Cert: 12A Runtime: 151 mins Director: Zack Snyder Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jessie Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Lawrence Fishburne, Gal Gadot and Jeremy Irons
Devils don’t come from hell beneath us. They come from the sky
Batman v Superman has been one of the most talked films for the last three years. From the shock casting of the Batfleck (check out my article from a few years ago!) to the casting of Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and even that all revealing second trailer! Recently the critics have dug their claws into the film branding it a mess, and many people have hopped on the mess wagon! BvS has made over $400 million in less than a week all ready and I’m sure it’ll continue to smash at the box office. Before we start all I will say is film critics shouldn’t be listened to all the time. We as a cinema going society should judge the film by ourselves, if you love it that’s fine! If you hate it that’s fine! But just understand to respect other peoples opinion. So what is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice about? The city of Metropolis has been devastated by a battle between Superman (Henry Cavill) and General Zod (Michael Shannon). Many feel that Superman, going by the human name of Clark Kent, needs to be held accountable for his actions including multi-millionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), whose alter ego Batman has been branded as a dangerous vigilante. These two powerful titans soon find themselves pitted against one another by the scheming Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). But before long, Batman and Superman must together confront the deadliest threat of all…
Batman v Superman is a great time at the cinema, it leaves you wanting to find out more! Don’t get me wrong it does have problems but we will delve into that in a bit. Let’s start with the cast, Ben Affleck you have created a remarkable take on the Bat! He is as good as Bale and Keaton in my opinion. He was such a gritty, wiser and efficient Batman. We have missed at least 20 years of story hear but the Batfleck felt like an old friend. He is by far the best character in BvS. Henry Cavill continues to make a good Clarke Kent but I am still slightly sceptical of his Superman. He seemed to be a bit more emotionally driven in this film. I did feel like he was a side character sometimes but steals the show towards the end. I’ve never been a big fan of Wonder Woman but Gal Gadot has got me excited now! Junkie XL’s Wonder Woman music is awesome and it makes you excited to see her. Her intro in the end was great, slightly predictable but great. Now the issue for many people Jessie Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor…he was a lot of fun for me. I liked his take on Luthor, very qwerky and obscure. I did wonder is he portrayed Luthor as a person with autism? The only issue with Eisenberg was that he lacked any conviction bar the fact he hated God! Jeremy Irons as Alfred was some great comic relief and an utter 360 turn on the character. Amy Adams does what Amy Adam does…acts! She really is a great female lead and so strong but not enough of her sometimes.
Zack Snyder is a film-maker either you love him or hate him! I am a big fan of some of his films like Watchmen & Dawn of the Dead. He is a very CGI heavy director but BvS isn’t as CGI heavy as Man of Steel. It seemed a bit more practical and it worked. The fight sequences are great I do like Batman’s fight style very similar to the Arkham games. The battle between Batman and Superman was jaw dropping, even the car chase sequence is executed nicely. Obviously we had to have buildings falling everywhere but we expect this now. The basic plot of the film is simple and effective. But the layers on top of it just muddle the speed of the film. Snyder & co tired to pile a lot into this film and tried to build the set up for Justice League. They need to forget this and just make the movie, it’ll flow better and conclude smoother. One of the main complaints was a lack of humour, it did have funny segments. But this is a DC film not Marvel, Snyder is intending on making a more serious franchise and I respect that. The 151 minute runtime flies by but it does have some pacing issues. Hanz Zimmer and Junkie XL made a bizarre combo for BvS, but I did like the collaboration. It had a classical tone with a hint of Fury Road madness!!! Overall I can see why people have disliked BvS but for me it’s a good start to a new franchise! FYI this was a much better film than Age of Ultron. Long live the Batfleck.