I liked Dawn of Justice let me start off by saying that. The movie looked amazing and Zack Snyder knows how to create so great action sequence. There are moments that looked like they literally popped right out of the comic. Say what you will the man can do a fight sequence, the final battle truly felt epic. The best moments in the movie are seeing our two heroes be heroes. There is a thrill to seeing Batman take out thugs and moving like we always imagined he would. Every time Superman is on-screen it really feels like he can do anything. He pulls and lifts and hurls things no ordinary man should, but it never feels like too much Some of that can be attributed to Hans Zimmer the movies composer. He did a great job with the music the themes are heroic and epic and when the mood changes in a scene the music changes just enough never overpowering the rest of the scene.
When a certain Amazonian Princess shows up the theme that comes along with her made you fell excited and ready to see her throw down. Speaking of Wonder Woman she was one of the best parts of the movie. Perfect debut for a character that should have had a movie a long time ago. Such a good job was done with her that I am officially hyped for the Wonder Woman movie. Gal Gadot wasn’t the only one that did a good job.
Almost every character feels like they should. From Laurence Fishburnes Perry White to Jeremy Irons Alfred Pennyworth they made the characters feel new while staying true to the comic roots. Then there’s Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman he brought his A game here you can tell that this is a Batman that has been beat down by the world but is still trying. Affleck did a good job of showing Bruce Wayne’s compassionate side as well as Batman’s violent and fierce nature. There was a true duality to him that I look forward to seeing explored in future films.
While I enjoyed parts of the movie there were a few things that kept me from loving it. One there was to much fan service. Which is funny to say giving that these characters have huge fan basis. When I refer to fan service I’m talking more about the general audience that saw Man of Steel the first half of the movie felt like they were trying to explain why certain things happened and why Superman did what he did. It looked like they were trying to paint Superman in a good light but it wound up hurting him more and making it look like he was doing more harm than good. With all this being done Henry Cavill as Superman almost gets lost in the movie like they didn’t know exactly what to do with him at times. He’s very reactionary to everything and it leaves him feeling very unsure of himself. While I commend Cavill for bringing a good amount of emotion to Superman the last thing he should ever look is weak.
Speaking of which this brings me to my issue with Superman and Batman’s fight. One Concern is the fact that with a running time of 160 minutes the fight between Superman and Batman was to short. I’m not a huge fan of the heroes must fight trope but when the movie is called Batman vs Superman I expect there to be a good fight that shows both heroes weaknesses and strengths. This one was too one-sided and had me wondering what all the buildup was for if it was going to be that uneven. Luckily the fight at the end was much longer and showcased what I love about the characters a lot better.
Then there’s Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor I wasn’t sure what he was going for here, but it just didn’t work for me I never looked at him as a true threat to either lead and when it was all said and done I just found myself scratching my head wondering why would he do that.
At the end of the day the movie was good, but it should have been great. There was just too much going on at points that left the movie feeling disjointed and I hate to say boring. I found myself clamoring to see more of Batman and Superman but instead got to much of their alter egos and side characters. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing because we got a great look at their personalities, but in a movie with Batman and Superman in the title I expected to see them a lot more.
The movie should have focused more on the differences between the two heroes, but instead focused on one element that made both seem very shortsighted. I will give credit where it is due though, I am officially excited to see where the DC cinematic Universe is headed. I just wish Snyder and company had been able to reign in a lot of his ideas to give a more concise and focused vision of why Superman and Batman are Superman and Batman.
There is definitely enough here to keep you entertained, just not enough to give it the once and a lifetime feel that it deserves. If you’re a Batman and Superman fan definitely see it in the theater, but for everyone, no rush wait til the hype dies down before feeling the need to see this GOOD movie.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theaters now.