Sunday, 27 March 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film review

On Saturday I went to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at Leeds/Bradford Odeon with my family.

IMDB says: Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It's up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.

In this Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) directed and Chris Terrio (Argo, Heights) and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) written film, Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting, Gone Girl) stars as Batman and Henry Cavill (Immortals, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Superman.  Superman is seen as a potential danger and when he chooses to save his girlfriend Lois Lane (Amy Adams: American Hustle, Enchanted) whilst others around them die, the world begins to wonder if he might be a threat.

Lex Luthor (Jessie Eisenberg: The Social Network, Now You See Me) tries to import kryptonite to manufacture a 'deterrent' in case the worse happens, but Senator Finch (Holly Hunter: The Piano, The Incredibles) blocks his import licence, so instead he has to convince Bruce Wayne, AKA Batman, that Superman could end the world if he chose.

Still of Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

This leads him to investigate himself, where he finds that Clark Kent, AKA Superman, may not be the only meta-human.


Unfortunately there were lots of problems with this movie.  There was no discernible plot, it gave the impression that this was a movie they had to make before they did the Batman/Superman film they wanted to make, and needed to get certain thing shoehorned in this time in order for it to set up the next one.  The film was so disparate, it felt like they had thrown everything in it from the brainstorm prior to making it without worrying whether any of it tied up or worked, in fact, a master class in how not to write/direct a superhero movie.

To be fair to the main actors, they did appear to try their best with the material they were given, but there just wasn't enough to work with once the action, suspect dream sequences, fight scenes and car chases were executed.  Reminiscent of a sieve, there were so many holes that it was no wonder the critics were queuing to get in first with the hits.  For example, Lois recognises a 'terrorist' from when she was held hostage in the desert and has flashbacks of him killing the other 'terrorists' but she was underground when that happened, and if she remembers him, why would she go up to him to ask if she knows him when she sees him again?    Also, why would a man who can fly into space in minutes post an engagement ring to his Mum's house for his girlfriend, when there had been no mention of visiting his mother and she is only there to receive it because she is there for a funeral?

The best bit in it was Wonder Woman AKA Diana Prince, (Gal Gadot: Fast and Furious, Triple 9) bringing a sense of how it should have been if she had been given a better less one-dimensional character to work with.

A disappointment all round.                                                                          4/10

Will Smith and Ben Affleck at event of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Trivia: Ben Affleck gained an additional 20lbs of muscle and reached 8% body fat for his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Henry Cavill put on twice the amount of muscle mass for this film than he did for Man of Steel (2013). His trainer said that it was possible because Cavill had kept up a lot of his Superman fitness regiment in the break between the two films, so they were able to build on that foundation and achieve an even bigger body this time around.  The Batsuit Affleck wears is based on Batman's suit in the comic book "The Dark Knight Returns", written by Frank Miller.  Perry White says "It's not 1938 anymore" while talking to Clark Kent about people not reading newspapers anymore. Superman was created in 1938.

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