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

This is the one we’ve been waiting for! Catch up on Part 1 herePart 2 here and Part 3 here!

“Tell me. Do you bleed?”

Not as bad as the critics will have you think but not as good as you would hope, the long term feelings toward Dawn of Justice will be divisive, like Iron Man 3 or DC’s own Man of Steel.

Ben Affleck is compelling as Bruce Wayne and the Dark Knight (as I knew he would be from the moment we heard of his casting). Gal Gadot is surprisingly adept.  Jeremy Iron’s brings his take to Alfred which is fresh but true to source. Laurence Fishburne is hugely entertaining in his small role as Daily Planet senior editor Perry White.

Jesse Eisenberg is fun to watch but ultimately too stereotypically cuckoo for a villain- Lex Luthor is usually a persuasive, highly intellectual character.

The story is not good. There are plot holes everywhere and some horrible character motivations and choices. Act 3 is particularly rushed and messy.

There are some clear and blatant influences from DC source material, some of which I reviewed in my run up to the film (see links above). This is respectable, but too many plots collided in the creation of this script.

The action is top-notch, a redeeming quality of the movie. Batman is viscous and violent, maybe too much so for his nature, but his fight scenes are thrilling. Zack Snyder is still masterful in making the viewer feel as if they are reading a comic- his visual style is retained in Dawn of Justice. However most of the set pieces are unmemorable abandoned buildings, in contrast to Man of Steel’s Krypton, ship interiors and Metropolis finale.

The score is very good, the collaboration between Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL was implausible to me. There are moments that are clearly created by each composer individually. My favourite moment would be Junkie XL’s Wonder Woman guitar riff, thrown into the midst of Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel throwbacks and gloomy new bat theme.

I anticipate the R-rated edition, hopefully with its additional scenes and re-editing it’ll deliver on the overall film quality.

To conclude as I opened, Dawn of Justice is not terrible but not wholly satisfactory- there’s still a lot to enjoy.

Overall Rating: 7.1/10

Catch up on Part 1 herePart 2 here and Part 3 here!

 

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

8 thoughts on “A Review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

  1. I think the “R” version will be like the unrated Watchmen cut where some plot holes are filled and scenes that didn’t make sense do so (or are at least better constructed). The editing in the current version is all over the place and doesn’t help when you pay attention to the flaws that knock the film about.

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      1. See, there’s the kicker. Deadpool isn’t “supposed” to be for the kiddies (but a lot have seen it), but I’d bet to DC/WB that Batman and Superman flicks are “supposed” to fill seats with PG-13 fare even though this newest flick is dark as hell and probably too violent for a family movie outing at the mall.

        A standalone Superman film with a “R” rating would be an instant put-off to some critics and fans, as would a standalone Batman flick (despite stuff like Fox’s successful Gotham showing clearly not for kiddies content such as eye gouging with a spoon, a rapidly decomposing body due to a failed experiment and a frozen decapitated head smashing into a car window!). But I’m going to gather that Affleck may go for that “R” if he’s set to write/direct a Batman in the future.

        This is why Suicide Squad is coming in with an “R” – DC/WB knows that book is read by older fans who expect that film to be what it looks as if it’s going to be (fun as hell with a twist). As it’s supposed to be a different universe, they can do stuff with Bats and other big heroes and get away with it (to some extent).

        That said, I think WB would have stayed the course even if Deadpool came out earlier than it did just to rake in more cash when the “R” version hits home video later this year (let’s say… um, August or September? Definitely in time for holiday shopping, I’d bet). I’ll be double dipping myself just to see what makes that Blu-Ray “R” worthy. 😀

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      2. I do totally agree.
        There’s just way too much marketing, toys, branding and general iconic imagery of having batman and superman in the same film for the first time. For WB to maximise profits it would be illogical to front the R cut in cinemas, even if it would have reviewed better.
        More of a what if scenario/ proposition 🙂
        Ben Affleck was, I think, the best Bruce Wayne/ Batman on screen. Argo and the town were good, I’m looking forward to his standalone movie!
        I’m sure the R cut will improve BvS as a whole film, but I’m not sure by how much
        I’m a massive fan of Ayer and Leto, SSquad is one of my most anticipated at the moment

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