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a/perture cinema, the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Gal Gadot.
Per IMDb: “Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.”
Wow, I don’t even know where to start on this one. I will say that I watched the “Ultimate Edition” of this film. Yes, the three hour version. Three. Hours. A lot of super hero in three hours. Well, let’s try this…
Lois Lane (Adams) goes to what I’m figuring to be a Middle Eastern country to talk with a man about being a terrorist. It turns out to be a set up and Superman (Cavill) comes to her rescue. Some of the bad guys burn up the dead and make it look like Superman did that. This turns public fear and doubt toward him. Bruce Wayne (Affleck) also has reservations about Superman being more of a liability than a help. So, as Batman, he attempts to find ways to stop or perhaps kill Superman to protect the greater good of the planet. Lex Luthor has a bit of a God complex and plots to take out Superman to get power and his way; managing to get access to Kryptonian tech along the way.
They face off, and I can’t really tell you what happens, but I do think it’s sweet that both Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne had mothers named Martha. I hadn’t thought of that before, actually. We’re introduced, kind of hurriedly, to a few other “heroes” yet to show up, in a series of video clips. We are also introduced to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. The “big three,” or trifecta, of DC Comics here at once fighting. Fighting who? Each other? Someone else? You’ll have to watch to find out.
I had heard many bad reviews of this film. I heard it sucked. I heard Ben Affleck was a bad choice for Batman/Bruce Wayne. I heard it was just an utter bomb. Well, I feel all that is poppycock. Do I think this is a great film? No. Do I think it’s the best superhero film I’ve seen? No. Do I think Affleck was a good choice for Batman? Yes. In fact, I’d say the overall package, he was pretty darn fit for the part. I’m still a Bale fan, but Affleck is the right body type and played a slightly older character. The timeline portrayed in the film would put Batman slightly younger than me. I haven’t seen the regular theatrical release so I don’t know what the regular movie-going crowd saw, but three hours’ worth of movie, I felt they had plenty of time to get the story out there. At first, it was a bit sporadic but then it made sense.
Special effects in this film were fantastic. The CGI didn’t look like CGI, it looked real. I enjoyed Jeremy Irons as Alfred and the action was good. There are two things though, that bother me. One… I don’t like the babbling lunacy that Jesse Eisenberg portrays Luthor as a bumbling yet brilliant maniac. The comics’ Lex Luthor was a sociopath and, yes, he was brilliant but not at all bumbling. He was calm, poised and in control, just in a madman kind of way. I don’t think Eisenberg was a bad choice for Luthor, just a bad portrayal. Secondly, traditionally, Batman has been anti-gun and anti-kill. He was blast-happy throughout this film. Will we get some justification or clarification as to why he’s not following that credo, now?
Rotten Tomatoes, seemingly losing their minds, rates this at 27% Rotten but the audience score is 64%. The critics’ reasoning is: the film “smothers a potentially powerful story — and some of America’s most iconic superheroes — in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.” Okay, it was heavy on effects. It’s a superhero film with flying folks, aliens, Amazons, etc. It’s going to be heavy on effects. Whatever. IMDb has it at 6.7 stars out of 10. That’s about right. Anyway, Affleck – good, Eisenberg’s portrayal – bad, movie – decent. I saw it on Blu-Ray as someone allowed me to borrow theirs but you can watch it on the HBO subscription through Amazon Channels. I rate it 3.75 stars out of 5. Have you seen it? What did you think? What would you like to hear/read me review?
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“No one stays good in this world.” – Superman