Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Releases March 25, 2016
153 min.
Rated PG-13
Action, Adventure, Fantasy


Director: Zach Snyder
Writers: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman
Amy Adams as Lois Lane
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor
Diane Lane as Martha Kent
Jeremy Irons as Alfred
Holly Hunter as Senator Finch
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/ Wonder woman
Laurence Fishburne as Perry White

Review by Ashley S.

The battle between Superheroes is a fight that has been challenging mankind for decades. Since comics began printing, debates like whether the Flash or Green Lantern would reign victorious, or Spider-man vs. Iron Man is stronger have popped up all over the world. Many readers argue for days in person or over message boards, and now, one of those debates is being faced head on by the superheroes themselves.

That’s right! Batman vs. Superman is finally here and I was lucky enough to see it a week early. I’d like to preface by admitting that, while I do enjoy a good superhero movie from time to time, I am in no way a die-hard fan, nor did I have high expectations from this movie. But before you start throwing tomatoes at your computer screen or shooting hate mail, seeing it completely wiped that opinion to another planet.

The movie was completely captivating from the moment it began. The movie begins with a recap of Batman’s parents’ death, a scene which even this “non-super-fan” has witnessed many times, but with which I was completely enthralled. The camera work that captured his parents’ deaths, coupled with an adorable and heart-wrenching portrayal of young Bruce Wayne, made the scene feel fresh and alluring despite the repetition. They also managed to highlight key points that are relevant later in the movie, subliminally attaching certain moments to your memory without making its significance too obvious.

The next scene was a flawless interspersion with the last Superman movie. The genius idea to throw Bruce’s witness of Superman’s last battle and his reaction to the hero made us understand where this feud began and why he has such negative feelings toward a hero we have all grown to treasure.

The movie not only brings to light a superhero feud long in the making by fans, but its underlying messages were particularly strong. They bring to light the power of media and other factors in manipulating the thoughts of both men and super-men. The imagery of heaven and hell, angels and demons, light and dark is also incredibly strong and the movie itself leaves you with many thought-provoking moments that keep your mind running way past the credits. And the movie is anything but predictable as many moments leave even the strongest hero proponents wondering what is going through the characters’ minds and who deserves their support.

If there was any doubt in your mind as to whether Ben Affleck could handle the weight of Batman’s cape, let me lay that to rest right now. Affleck was on fleek as the eponymous Batman. Lending a perfect tone to his moody disposition, his deep voice (made deeper by Alfred’s voice-masking mechanism), and of course his physique. Wayne’s every move was calculated to the point where one would even suspend his Superman-backing, and believe Batman could actually defeat him.

On the other side of the superhero spectrum, Henry Cavill continued his Superman supremacy as the swoon-worthy Man of Steel and the equally justice-abiding Clark Kent. Amy Adams, as Lois Lane, gave a flawless performance, as we’ve come to expect from her. And as for our new Wonder Woman? Gal Gidot was equal parts alluring and mysterious, proving that women can take control of a situation and kick a** just as much as men. Speaking of women who kick a**, I would be remised if I didn’t mention Holly Hunter’s short-lived yet stellar performance as the senator.

But what would our superheroes be without a villain. Lex Luther is an arch-nemesis we have come to know and hate. And I’m sure many of you, like me, had your doubts about Jesse Eisenberg taking on the role. Well, let me tell you, he took on Lex’s fanaticism with Depp-like finesse. Verging on crazy, but actually making a modicum of sense in between, he brought life and dare I say likeability to the character. And before you ask, he doesn’t don the terrifying bald head until very late in the film, but that’s not to say it doesn’t befit him in an odd way.

Coupled with some great cameos by the likes of Neil Degrasse Tyson and Anderson Cooper, along with some choice Justice League characters, this movie is really the whole package. Those who doubt, should not go without. Trust me; you won’t be sorry you gave it a chance. You may even find yourself wanting to go again.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars (or should I say bat wings?)

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