The film is directed by Zack Snyder.
Batman and Superman in a movie together....What a dream! Okay, let's make it better! Batman fighting Superman in a movie...That would be a wet dream! Well, with the release of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, your first dream definitely came true. However, if you were dying to see them lugging out on the ground, hmmm...you are in a for a long, boring 'K'nightmare (pun intended)!
What's it about
After having nearly levelled Metropolis city in Man of Steel during his fight with General Zod, Superman (Henry Cavill) is looked as both saviour as well as a looming threat. Primary among those who perceive him as the latter is Bruce Wayne aka Batman (Ben Affleck). Bruce was one of the first-hand eye-witnesses who had seen the mayhem created by Superman and General Zod, and blamed the hero from another planet for all the loss of life and property. He is not alone in thinking so. There is Senator Finch (Holly Hunter) who wishes to put Superman's power under control. And of course, there is the psychotic billionaire, philanthropist and industrialist...no...not Tony Stark, but Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), who wants to bring God down to his knees for unknown reasons. Using very sneaky (and lame) means, he slyly adds more fuel to Batman's rage against Superman, while trying to create an ultimate tool to destroy(if you have seen the trailer, you know what that is!)....Then there is Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) who pops up now and then, and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) who gives damsel-in-distress the same old spin...yes...yes...you have seen all in the trailers...nothing more...nothing more!
Zack Snyder's flair for visual artistry is something that can be rarely matched by anyone else in Hollywood. His BVS is undoubtedly a visual spectacle, that needs to be seen on IMAX screens (if you just disregard everything else). Special mention must be given to Larry Fong for his impressive cinematography, and also to the great Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL for an amazing BG score. The special effects (except for the fight in the last scene) is top-notch, and the action choreography is first-rate! There are a few scenes that have been deftly handled. The ones that come to my mind are the starting scene, which was the climax of MoS, shown through the eyes of Bruce Wayne. Also the Senate hearing and the bombing afterwards will take you by surprise. Even Wonder Woman's entry scene in the climax is clap-worthy! The performances are all fine. Ben Affleck proves all his detractors wrong and gives a near perfect rendition of Batman. You could feel the anguish in his eyes every time he glowers, and yet he manages to rarely show his flirty demeanour as well. I also kinda enjoyed Jesse Eisenberg's sometimes psychotic sometimes irritating performance, especially compared to both the heroes who are hell bent on behaving as if they are on periods. Jeremy Irons is superb in his small role as the tougher Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce's trusted butler cum confidante. His camaraderie with Ben Affleck and his snarky responses make us wish for a Batman solo movie soon!
Zack Snyder, while being a visual wizard, is often accused of not focussing much on the plot. Unfortunately this accusation still stand true even for BVS. Sorry to sound harsh, the film's screenplay is one insufferable mess. It looks like the screenwriters had watched a couple of Bollywood films of the '90s like Karan Arjun and Mohra before writing down the conflict between the two superheroes. Many scenes drag like there is no tomorrow, there are too many dream sequences that have no point other than tax your patience. Henry Cavill's Superman looks like a supporting role in his own movie, apart from a few frowns and grimaces, the man pales in significance as the film tries to focus hard on Batman. Every motivation of every character is shady and questionable. I understand Batman's anger towards Superman, but if most of US has forgiven him, why hasn't this man's anger cooled? It's like the director has made this film to make amends for all the sins he had committed in Man of Steel, especially the climax. While we can somehow try to convince ourselves why Batman is angry with Supes, we can't for hell understand Lex's murderous anger towards him to the point that he is willing to destroy the world he inhabits to destroy him. Also there are many unanswered questions like, how come Lex knew of their real identities (or he had known it all along)? Why did Superman appear all of a sudden to stop Batman when the latter was giving bad guys a chase?
Most of the best scenes of the films were already spoilt by the overzealous trailers and TV spots. Sure there is one little twist in the end., but if you have keenly followed Superman comics, you know it was bound to happen. The movie also commits the same mistakes as Iron Man 2, by trying to setup a Justice League movie but failing to focus on making the current one strong. Wonder Woman, though very impressive, looks like an unnecessary addition, because of lack of meat in her role. Like Black Widow says in Age of Ultron, she is only there to clean up the boys' mess!
Above all, everyone has gone to the movie to watch Batman and Superman fight with each other. It happens, oh yes, but it happens so late that you will have forgotten to applaud and cheer for your heroes by then. And it all ends within 5 minutes due to a little revelation that two of their close relatives share the same name, and suddenly all is well in la la land! The climax is just a long-drawn CGI hotpotch!
What to do
Being a comic movie geek, it really pains me that a film I was so looking forward to, left me in such a high and dry state. Watch the movie only for those visually brilliant scenes, special effects, Batman and Wonder Woman. But if you want to watch that epic Batman and Superman battle, better look for it in those much better animated movies! Here, all you can find is disappointing rubble!
2.0 out of 5
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