Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ★★★★

“You're not brave. Men are brave”

Regardless of its quality, Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an epic film, cutting between several different plotlines and establishing a diverse complexity, but this also helps keeping the interest up. At times, there’s a bit of a lack of room to breathe in all this jumping, but thanks to the solid performances (Jesse Eisenberg is on a thin line though) it makes it worth following these threads. Snyder tackles a lot of themes, but thanks to the lengthy run-time (I saw the ultimate cut) he’s able to really focus on them and truly tie together these characters and symbolism for which these superheroes fit very well.

I can understand if it’s seen as a bit messy – all the threads makes some of the motivations a bit murky – but to me it’s just wonderful that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice takes its time, often functioning more like an interesting drama rather than just action. When things eventually hit the fan, it’s with fun action, not visually perfect in terms of lightning and editing – but these scenes are spread throughout the film enough to make them effective whenever they show up. As for the titular match; Snyder has crafted an entertaining brawl and it works because it’s just enough of it, blending well with the emotions involved in the struggle.

Sure, Batman v Superman has some flaws and the final battle is with quite a flat monster-villain, but that Apocalypse-fight is also a great reminder that this is a comic book-film at heart. It’s not afraid to mix in weird monsters, being a fun, effect-driven film and thus manages to create such a tonally rich experience as it still treats its heroes as important characters. It’s serious themes, given plenty of room and matched with entertaining comic book-goodies – what more could you need?

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