Verdict: Scratched surface
Great visuals and acting, but too many split stories.
As the worlds of Superman and Batman collide, it is inevitable that they must battle one another (the world cannot sustain both egos after all). Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) witnesses the onslaught of death associated with the arrival of Superman/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) and thereafter holds a grudge against him. Similarly, Clark learns of Batman’s interrogation methods and finds them questionable. Lois Lane (Amy Adams) continues chasing down stories related to Superman but finds it harder to paint him in a glorified light when circumstances are against him. Additionally, Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is on the scene making big claims and striving to create high powered weapons. During a social event organized by Luthor, Bruce meets Diance Prince (Gal Gadot) who provides him with plenty of mystery. Directed by Zack Snyder.
While everyone was pretty much concerned about Affleck’s performance as Batman, no-one really thought to wonder about how the story would turn out (well at least I didn’t). All the marketing hype around the film got me super excited for it. However, I did not have that same sense of excitement while watching the film, which was a little disappointing. This is primarily because the movie incorporates so many big characters which resulted in numerous and repetitive jump cuts across the individual narratives. This resulted in multiple anti-climaxes as the scene would change just as it was starting to get interesting. Then when the narratives came together, it wasn’t for very long.
I am pleasantly surprised by Affleck’s portrayal of Batman. He did a pretty good job and embodied the persona of Bruce Wayne well. Cavill reprises his role as Superman and does a consistent job since Man of Steel. Adams as well retains her character’s persona well and her chemistry with Cavill is believable. Eisenberg shows off his acting talent ass Luthor, and his characteristic speech production fits the character well. Jeremy Irons who plays Alfred brings some comedic relief to the movie, but should have had more screen time. As well, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman deserved more action, plus there were some scenes about her past that seemed very cheesy.
The visual effects and action scenes were nicely done. The atmosphere of the film throughout had a consistent intense and serious tone to it which was complemented by its dark setting. Adding on to that, both Affleck and Cavill frequently had frowns on their faces which seemed too intense to me. I get that they have a lot of emotional baggage, but it went overboard. Also, too much masculine pride and ego going around. Use your words not fists, bro. Though the final battle at the end had great visual effects and was quite impressive.
Overall, though I did feel like the film could have been polished better by creating a narrative that flowed, I am still somewhat impressed by it. Can’t wait to see the Justice League films! But in general, I feel like DC should stick with TV shows, as Marvel is better at making movies.
PROS: Visual effects, acting, action
CONS: Too many cuts, narrative
I give this a 7/10.
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