OK let’s get stuck straight into this. The reviews for BvS are, to put it kindly, mixed. If you browse through Twitter you’ll find no end of armchair pundits proclaiming this to be “the worst film ever made” and a few saying “Batman was mean to people in it, I don’t like him anymore”. So I knew you’d come straight to Screenkicker to discover the truth! The big questions on everyone’s lips are – What’s the movie like? Should I go see it? Are you single? I’ll answer all of these and more in this Screenkicker v Batman v Superman: Review of Justice!
First of all, the film isn’t a disaster. It isn’t even bad. In fact it’s pretty good, inconsistently good but good nevertheless. If you’re expecting it to be like Christopher Nolan’s already classic, gritty depiction of Batman then you might be disappointed. If you keep an open mind then there’s a lot to really like. Crucially the performances are uniformly excellent. Henry Cavill feels like he’s truly Superman now, Gal Gadot seems to be having the time of her life as Wonder Woman (call me!!!), and most surprising of all – Ben Affleck is fantastic as The Dark Knight. I was one of the doubters who thought he wasn’t up to it but he seems to inhabit the character, giving Bruce Wayne a world-weary, pessimistic, almost broken persona. You’ve converted me Batfleck.
The main problem with BvS becomes apparent quite early on. The structure and pacing of the first half of it’s almost three hour running time isn’t great, rendering some scenes of exposition a bit tedious. The decision to introduce a new Batman in the film means director Zack Snyder has to fit in an entire origin story for him; and this is supposed to be a Superman sequel! We see his encounter with the bats, his parents’ murder, and him taking down criminals. This pushes the Superman narrative into the background and stretches the length of the film out considerably.
BvS is the film equivalent of the old Buckaroo plastic board game you had as a kid. Snyder keeps putting on more and more seemingly random parts – a plastic pickaxe here, a big bucket there. The further he pushes it the closer the whole thing comes to flipping out and collapsing. The movie skates a thin line between glorious sensory overload and incoherent mess but for me it falls just on the positive side and gets my recommendation.
Ignore the reviews (yes, even this one), go see the movie and make your own mind up. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a fun change from the Marvel formula, it’s silly, bombastic, uneven, and sometimes infuriating but unlike any other superhero film you’ll see this year.
Have you seen Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice? Did you like it? I feel like I’m in a small group of critics by enjoying it. Are they assholes or is it me who’s the asshole? Let me know in the comments below!
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