Saturday, April 2, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Grade:  D+                         

Rated:  PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Zack Snyder
Written By: David S. Goyer, Chris Terrio

Cast:  Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

What's it about?

Superman (Henry Cavill) considers Batman (Ben Affleck) to be nothing more than a violent vigilante and Batman considers Superman's almost unlimited powers to be a threat to humanity. Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) takes advantage of their mutual antipathy and with a little kryptonite tries to get them to destroy each other.

Wow, what a big disappointment!  The recent big-budget super hero films are getting worse and worse, and this one may be the worst of them all.  It's quite confusing, as I don't understand the behavior and motivations of the characters.  It's very bizarre and frustrating to watch.  It's very much an anti superman movie, which to me is very disturbing.  Superman should be a hero!  There is nothing heroic at all going on here, as it's a negative story all around.  One of the biggest problems is there is no sense of realism or humanity going on -- it's firmed like a comic book, which I dislike.  It's a solid cast, but their story-lines are just ridiculous.   Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is just way over the top silly, I suspect to be some comic relief, but it just had my eyes rolling.  Superman hardly speaks.  Lois lane is so useless, they invent absurd plot points trying to make her relevant.  Batman is totally confusing, not just to viewers, but to the character himself, who seems lost.  Alfred looks and actually talks like an over-the-hill Tony Stark (aka Ironman). Then we have Wonder Woman, who has motivations that make no sense, but hey, she is totally hot!  When she made her first appearance in her costume, the audience erupted.  All of this might be okay if they made it all fun, but its a joyless film for the most part.  Now, its not all a total failure.  It does have some cool visuals, and a couple decent action scenes, and a decent sound affects, and throw in a hot Wonder Woman, and we go from an F grade to a D level.  Even though story tries to rectify itself in the end, it's way too late.  I think it's a bad influence for kids.   This movie needs to be avoided and forgotten if they are to continue on successfully with the super-friends franchise.

What I liked about this movie:
  • The visuals and sound effects
  • Wonder Woman!
  • One awesome fight scene involving Batman
What I disliked about this movie:
  • It's shot like a comic book
  • The story-line is absurd
  • The characters are acting ridiculous
  • It's joyless and anti heroic
  • It's a bad influence for children
Who should see this movie?

I personally hope no one see this film, but its probably best suited for young adult males.  It's certainly not for young kids as its quite dark and gruesome.

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