Ben Wheatley doesn't make movies, he makes messes. This isn't a criticism, but simply a straightforward observation of a filmmaker who can't seem to quit chaos and disorientation. With Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, he continues his pattern of such films about social breakdown and brutality, while also making his first film without any murder. It takes the form of a dysfunctional family drama(/comedy), a genre not totally foreign to the director - Kill List and Sightseers have bits of…
Cezanne: I hate everything!
Zola: C'mon pal, cheer up.
Cezanne: U and all your friends are fake af and copy better artists.
Zola: Whoa there, that's not true!
Cezanne: Yeah it is and ur a little bourgeosie bitch.
Zola: I'm trying to be your friend.
Cezanne: ALL I GET TO DO IS PAINT PICTURES OF BEAUTIFUL NUDE WOMEN IN BEAUTIFUL FRENCH LANDSCAPES AND IT IS TEARING ME APART. (exits scene)
Zola (turns to camera): He's such a genius. What a special bond we have.
No, "Batman v Superman" is not the disaster that critics are making it out to be. It is also not the masterpiece early fan reviews made it out to be. Instead, it falls in the middle ground, like most entries into the superhero genre.
There are some terrific highs in this movie. Jesse Eisenberg channels his Mark Zuckerberg from "The Social Network" brilliantly into egomaniacal genius Lex Luthor, and when Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL's diabolical theme kicks in one…