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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) | Movie Review

God versus man. Day versus night! Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham! Does their battle live up to all the hype? Here’s my review of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. It stars Ben Affleck as Batman, and Henry Cavill as Superman.

It’s not an easy task to bring 2 of the biggest, most popular superheroes in one film, and it shows here. The story isn’t compelling, and there’s too much going on. One problem of the film is the lack of build-up, and as a result, it’s climax wasn’t very exciting. It all feels very lazy, throwing us one explosion after the other instead of real progression in the story. (There are A LOT of explosions, BTW)

These just happen throughout the film, and when they do, it’s got little impact. It also would’ve been better if they kept the runtime tighter, maybe 10 or 20 minutes shorter. There were some scenes that felt stretched which made the film feel even longer. The CGI is lousy, although it didn’t look that bad on an IMAX screen. The film also uses a lot of slow motion, but it doesn’t add anything to the movie. The titular battle between Batman and Superman was kind of exciting and enjoyable to watch, but the impact was pretty weak.

Most of the characters lack development, except for Batman. I kinda liked Ben Affleck as Batman, he nailed the dark, brooding nature of his character. I don’t really know what to feel with Henry Cavill’s Superman, his acting just feels stale. Jesse Eisenberg’s take on Lex Luthor had just the right amount of psycho, though I still saw some Mark Zuckerberg in his performance. The movie also serves as a set up for rest of the Justice League. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) has a small role but she isn’t given much to do. There also are cameo appearances from The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg.

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice isn’t as bad as others have said, but it’s not really that good, either. I enjoyed some of the action, and I didn’t expect that I’d like Ben Affleck portrayal of Batman, but as I’ve said, it could’ve been a little shorter and the story could’ve used some refinement. See it in an IMAX theater if you will, it makes a world of difference.

My Rating: 7/10


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