Warning: Part 1 of this review contains NO spoilers. Parts 2 and 3 however, do contain major ones.
I would like to start off by saying that DO NOT get discouraged by Critics' review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Trust me, go and see it. It's fantastic.
From the moment it started, the movie never fails to let go of it's grip on you, and keeps you hooked. As the opening title music cued in, it sent a chill along my spine, shivering in anticipation of what the movie held in store... but in all fairness, it might have been the air conditioning in the hall. I'll start off with the things I liked about this movie.
Every major casting choice in this movie has been received by an enormous outrage all over the internet, from Ben Affleck to Gal Gadot to Jesse Eisenberg. And it's so great to see how the cast put it all to rest. Ben Affleck is already the definitive Batman (in my opinion). He nailed Bruce Wayne too - the billionaire playboy personality, who appears careless and annoying in front of others, and yet is always vigilant in secret.
Gal Gadot did an excellent job as Wonder Woman, and Jesse Eisenberg brought a twist to Lex's character, one which I found quite unique and interesting. Henry Cavill, as always, did an outstanding job, and despite limited dialogue, portrayed the character extremely well.
I mean, it's a Zack Snyder movie. So kind of obvious that the visuals and action would be fantastic. Because if there's one thing everyone can agree on about him is that Zack Snyder knows how to do really good action scenes.
Everything Batman was awesome. His gadgets, and the way he moved... my god. It was absolutely breathtaking. Ben Affleck totally nailed the role, as if his Batman were ripped out straight from the comics.
The Batman v Superman fight is absolutely stunning, while the Doomsday fight towards the end looks absolutely brutal. Thank you Zack Snyder!
While some may say that the plot is incoherent, ridiculous, or just downright awful, I think it was a genius idea, and was extremely well done. Though the narrative was confusing for a lot of people, in my opinion, it was exactly like a comic book brought to life, by introducing characters with their own sub-plots, and tying them together towards the end.
Note: This part of the review contains spoilers
Though the movie was excellent throughout it's 151 minute runtime, there are a few scenes which stood out to me the most.
The movie begins with Bruce Wayne's origin story. Though it's not like something we've seen plenty of times before. With his slow-motion shots, a beautiful soundtrack, and the intertwining with Bruce's metaphoric "Rise", this origin scene stands out to me the most out of all the Batman adaptations we have seen.
Battle of Metropolis (Bruce Wayne's POV)
The movie then fast-forwards to the Battle of Metropolis (Black Zero), where Bruce witnesses the fight between Superman and General Zod, which laid waste to a large part of the city. This serves as excellent character development for Bruce, as it presents his motivation to fight Superman within the span of a few minutes.
Everything about this scene was just so freaking good. The haunting soundtrack hinting at a looming danger and bleak future, a post-apocalyptic setting, and the purpose it serves. When Superman "kills" Bruce in the Knightmare by punching him through the chest (similar to what he did to Joker in Injustice), he "wakes up" to another vision/message from... The Flash! One of the best parts of the film, it showed us enough of The Flash, and yet, didn't give anything away, as he vanishes after delivering a cryptic message to Bruce.
You were right about him [Superman]. You were always right about him. She [Lois Lane] is the key.
Or something along those lines. Ezra Miller's Flash suit also looked quite similar to the Injustice suit, which leads me to believe that DC/Warner Bros may pursue that story in the future.
AAAAHHHH!!! Any scene with Wonder Woman in it was instantly made 10x better! Gal Gadot rocked the role both as Diana Prince as well as the Wonder Woman! Her leap into battle against Doomsday was terrifying, and when she was knocked down by the monster, she smiled. Brutally. It could give ol' Bats a run for his money (don't worry, he has plenty of that).
The final battle against Doomsday was really well done. I was a little skeptical about how they would handle the Trinity fighting alongside each other, but Snyder did a fantastic job of it! Doomsday's constant evolution throughout the battle looked amazing, and towards the end we really got to see the famous version of the character, the one with all the spikes.
The good thing about Doomsday is that he can be brought back any time without a lot of explanation, since he can evolve against any of his weaknesses.
Constant Darkseid References
The movie hinted big-time at one of the biggest badasses in comics - Darkseid. He was hinted twice in the Knightmare scene: once with his Omega symbol, the second with the flying parademons. He was also hinted in Cyborg's cameo, which appeared to contain some tech which suspiciously looked like a motherbox, often used to open Boom tubes through which Darksei'd armies could invade.
He was also hinted at the end of the movie, during Lex's monologue, where he talks about a "threat in the skies" and the "devils coming from the sky". Considering that Lex Luthor was exposed to 1,000 years of Kryptonian knowledge, it is certainly possible he was subtly nodding towards Darkseid.
Now, it's time for the things that didn't work.
She was just... there. That's it. She didn't really add much to the film in my opinion, and that screentime could have been better used elsewhere. Her presence in the final fight scene wasn't necessary, it only distracted Superman from the battle. The Kryptonite spear would have been better in the hands of either Batman or Wonder Woman. The whole terrorists in Africa subplot involving her was also unnecessary.
Batman v Superman fight
I know, I praised this fight earlier on in my review. And rightfully so, because it was really good. What I didn't like was the length of the fight. It seemed too short, wrapping up under 5 minutes. This fight should have had more time, because ultimately, that's what people wanted to see the most.
There will probably be some other things I have forgotten about right now (both positive and negative); there's a lot to process in this movie. But, despite my criticisms about the movie, I LOVED it. It's tied for the spot of my favourite comic book movie along with The Dark Knight, hence the 9.5 rating. Overall, it was a great start to the DCEU, and I cannot wait to see more from DC!
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