Some films have that special something, and some films seem like they stepped in something. Allow me to help you know the difference, and maybe find you something good to watch.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice / 2 hours and 31 minutes / rated PG-13 / dir: Zack Snyder / wri: David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio / Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg
Based on what I had gathered from others, I was expecting a truly awful mess of a film. I had heard ‘Batman v Superman’ (BvS) was too long, it was unfocused, disjointed, and that it was quite badly written.
And while that is all certainly true, as I look back upon the film’s moments I just don’t find myself hating it with any real vitriol.
The critic in me notices plot-holes, missing character motivation, a whole boat-load of inane decisions, and more. But the child in me still thrills at macho posturing and things going fast and sometimes blowing up. So overall it was — ehhhh-alright.
Better than ‘MAN OF STEEL’ (which was bad, but contains story elements that are revisited in ‘BvS’, so you should try to watch before you see this), and certainly better than ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’ (which should have been at least as good as its predecessors, but couldn’t stop slapping me in the face with its legion of plot-holes). Read my review of that HERE
I thought the performances in ‘BvS’ were fine. I didn’t hate Jesse Eisenberg (as Lex Luthor) OR Ben Affleck (as Batman) as much as I expected to. And even though she didn’t have a lot of screentime, Gal Gardot (Wonder Woman) did a good job. Although in my heart of hearts I’d still rather see Gina Carano in the role. Google that; you’re welcome.
As a springboard for future Justice League and DC Comic films, it’ll do. Although I’d rather see what other writers and directors could do with the material.
While I didn’t loathe ‘BATMAN v. SUPERMAN’, it had far too many flaws to recommend watching in the theater. Not to mention the main conflict between the Bat and the Super (which is kind of a big deal) was grossly mishandled every step of the way. It made no sense!!
Like most of the superhero films that fail, it comes down to weak writing. You can spend hundreds of millions on a chase-sequence and get the biggest stars in Hollywood to appear, but if the characters are saying stupid things and making inexplicable decisions, then it may as well be a sock-puppet show.