Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - Movie Review

Mar 23, 2016

In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', Superman faces moral charges from his fight against General Zod in Metropolis. One of the surviving victims from their destruction, Bruce Wayne was all willing to get this God-like figure the punishment for his damages after nearly all his employees are killed in the incident, thus starting a tension that will lead his alter-ego Batman to a battle with the superhero. Meanwhile, young billionaire Lex Luthor is using an old nemesis for his evil scheme as well as making the fight between Superman and Batman all the worse.

It's impossible not to get excited for this movie. Despite being the first live-action feature to bring two of the most iconic superheroes together on the big screen, it will also be responsible for the basic foundation of the newly conceived DC Comics Cinematic Universe, wherein familiar names are expected to pop-up. With big expectations attached to this, it's also impossible for some people to not like it. 'Batman v Superman' is destined to receive divisive remarks from everyone for its notable risks.

The film goes into territory you don't expect it will go, giving its characters new life distant from their comic-book counterparts. It worked sometimes, but the choice is expected to be a controversial one. Like Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of Lex Luthor. His performance is effective though very distractive when certain quips shouldn't be presented are shown for the sake of making him acceptable to the viewers. The movie is really about his storyline despite the Batman vs Superman title, which turned out to be something of an excuse to drive people in.

The excess of storylines for its multiple characters hurt the movie a lot. The first half deals with something and surprisingly kills it off quickly to make a new threat for the protagonists for the second half. But the movie is excellent when it hits. The pivotal moments you expected to be there are handled in a way where it can exceed your expectations. The battle between Batman and Superman was terrific all the way, given how the film allotted way too much set-ups for this showdown to come.

The action sequences are better and clearer in terms of visuals and choreography this time around compared to its predecessor Man of Steel. Ben Affleck's rendition of Batman is perfect, a quintessential portrayal of the character to the big screen. He's gritty, smart and a terrifying presence. It's too early to say this, but he is my new favorite Batman, surpassing Christian Bale and Michael Keaton.

Henry Cavill was also great here, giving more emotional depth as Superman that fits just right.

The film's big revelation is a nice nod, but the writers want to get rid of it right away to forcefully remind you of a Justice League movie coming out soon. A whole scene was dedicated for that, and it felt very out of place. In fact, the whole Justice League tease is the worst part of this colossal painting because of the fact that it strays the film away from being a stand-alone wonder.

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' is a crowd pleaser for its highly anticipated brawl, but a major flunk when it doesn't deal with that.

The geek rates it 7/10!

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' opens March 26 in Philippine cinemas nationwide from Warner Bros. Pictures! Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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