Batman v Superman: A snoozefest full of pretty faces [Review]

Batman v Superman: A snoozefest full of pretty faces [Review]

The beginning of Zack Snyder’s much anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice offers little in the way of surprise. We see Bruce Wayne’s parents being murdered, and Bruce falling slow-mo into the bat cave. The rest of the film is equally predictable, with dream sequences that only seem to serve as a stage for elaborate (yet poorly paced) fight scenes.

There’s a tender moment when the grown-up Bruce (Ben Affleck) is walking helplessly among the ruins of the Wayne Industries’ Metropolis office, after Superman (Henry Cavill) destroyed the city while finishing off General Zod. The experience convinced Bruce that Superman was an arrogant, careless immortal that would one day turn against all humans. So he decides to do everything he can to stop him.

Meanwhile, Senator Finch takes Superman to court over the collateral damage caused during his rescue missions, and tech mogul Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) devises his own evil means to defeat the Caped Crusader.

The film has several well-written jokes and dazzling moments of action, but the supposed climax – Batman and Superman’s battle – comes off as lame. While all the actors deliver superb performances, the script gives them little room to portray their characters with depth. Cavill serves little more than a chiselled face, Batman’s motives aren’t convincing, and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is less interesting than a Bond girl.

Batman v Superman is still kind of fun to watch, but it seems an hour too long for its dull storytelling, but too rushed for its overcrowded plot.

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Snoozefest full of pretty faces

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Joey Jepps

21:21pm

I agree that the film was slightly underwhelming, yet at the same time, it was relatively entertaining. I feel that Warner Brothers did exceptionally well considering they were trying to do something that took Marvel 5 films (Iron Man to Captain America: The First Avenger) in the space of 1 movie.
People have been linking this film to Spiderman 3, saying that the film is too jam-packed and although this may be the case, I personally feel that they managed to create some excitement for Justice League Part 1. Furthermore, the film manages to please some people and has even managed to snag a 7.3/10 on IMDB (which, if I say so myself, is reasonably generous).
Don't even get me started on the final battle between the two superheroes. That scene jumped right out of the comic books, causing comic book readers joy all across the globe. Wonder Woman is slightly underused, yet she was still entertaining to watch in the fight. Superman is exceptionally mopey in this movie and makes me like his character even less than in Man of Steel (which is an awful movie). Ben Afflick gave us an outstanding performance as Batman. I honestly cannot wait to see more of him.
What I really want to say is, many people are giving this movie a bad rap, and I think this is mainly due to DC overhyping the film. If Hollywood should learn anything, it's that critiques will burn your film to the ground for the smallest things if you promise them something better than the final result.