NON HORROR REVIEW- Jessie Eisenberg is no Lex Luthor, and Ben Affleck is no Batman yet thanks to Zack Snyder (Man Of Steel, Watchman) and his superior post-editing team, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ is a particularly well constructed and directed film, in an overall cinematic sense, accumulating enough supplementary techniques and character teasers to rise far above the two negative aspects that the movie had going against it from it’s inception, but only if you allow it to.
However, this is a comic book realm story turned into a motion picture and not the first crack at these characters, so there are all kinds of unstable variables attached to it depending on what type of “fan” you are and what your expectations were going into this highly anticipated blockbuster. My personal disclaimer is clear, I am not a Snyder lover or a “DC fanboy.” In fact, if I had to choose going into the auditorium last night I would have said that I was nothing die-hard, but more of a Batman guy, yet I left as the credits rolled, undeniably a Superman man.
Along with the incredible score from Junkie XL & Han Zimmer, Snyder’s mastery of filter usage embodies such an immaculately dark and perfectly angled story that at the end of this two hour and 31 minute film it really doesn’t matter who is playing who or even how dull some of the script is, the fact prevails that ‘Dawn Of Justice’ is a piece of art that is enthrallingly wonderful. A rare feat that all directors should strive to achieve.
Essentially what audiences get from ‘Dawn Of Justice’ is a feeling of completeness of characters, and should be able to toss aside the actors that just don’t fit the bill, because this is pretty much a springboard for the future Justice League movie(s) and nothing more. I mean, even after it’s all said and done, Eisenberg still doesn’t excel as Luthor and Affleck is too shallow an actor and too bulky a person to execute Bruce Wayne or Batman properly, but within the films complete run-time, we are able to forget that for the most part.
There are some particularly bad sequences of fighting and acting from Affleck that warrants attention. The first being Bruce Wayne’s second dream/nightmare sequence, where the fighting was as stiff and dry as the unorthodox choice for the bat suit was in that scene, while the second was his Superman-bashing dialogue with an underused Jeremy Irons (Alfred) that was in no way emotionally believable.
Moving on to Eisenberg, who sadly portrays himself and/or other characters he has played more than Luthor, is disappointing at best. When he does attempt to fit into the character mold it seems like a far reach for a Joker-like personality than a genuine Luthor, even if he is supposed to be the icons son, something the script tried to justify by using the name Alexander Luthor at one point to divert any backlash that could stem from the mis-casting.
Aside from that, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” is exciting and fun, with subtle highlights of Laurence Fishburne’s solid supporting role as Perry White and Amy Adams delightfully returning as Lois Lane. A more commanding highlight was the larger than life, dare I say, epic fight with Doomsday, which captivated myself fully but may disappoint viewers who are going to the film solely based on the first half of the movie’s title, ‘Batman v Superman,’ expecting to have that as the highlight.
Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) was another positive force for the film, one that many fans and critics were skeptical about prior to the release, but should be able to rest assured that Gadot is a damn good fit for the iconic female fighter.
Overall, I feel as if ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ is more of a sequel to the 2013 Snyder directed film, ‘Man Of Steel’ than it is a stand alone movie, and part of me desperately wished it would have been for countless reasons. Although, the ensemble works well enough for it to become anything the producers want it to become in the future. Just as comic books have gone in the past, some months issues are better than the last, and this edition is definitely not a disappointment by any means and something I feel you should go see in cinemas while it’s available.