Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ★★★½

Zack Snyder is a filmmaker of the abstract. For him, it seems, the script he's given works as little more than an excuse for him to create images. Dawn of Justice is the perfect example of that. At its best, the film achieves the level of the director's best work (AKA Watchmen). However, these two films are completely different from each other. Whereas Watchmen had a consistent, superhero/neo-noir look, Batman v Superman is all over the place. From the initial sequence that pits Batman's origin story with his perspective of the day mankind saw Superman, constantly shifting between the two with fade cuts, to the horror-ish nightmare sequence and to the final fight's CGI extravaganza, time and time again Snyder shows immense creativity and willingness to take risks. These risks don't always pay off, but just seeing him try is greatly satisfying. So darn that nasty thing called script.
This script isn't all bad, though. There's an interesting recurring theme about Superman's position in relation to Humanity, whether he's a God or not and, as a consequence of that, if he should abide by the Law. Another interesting question is the matter of Power and Justice, if an all-powerful being can be good, or the other way around. These questions are posed mostly by Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, but the film never goes beyond posing them. It doesn't provide possible answers nor provides arguements to make the audience think. Instead, the film lets that oportunity slip between its fingers, into nothingness, and dives into banality. Because, as inspired as Snyder's directing is, script-wise, BvS is your typical superhero movie. There are Marvel-esque stupid, unfunny jokes, there are equally embarassing self-references and there are cliche one liners ("Tell me... do you bleed?" *Superman flies away* "You will.") and the mandatory self-serious speech at the end of the fillm about Humanity is absolutely cringeworthy. Worst part is, even outside all of that, the dialogue is genuinely bad. Yet, there is another good thing about it: like Zack Snyder's directing, it is all over the place. There is an unbelievable ammount of stuff going on. Characters, lots of characters, subplots that eventually become part of the main plotline, constant fights/ action sequences. If by any reason you find yourself bored during the film, it definitely won't be for its lack of trying.
Moreover, although I still don't like the guy that plays Superman and regardless of my finding Jesse Eisenberg a terrible miscast (it's painful seeing him trying to find a character that isn't his), Affleck turned out very well as Bruce Wayne and that bathtub scene made me realise Amy Adams is alot hotter than I initially thought she was which is way more than I could possible ask - seriously though, she does a decent job, despite not really impressive.
In the end, despite having a lot to please fans of the genre, what really makes BvS stand out is Snyder's vision, one that through form elevates its content, creating an amorphous mass of images that never ceases to surprise. It's not The Dark Night, but it's the best superhero movie since before Nolan decided to launch Matthew McConaughey into space and a substantial improvement on Man of Steel, which found the director particularly uninspired. If given the right script, Snyder could really come up with something special.

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