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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

I recently finished watching season 2 of the Netflix series Daredevil. Daredevil is a brilliant superhero show with amazingly choreographed action, pharm believable human characters, cialis and blurred lines between the heroes and villains to make the story more interesting. In total contrast, sale director Zack Snyder’s formula for superhero movies in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is bombast; throw in as many loud explosions as you can muster for two and a half hours without ever once slowing down to build characters.

I’m not kidding when I say this movie is loud. I saw it on an IMAX screen with surround sound and I probably lost a couple decades worth of hearing due to the noise of explosions, gunfire, and Han Zimmer/Junkie XL’s obnoxious score. But the sound wasn’t the only reason Batman v. Superman gave me a headache. This is a jumbled mess of a movie which desperately throws in as many subplots and sequel setting scenes as possible with little of it coming together.

The first thing this movie has to set up is why two of America’s most beloved superheroes are battling each other in the first place. Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) is not too happy with Superman (Henry Cavill) after the destruction he and General Zod caused back in 2013’s Man of Steel. After that, you have a slew of subplots which include Lois Lane (Amy Adams) working to uncover crimes by businessman Lex Luthor (Jessie Eisenberg), Luthor talking with a senator to discredit Superman, Luthor grabbing hold of a green alien substance, Bruce Wayne uncovering secrets of a group of heroes, and too many others to mention. Batman v. Superman also has to justify throwing in contractually obligated scenes to set up for DC’s Avengers… I mean Justice League. With so many subplots and pointless scenes connecting together so poorly, I feel like I’m watching The Amazing Spider-Man 2 all over again.

Most of the characters act like idiots while Snyder and screenwriters David Goyer and Chris Terrio fail to bring personality to anyone. Even with nearly every actor giving a good performance (Ben Affleck in particular is quite believable as Batman), no one can fix the lack of three dimensions and the huge number of plot holes which surround this movie. Batman and Superman argue with each other like kids on a playground while being completely oblivious to the evil plots happening right under their noses. Louis Lane is sadly reduced to being a helpless damsel in distress who can’t go twenty minutes without Superman needing to save her.

I don’t know what anyone was thinking while writing and filming Jessie Eisenberg’s disastrous portrayal of Lex Luthor. Eisenberg’s scenery chewing has reduced the businessman-like figure of Lex Luthor to a cartoon, right down to the face twitching, arm flailing, and voice cracking.

Batman v. Superman is depressing to experience and look at. The dark images suck out every bit of color (even the daytime scenes look muted). During action scenes, there’s so much crammed into one frame in terms of explosions and computer images along with shaky cam and rapid cutting that it’s not always clear what I’m looking at. Meanwhile, there isn’t an ounce of humor to offset all the dour dialogue and imagery. Unlike The Dark Knight, which told an emotional human story, Batman v. Superman is meant to be a big spectacle. Shouldn’t we at least get to enjoy the spectacle?

The only bit of fun to be had was in an eventual scene where Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) team up. The three heroes have some nice chemistry together and it does produce the only bit of uplifting dialogue in the movie. But that comes in after well over two hours and it’s just too little too late. By the time we reached two hours, I just couldn’t take any more loud machine guns and I was yearning for Daredevil’s creator, Drew Goddard, to provide a shred of humanity to these characters.

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