“Tell me. Do you bleed?”
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