Released on a budget of 250 million, Zack Snyder is once again entrusted with another blockbuster superhero film, crashes and burns. With poor character development, shoehorned elements and an overlong plot, BvS will go down as one of the most disappointing movies of its era.
Even the thought of Zack Snyder directing this didn’t slow down people’s anticipation, but going into his films with a grain of salt is the most sensible thing to do. After the critical failure, Man of Steel, comes a long awaited crossover film featuring arguably the two most popular heroes in comic history: Batman and Superman. Ben Affleck is decent as the new Batman, but in no way matches the grounded, realistic portrayal of his predecessor Christian Bale. Seasoned vet Jeremy Irons plays Alfred, much to my dismay. He comes across more like a friend than a father/mentor figure and he just doesn’t really fit the arc at all. Jesse Eisenberg plays Lex Luthor a.k.a. Heath Ledger Lite, while his amusing monologues provide some brief entertainment in an otherwise tedious movie, the character isn’t properly elaborated on. The Man of Steel casts returns with Henry Cavill reprising his stiff, wooden depiction of Superman. Amy Adams returns as Louis Lane and Laurence Fishburne returns as the editor-in-chief of The Daily Planet. They even manage to stuff up Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious franchise).
The beaming light of greatness in this movie is Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL’s score, which is definitely well used throughout the 151 minute film. The movie, like your average superhero flick of today, ends on a build up note towards future movies. This kind of ending does not justify 2 and a half hours of a CGI crap fest devoid of any real story aesthetic.
VERDICT — A film that isn’t just disappointing, but awful. The execution is poor, the action is stiff and cluttered like its script. A big thumbs down here.
RATING: 2.5 — AWFUL
MVP: Ben Affleck, whose portrayal is decent at best, but is the more involved character of the film.