It’s still a great way to spend 2.5 hours watching a mindless entertainment.
I’m giving it a 3.5/5 Cups of Joe.