Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to reviews, I am not sold that they are any indication of a film’s actual worth. Lots of times, reviewers get it wrong. The Wizard of Oz, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Graduate, Annie Hall, and Psycho all received bad reviews right after they were released. So, reviews are to be taken with a grain of salt.
That being said, the early reviews of Zach Snyder’s “blockbuster” “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” aren’t so good. Based on the trailers that came out pre-release, that doesn’t come as a surprise to me. The trailers painted a picture of an overly gritty, disjointed film that was trying to be both superhero film and philosophical piece. I know, I know, you can’t judge a movie by it’s trailer. All of those scenes are out of context. Maybe so, but a trailer should inspire you to go see the film. The bad dialogue (“Do you bleed?”), dark often rainy scenes (it’s even raining in the promo picture), and the bizarre (Superman walking through bowing Nazi looking soldiers) did little to inspire. When we first talked about out it on The Geekiverse Show, I for one was luke warm.
The early reviews point out all of those things, and more. What was a big surprise, a pleasant big surprise, is that Ben Affleck has been generally regarded as a pretty good Batman. I am pleased to hear that. While I was a naysayer, I certainly never wanted him to fail. Looks like he is, potentially, the foundation on which a full slate of DC hero movies will be built. What will happen, I wonder, if this one flops. Another reboot sans Zack Snyder and Ben and Harry?
Sadly, one of the best characters in the film doesn’t even get a headline billing. Plenty of reviewers list Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman as one of the film’s bright spots. Good. I am hoping there are more.
What else can you hope for to save this film? Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor? From the first 10 seconds of the trailer he first appeared in, I was completely underwhelmed…..nay….offended by this interpretation. It was borderline ridiculous and clearly an attempt to play on the cult status of Heath Ledger’s Joker. The minute I saw it, I felt it was a bad play. Of Eisenberg, reviewerTodd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter says:
“…Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, is so intensely annoying that, very early on, you wish Batman and Superman would just patch up their differences and join forces to put the squirrelly rascal out of his, and our, misery.”
I’m not sure why I expected this might be good. Man of Steel was not the top of the list of a series of mediocre Superman films. Superman was never a dark character in my world. Both MoS and BvS have taken a much darker approach. Batman is dark, always has been. But sucking the light and the humor out of Superman isn’t the approach I would have taken. This film is to set the tone for the entire DC Film Universe. Grit for grit’s sake isn’t a foundation to build on. Rafer Guzman of Newsday says:
“This overlong and humorless slugfest may knock you unconscious.”
The poor reviews haven’t scared me off. Currently, Metacritic gives is a 47/100 and Rotten Tomatoes tallies a 41%. IMDB, however, offers an 8.8/10 in early reviews. I’ll still be seeing it opening weekend. I’m just too big a comic book movie fan to give up. I’ll look for the positive because when it comes to movies, that’s what I do.
What do you think? Will you still go see Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice? Leave me a comment below and tell me.