Batman v Superman v Snyder: Dawn Unjustly Done

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My review for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. . .

Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Submitted: April 07, 2016

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Submitted: April 07, 2016




Batman v Superman v Snyder: Dawn Unjustly Done


Warning: This review contains mild spoilers.

In the wake of super beings going to battle lives have been lost, a city has been destroyed, there has been great suffering and bloodshed. Public opinions are divided, there's a cry for answers, some cast doubts while others believe. There's been a call for justice, a chance for redemption and for a hero to prove his worth. This all taking place in the midst of a madman's scheme to put two houses at war. Can a god inspire mankind to be better? Can a man beat a god? Can human beings put aside their differences, fear and truly forgive and accept a god-like figure who has made mistakes? It all sounds intriguing and these are deep themes that would be great to explore and get answers to. But not in this movie. Zack Snyder simply glosses over them. What should have played out like a hard hitting contemporary take on a Shakespeare tale came off as nothing more than a flashy extended trailer of a better film buried somewhere beneath itself than the actual film promised. There's a lot of wasted potential here and it's a shame that after three years of waiting this is what we were presented with. I know this is a late review but I wanted to wait until the hype surrounding this movie died down. I wanted to give my honest opinion despite all of the bad reviews and not from just a fanboy perspective. Did I enjoy the movie? Yes and no. It's entertaining if you don't demand much. But I'm a person that does. I actually have a love/hate relationship with it. It hurts me to say this because believe me I had faith in Snyder and he failed miserably. I enjoyed 300, Watchmen and even Dawn of the Dead. But it has become clear to me that all of those works were based on something that existed in some form of comic or other media. I have come to realize that Zack Snyder is a charlatan, forger, a professional tracer that can only deliver as long as there is a blueprint for the material. There are so many chances to explore the spirituality, philosophy and conflicting ideology of these characters. But with Snyder at the helm it all comes across as nothing but a thin layer of candy-coated topping. We deserved better. I wouldn't call him a hack but rather a bad magician with a talent for putting flashy imagery on screen.

Snyder puts his foot to the gas and pushes this monster full throttle. So fast that it's easy to get caught up in the production, but it's just a distraction to cover up bad writing, bad editing, choppy scenes, loopy logic and the lack of the character's motivations. This dominates and dooms what could have been an epic event in film history. It's beautiful to look at but fragmented and hollow inside. It's ripe with spectacle but bizarre and void of any real emotion and filled with several plot holes. The sad truth is what you're left with is a bunch of random story lines laced with cool ideas that are never fully realized, fleshed out or linked together correctly. While it's glorious to look at and sounded like a cool idea in theory the end product is messy story wise and sloppy in execution. There are so many tweaks that would have made this a better film. The main problem is that Synder doesn't know what to do with Superman (Henry Cavill) who is wooden, uncharismatic and boring. To Snyder this Superman is merely a prop. Snyder, like in the film, is too caught up with what Superman can do rather than showing us who Superman really is, believes in or especially what he stands for. I don't think Snyder knows how to, or even worse truly wants to.

There are moments when the characters face off and either say nothing or not enough. No one challenges anyone with any kind of engaging conversation and in doing so their motivations are left severely unclear. The moment when Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) meet for the first time all we get are simple playground threats from each of them as seen in the trailer. The supporting characters fare better in their respective roles although they aren't given much too work with. There's Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) Lois Lane (Amy Adams) Alfred (Jeremy Irons) and a misunderstood, slightly unhinged Lex Luthor (Jessie Eisenberg) who will not be to everyone's liking. I personally thought that he did well. And of course there is (Gal Gadot) as Wonder Woman. In a small, mysterious but effective role. For the record Ben Affleck's take on a darker, brooding and brutal Batman is the best thing the film has to offer. He kills it as Batman. As for the fight and the final showdown they are just okay. Those who know me personally know that I'm the go-to guy for anything movie related and that I waited tirelessly for three long years for this film to be released. So it's no surprise that my phone was ringing off the hook from people wanting to know my thoughts. I really wanted to love this film, unfortunately I only liked it. It hurts for me to admit it but I'm very dissapointed with how it turned out. This is coming from someone who really loved Man of Steel.

None of this film carries any emotional weight or real sense of drama. Why? Because Snyder only cares about how good the film looks and what camera he shot it with when he should be taking actual care with his characters. Written as a screenplay by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer. I still can't help but feel that Goyer has a hand in the blame. The real villain of the film isn't Lex or Doomsday. It's Zack Snyder. The man can direct action most definitely but he he sucks at dealing with human emotions and storytelling. Zack Snyder is laughing all of the way to the bank with our rent money in his pocket. In the end he's the only true winner here. He's seduced us once more with slick visuals and an over-abundance of CGI, kinetic violence and a dreadful story. In short, we have been “sucker-punched,” all over again. Where is the justice in that?

Rating C-



Written By Shawn Williams







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