Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ★★★★★

This is my world.

The final film of the night. Despite this being my third time logging the movie, this is really the first time I will actually be doing a more formal review. I will also admit that it is getting later, and I did just watch the three hour version of the film, so my brain is not in the best shape it can be to cover a movie like this. Therefore, I'll just touch on certain things. I love Cavill as Superman/Clark. I like his performance better in Man of Steel, but I am okay with the stoic/silent character we get here. This has likely my favorite musical score from a modern blockbuster. It's a great blend of classical and electronic music, maybe my favorite overall work from Hans Zimmer. I also like the way the film is shot overall. Even if a lot of scenes could look just a tad brighter, I would dare call this a beautiful movie in terms of appearance. The framing and most of the editing I enjoy. The warehouse fight scene continues to be the stuff of legends. How can someone not love when Batman hits Clark over the head with a sink? Yes, I even love the Martha scene, and I even like Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Above anything else, the thing I took the most from this viewing of Batman v Superman is that I really do not think it's some work of genius. I would call Zack Snyder a visionary, but not a genius. This movie is horrendously flawed. It's pseudo-intellectual, very surface-level with what it's all examining, more about throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks instead of digging into the nitty-gritty of something like Superman being a Christ figure or Batman becoming a murderer. The thing with all of that is that I really don't care. I still love it. This is a movie that arrived at an important time, and it's something that has stayed with me ever since I first saw it. Even if its morality is flawed, I think of the Martha scene, I think about all of our mothers having the same name, and I feel a little bit of peace. Maybe dumb to call a movie as grim and almost silly as this something that brings me comfort, but that's really what it does. These are characters that make me happy, and I respect the hustle of Snyder. He goes for it in everything he does, for better and worse, and I appreciate that. Seems pretty clear that we will likely never get another official studio-released superhero movie like this again, and I'm okay with that. Having just one of these is good enough for me. It does what a Superman movie should for me, which is give me hope, and that's almost all I can ask for. Men can still be good.


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