Finally, Michael Shannon is used effectively in a decent Superman origin story.
Sadly, BvS doesn't stand up to much scrutiny on repeat viewings. After a second watch, I understand the philosophy underpinning the narrative. It's wholly surmised with this line:
"That's how it starts. The fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men... cruel."- Alfred Pennyworth
This is all the movie needed to be. It's a simplistic notion that immediately has pathos and is the motivational catalyst for every central character...until it is lost in poorly theorised theological parallels…
As much as I enjoyed this film, I couldn't help but feel somewhat underwhelmed walking out of the cinema the first time I saw 'Rises', placated the second time and a little confused the third time.
Vertebrae punching and long-drop hangings aside, Bruce’s imprisonment was the most confusing part of his ‘rising’ where he must relearn fear in order to escape and save Gotham.
Is he discovering a desire to live as a man and kill his reliance on living…