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Batman vs Superman

I bought the DVD yesterday. I hadn't seen this at the movies so this was my first time. I usually try to avoid reviews as there tend to be major spoilers, but I had heard that it wasn't that well received.

Ok, it wasn't as good as Man of Steel, I will say that. The first hour was kind of boring since it was mostly all talk and no action. Batfleck? Well, he's no Christian Bale, but he held his own as an older Bruce. I'm not sure about the Bat costume though. The glowing eyes? Really?

CB will always be my Batman because he beats even Michael Keaton hands down, plus in every fanfic where I have Bruce, I always picture CB.

Jesse Eisenberg was creepy and insane as Lex. I've never seen him in anything else so I've got nothing to compare his work to. Having said that, however, MR's Lex will always be the standard I judge the character against. I don't like it when Lex is a caricature and this is what it felt like in this movie. Michael was so good at being creepy and coldly psychotic, Jesse was just nuts.

Oh, and Doomsday? Really? Well, at least they did a better job with the monster than SV. That one was just ... weird.

All those points aside, it wasn't that bad. After that ending I had to go find some spoilers and I can see now how it's been set up for Justice League.

As much as I dislike much of the Marvel universe, I have to admit the movies I've seen are stronger in terms of plot and action. The plot for this one was all right but I felt it was let down by the lack of action, fight scene between Bats and Supes notwithstanding.

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thekiller00
Sep. 7th, 2016 01:15 am (UTC)
I bought the ultimate edition of the movie which is thirty minutes longer and I like it. I don't really see why some people don't like it. I think Gal Gadot did great as Wonder Woman and it has me looking forward to her movie more than before as well as the Justice League movie.

Edited at 2016-09-07 01:16 am (UTC)
phoenixnz
Sep. 7th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC)
I don't think mine is the ultimate edition - they only had one edition available. I didn't dislike it, I just feel some things did let it down a little. I did like Gal Gadot as well, I think she made a very believable Wonder Woman.
bradygirl_12
Sep. 7th, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
Gal Gadot was the star of the show. I can't tell you how many people told me she was the one bright spot in a dreary film.

You were much kinder in your review than I was, ha! I thought it was a hot mess and grimdark as hell. The movie did not get a lot of repeat business like the Marvel movies.

Funny how people learning about these characters for the first time via movieverse consider Marvel upbeat and DC grimdark when it was just the opposite in the comics for decades! :)

Glad you enjoyed it. I'm pinning my hopes on the Amazing Amazon for a hopefully good movie! :)

Also agree with you on Christian. He's my Batman, forever and ever! :)
phoenixnz
Sep. 7th, 2016 08:04 pm (UTC)
I do tend to be kinder in reviews. I'm hoping the Wonder Woman movie is better by far.

The movie was definitely grimmer.
babydee1
Sep. 9th, 2016 01:38 am (UTC)
"Jesse Eisenberg was creepy and insane as Lex. I've never seen him in anything else so I've got nothing to compare his work to. Having said that, however, MR's Lex will always be the standard I judge the character against. I don't like it when Lex is a caricature and this is what it felt like in this movie. Michael was so good at being creepy and coldly psychotic, Jesse was just nuts."

THIS. It's the main thing that the movie failed in for me. MR's Lex was a layered, complex man, unwittingly shaped by the hand of his father Lionel and the stigma of losing his hair in a freak accident. We all understood how he was, and saw him try to break away from his projected future so many times. Heck, people identified more with Lex than with Clark most of the time. He didn't just wake up one day and decide to be a despotic villain; there was a process, and we all went on that journey with him. The movie didn't do enough to develop Lex's character for us; we got no backstory. They just tossed a looney at us and expected us to get on with it. FAIL.



Batfleck was alright; so was WW, and Doomsday was suitably terrifying. But based on Man of Steel, I was expecting so much more and felt horribly disappointed by the end. :-(

phoenixnz
Sep. 9th, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
I agree with you but I can also see the problem with Lex's stsoryline - there's only so much backstory they can give without revealing too much of his agenda. I think what they were trying to do, not very well, I might add, was show Lex as this creepy guy with a mysterious agenda. Had Lois grabbed a shovel and started digging up Lex's background, it might have helped with the exposition, but still, I think that might have dragged the movie out another two hours.

The ending was a bit disappointing, but that was why I went looking for spoilers. I can kind of understand why they went down that path as Bruce needed to learn something from Clark's sacrifice. Still, it'll be interesting to see how they resolve it in Justice League.
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