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Batman V Superman Review

Film Review: Batman V Superman by Blade Brown

Plot:
Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat is created by Lex Luthor.



Review:
Almost three years after the initial announcement, Batman V Superman has finally been released. The film’s reception has been divided, with some loving the movie and some hating it. So where do i stand? Somewhere in the middle. I don’t love it, but i definitely don’t hate it.

After brief rehashing of the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents (played by The Walking Dead’s Jeffery Dean Morgan & Lauren Cohan), we see the destruction of Metropolis from the climax in Man Of Steel, but from Bruce Wayne’s point of view. The scene is exhilarating and does a good job of showing the bravery of Bruce Wayne, even without the cape and cowl. The scene also provides a plausible reason for Batman to see Superman as a threat, as a Wayne Financial building is decimated in the fight with Zod, killing a lot of his friends and employees. Meanwhile, the world is split on the arrival of Superman. Some viewing him as a savior, others viewing him as a threat. Which leads to the ultimate question: Should there be a Superman?

At the center of the story, is Lex Luthor. The young head of LexCorp who is trying to find a way to weaponize Kryptonite. A rock from Superman’s home planet that was left in the Indian ocean after Zod’s machine was destroyed in Man Of Steel. The Kryptonite kills the advanced cells that makes Superman super on our planet, essentially making him mortal. Luthor wants to have a way to stop the Kryptonian, in case the day comes that the man of steel should turn on humanity. But under the surface, he has more sinister plans.

Luthor, who’s played by Jesse Eisenberg, is unfortunately one of the film’s biggest flaws as he’s severely miscast. It’s not that he’s a bad actor, because he’s far from that. He’s just in the wrong role. This is reminiscent of Mila Kunis in “Oz The Great & Powerful”, who was undeniably miscast as The Wicked Witch of The West. His performance isn’t bad, it’s just not Lex Luthor. Eisenberg goes all in with his performance, but it’s a little too over the top. The other big problem is pacing. The movie drags during the first and middle acts, but it seems to fly by during the final battle. Then somewhat drags again at the end. Also, the editing on this film is awful. There are a lot of subplots that could’ve been cut. The story definitely tries to cram as much in the film as possible, which results in it feeling overstuffed.

But there is a lot to like in this movie. Ben Affleck is a superb Batman. He looks the part and is easily the most brutal caped crusader to be brought to the big screen. Jeremy Irons comes off as a more militant Alfred Pennyworth, who’s very hands on in the dark knight’s fight against crime. Also, Wonder Woman gets her first film appearance & she does not disappoint. It’s a shame the marketing ruined the surprise of her appearing in the movie, because had you not known she was coming, it’d have made her entrance even more grand. Oh, and seeing that the film is called Batman V Superman, it’s fitting that i discuss the fight between them. The fight, while shorter than i would like, is visually amazing. It is a comic book fan’s dream come true to actually see these two brawling on the silver screen. While the build up seems to take forever, the payoff is definitely worth the wait.

THE BOTTOM LINE

While this is definitely a flawed film, this is still a very entertaining one. The seeds have been planted and the future for DC Comics cinematic universe looks extremely bright. With glimpses of other members of the Justice League, and hints at future film installments spread throughout, Batman V Superman does a good job setting the tone for what could be great things to come.

Rating: 7.5/10
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brandonw • April 1, 2016


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