Friday, July 22, 2016

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

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Directed by Zack Snyder; Written by Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer; Starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot, Michael Shannon.

By Kenny Howell

Why would any developer put up any buildings in Zack Snyder's Metropolis or Gotham?

Surely no insurance company would cover them, or the rates would be sky high.

Snyder loves destroying buildings, and he loves superheroes and villains being thrown through them repeatedly. It's the only way to fight apparently.

His latest explosion party, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has plenty of that, mostly Batman and Superman, hence the title. This is a sort of a sequel to Man of Steel, sort of a Batman movie, and sort of prequels to Wonder Woman and the Justice League movie. That's one of the reasons the movie is over two and a half hours long, because Snyder wants to tell all those things, but can't really figure out how to tell them.

The good of it is Ben Affleck's Batman. He is the slightly older Batman, which is my favorite Batman from the comics. His gotten quite a bit bitter, his playboy act seems a tad more sleazy, and you can see the wear and tear all over his face. Affleck is good at that, probably more so on the Bruce Wayne side, but he is a solid Batman too.

Also good, Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot's hero is a sexy badass that we only get to see for a small portion of the movie. When she makes her appearance in costume late in the movie, it really makes the rest of it seem a bit of waste, like why am I not watching her movie.

The bad of the movie is pretty much everything else. The whole story of the film is Batman and Superman don't trust each other. Batman thinks Superman is an alien that can destroy the whole world if his mood changes, and Superman thinks Batman is a vigilante that preys on the poor. During all that, Lex Luthor is starting his evil ways, with Jesse Eisenberg playing in a totally different movie than everyone else. He is going at 125 while everyone else is at 60.

The movie is long, muddled, strange, laughable, with occasional flashes of what could be, especially the Justice League movie. Gadot and Affleck are good. Glimpses of the other Justice League members seemed cool. Too bad we couldn't get the promising thing that is to come.

Rating: *1/2

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