Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

   Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 12.43.26 PMYears in the making, decades waiting and we are finally presented with the messy blob that  Batman v Superman is on the big screen. I must start this review by stating Batman v Superman isn’t good, but it isn’t bad either, it simply happens to live in a weird intermediary line where nothing shocking happens. To end this review on a high note I shall begin by stating the problems this film has. This film has too many moving parts to it and with Zack Snyder leading the project everything feels forcefully interwoven instead of cohesively put together. This film can be separated into so many isolated sectors that could’ve had just development if made into their own proper films, or at least put together with another matching puzzle piece to make a film. So instead of getting a proper developed version of Batman gathering the Justice League together we get half of the story crammed in between all these other moving cogs. The same happens with the what could have been its own Man of Steel sequel and the development of Lex Luthor. Which leads me to Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, it didn’t work, I don’t know what he was doing but it didn’t click with me and it reminded me a lot of Nicolas Cage on the cusp of madness, which definitely isn’t a good thing. But, it’s not just his poor portrayal that’s a problem, there’s not really any justification behind the acts Luthor takes, thus instead of looking like a manipulative villain, Luthor looks like a curious boy playing with toys that he shouldn’t be touching. Luthor’s just an overall weak villain with zero motivation for any of his actions. Such as the creation of Doomsday that was totally spoiled by the trailers, it was reasonless, Doomsday looked like a troll from Lord of the Rings, and he was another piece that was simply chucked in there when it could’ve used a lot more of development. Just like the Justice League which was simply chucked in there in the cheesiest montage they could’ve put together with the music ramped up to the max as they cameoed every piece of DC lineup into the film which was pretty ridiculous. Since I mentioned the score, like the editing, the score for this film was incredibly strange not in the sense that it was like Meek’s Cutoff’s score, but rather it was very loud and confident when it should’ve been much more subdued. Back to the editing, the editing was horrible, it just cut from one place to another randomly with no type of indicating transition, it felt incredibly off and made it feel like there were missing gaps out of an over two hour film. And as the final blow to take the film down from a negative stand, Batman’s moral code is never explained and the dude is killing people left and right. Yet, from a positive side of things, Ben Affleck as Batman is great, the man embodies the part perfectly and ends up being the best thing out of this film, proving everyone wrong. The same goes for Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman who’s legitimately really good even though her appearance is brief. As always, Zack Snyder delivers visually, doing some really cool nods to the comics and even reminding me of Lubezki’s work in To the Wonder with some of the scenes involving Bruce Wayne at the cemetery. The action is quite great yet overblown, yet that seems to be all this film has even though it could’ve been so much more if it wasn’t being smothered by the multiple unnecessary story-lines suppressing the un-tapped greatness behind this film.  Batman v Superman has its moments yet is finds itself lost among its chaotic nature,struggling with its several flaws and over-abundant story-lines, receiving a 50 out of 100 from my part.

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