Okay. I have read so many reviews completely trashing this film and I have no idea what movie some people are watching?
I understand where the critics are coming from but it really isn’t that bad. Zack Snyder did a wonderful job with reinventing Bruce Wayne and Batman, Ben Affleck is the BEST Batman that we have ever gotten and he is the Batman fans deserve. Zack Snyder does such an incredible job with creating this huge universe in such a unique way. I will admit that the first half of this film was extremely long and could have been cut down because all it was, was setting up the characters and the second half of the film. It was slow, the pacing was off at first. Snyder showed us the same story that we’ve seen but from Bruce’s perspective, which I quite enjoyed. Snyder gave us the Batman origins story in a really wicked way, it showed the power of Bruce and where his strength originates from and resonates within him. They wrote Bruce Wayne in the best way possible and I thank Terrio and Goyer for giving us Batman in all his glory.
The whole film is character driven, the plot really doesn’t even matter and to be perfectly honest I didn’t even focus on the plot but I focused on the characters and the character interactions because that is why this movie was made. This was fan service in the best possible form, Snyder focused on bringing the best comic book adaptation that he could and he did, he did deliver. The second half of the film is what dreams were made of, seeing them battle, seeing the three of them standing together against Doomsday was overwhelming. Snyder made a huge movie, it’s big and explosive and brings us into the world of Gotham and Metropolis quite seamlessly.
As for the other characters in the film, Gal Godot was fierce, regal and powerful as Diana Prince with the very little screen time she had, she developed a strong subtle presence that was needed for her character. The second Wonder Woman appeared, she really did own the screen and overpowered the rest of them. Jesse Eisenberg brought us a different Lex Luthor, he wasn’t intimidating but he was creepy, psychotic and a complete lunatic who was a ticking time bomb. He was quick witted and sharp, you hung on his every word. Amy Adams was pretty kick ass in this as well, I really enjoyed her progression as Lois Lane, she had much more to do in this film and was essential to the plot of the film. They also managed to integrate the cameos in the most subtle but effective way. I really enjoyed how Snyder managed to set up the Justice League he did a really good job with that.
The one problem I did have with this film was that the writing for Clark Kent was non existent. Henry Cavill was so restricted in his actions and his story that he was underwhelming. I wanted him to do so much more in this one but he took a backseat to Bruce Wayne and Batman. This wasn’t a Superman movie at all, it should have been considered a solo Batman film because Superman was the secondary character in his own film. I know it says Batman v Superman but Bruce Wayne overpowered everyone (which I’m also not complaining because Ben was incredible) I just really wanted Clark to have some sort of character development but he was just there, he was just Superman and he didn’t progress.
In conclusion, the first half of this film is really slow and really long and should have been edited. The second half was amazing and the pros outweigh the cons. Once the fighting kicks in and they all band together, it is a dream come true and comic book fans will be so happy with this. If we could erase the first half and just remember the glorious second half then it’s the movie that we have been waiting for. It is not as bad as critics are making it out to be, I found it rather enjoyable because we finally have an incredible Bruce Wayne who was the driving force of this film and we finally have a gritty Batman who is ruthless and actually has incredible fight scenes. Zack Snyder brought us the best possible comic book adaptation, he couldn’t have done it any other way.