Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Review

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With the dust just about settled from the most anticipated film of all time, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ there was a certain void left that could only be filled by two of the most famous and most loved superheroes of all time (and no I’m not talking about Colossus and Deadpool). DC’s answer to the massive Marvel machine was to pit Batman and Superman against each other, who would win? It was anyone’s guess, but everyone was hoping for a win for the audience regarding blockbuster entertainment.

There is certainly a lot going on in this movie, and so much of this genre comes down to personal opinion – this includes designs of suits, portrayals of characters and accuracy to the comic books. Each viewer will want, expect and enjoy different things and I suspect it will be in the smaller details where the disagreements will arise – because as a whole, I find it hard to accept ‘Batman v Superman’ as anything other than epic superhero goodness!

Introductions

The film starts wonderfully with Bruce Wayne present in the streets of Metropolis as Superman fights General Zod. It was a perfect opening and allowed the main characters to cross paths without actually interacting with each other. Our first real look at Superman is accompanied by the Hans Zimmer’s beautiful score. And after loving it so much in Man of Steele hearing it again along with the new visuals gave me goosebumps.

One thing I would say, – while none of the character introductions were rushed I would have liked a little more build up to this story rather than just ‘Man of Steel.’

Is Ben any good?

Henry Cavil was born to play Superman, and he’s equally as super here as he was in ‘Man of Steel’. However, the big question is – was ‘Batfleck’ any good?

Personally, I thought Ben Affleck made a great Bruce Wayne, but I wasn’t so convinced by his Batman.

This comes down more to the styling of the vigilante as I wasn’t a fan of either of his suits. However, his very slick and stylish Batmobile certainly makes up for this.

Other cast members such as Jeremy Irons, Scoot McNairy & Amy Adams all perform well, but the other main performer is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. I was the first to voice my concern about his casting, but I’m struggling to think of an actor who could have been as good. Eisenberg nails the crazy element that is required for Luthor and his awkward kind of crazy is both appropriate and engaging.

Some kind of Wonder-ful

Despite her quite small role as Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, steals the show.

She is stunning and plays the character beautifully with a believable strength and sincerity. The music accompanying her scenes is powerful and exciting, and the excitement building towards her solo outing is sure to be huge.

Should you go watch it?

I’ll admit that when the story focused on one particular character, either Batman or Superman, for those few minutes, I’d feel like I was watching a standalone movie and I liked that. Then the other hero would pop up again, and it would, for me, knock the pace off slightly. When the characters are interacting it worked well – but the film maybe lacks an overall sense of togetherness until the final moments.

What a finale though? The closing moments to ‘Batman v Superman’ are some of the most epic moments I’ve seen in a superhero movie to date, and they’ll take some topping.

So while there are certainly issues with the film many of these will come from personal preference rather than actual flaws. Some may find the film too long, with too much going on and not enough build up (I found fault with some of these issues, but I was genuinely able to excuse them thanks to some fantastic performances, great use of music, exciting action scenes, scale, and humour). And others (like me) will love it.

So all in all, I’d fully recommend getting ringside tickets for ‘The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world.’

Now pick your side and don’t get in between the fist fight!

We give Batman V Superman 4.5 out of 5 Nerds

nerd like you nerds 4.5

Hamish calvert

Hamish Calvert

Self confessed movie nerd and author of blog, hcmoviereviews. Love to watch and talk about movies, terrible at writing bios but hopefully a bit better at giving my opinion on movies. Any opportunity to dress up as a movie character and I’m there, if not there you can probably find me watching a sci-fi shark movie or attempting to match the stunts in all Fast and Furious films (with varying success) . However currently modelling my life on James Bond/Tony Stark – all donations welcome to fund this lifestyle.

One thought on “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Review

  • March 27, 2016 at 3:56 am
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    “So while there are certainly issues with the film many of these will come from personal preference rather than actual flaws.” Sums up overall reactions to the film. As someone who is familiar with the comic book version of Batman, Superman, and the Justice League, I enjoyed the film. Cant say the same for many other viewers.

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