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Batman V Superman Review - No Spoilers - Cinema Shelf
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Batman V Superman Review – No Spoilers

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing.’ I find myself extremely conflicted with this movie because on the surface, this film is great but when looking under the surface, I find the movie lacking substance. The film continues the story of Superman told in Man of Steel and adds newcomers Batman, Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor to the DC Extended Universe along with a handful of supporting characters. While having some of the most iconic comic book characters and great action sequences, BVS misses the mark with the story and writing, which are huge reasons why it’s just ‘ok.’

Let’s start with the positives. I do feel that Snyder and crew did a great job with several elements of the film. The casting of both Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Ben Affleck as Batman were great. While I felt that Gal Gadot did an amazing job as Wonder Woman, it was Bruce Affleck who comes out as the best new character (if not best character in the whole film). We saw a dark, gritty, aged Batman, and it was awesome. I would even go so far to say that Affleck gives Christian Bale a run for his money in terms of portraying the Dark Knight. The score for this film was also a strength for me, although this wasn’t a surprise. Really, did you expect anything less from Hans Zimmer? Finally, the action sequences in this film were exactly what I wanted. The battle between our two main characters wasn’t a let down. In fact, I was surprised at just how brutal these two were with each other, which I enjoyed watching. These positives are all on the surface and make me want to think this movie is amazing.

Now to reveal the wolf. Perhaps the biggest blunder in this film is the writing. This movie is a mess. It’s a mess in the sense that the editing for this film is all over the place and for those who are not educated about the comics or premise of the story, might be confusing. I felt that the film had some strong scenes that really drove this story along only to be followed by a completely unnecessary scene that does nothing for the story. The movie really should be a two hour film and not a two-and-a-half hour film. I found the story to be predictable, with just a couple surprises. The lack of surprise in terms of story has much to do with the various trailers and tv spots that were released for this film. I did not like the way Snyder and the writers chose to write Lex Luthor. I felt that he played his role well, although he pretty much plays the same role in all his films. The CGI for this film was a huge negative as well. Doomsday looks like he belongs in the Michael Bay Ninja Turtles movies and you can definitely tell that all our heroes have some sort of CGI. My personal opinion with CGI is that a good film will look as if the movie has not been touched by any computer graphics.

Batman V Superman hits some high notes but fails in some crucial areas. The movie does a great job of introducing us to this extended universe and sets up the main story for future films. I don’t think this movie is great, but at the same time I don’t feel that it completely deserves the reviews it got from critics who saw the film before it was released. Definitely go and see this movie if you’re debating whether you want to watch it or not. Batman V Superman is probably the most polarizing film of 2016. We’re bound to see strong opinions for those showing their support or hate for the film.

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