Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

Year:2016
Rating: PG
Length: 151 Minutes
Main Cast: Ben Affleck
Henry Carvell
Jessie Eisenberg
Amy Adams
Holly Hunter
Main Production Company: DC Entertainment
Written By: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer
Directed By: Zack Snyder
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Written by Nelson Cumming

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice needlessly pants, wheezes, and heaves along before it hurls itself over the finish line completely exhausted and out of breath by the time the credits roll and the curtain calls: At 151 minutes. When I walked out, I was admittedly confused others were miffed, but we all shared the same disappointment. There many, many movies that are worse than this one. The main reason I was disappointed was because of the large gap in quality between the expected product and the actual product. I can tell you that I am not the only one that shared this view.

This film is so uneven that I had to look at the plot on Wikipedia to understand what was going on. Batman (Ben Affleck) finds a weapons dealer selling Kryptonite to Lex Luthor (Jessie Eisenberg) and plans to try and steal the Kryptonite, weaponise it and defeat Superman (whom Batman believes is a threat to peace). Funny thing is, Superman (Henry Carvell) thinks Batman is a threat to peace too! (dun, dun, dun!) and the main antagonist Luthor has his own plans to destroy both Superman and Batman.

I am not sure if I am the only one here, but it was unclear to me the reasons Batman and Superman hated each other in the first place. I also wondered why some of the side plots even existed. Scene after scene, this movie goes from one character to another without connecting the dots together to make a coherent narrative. There is a scene near the beginning when Kryptonite was discovered in the ocean, the Kryptonite is then not seen for about half an hour as the movie cuts away to a scene with Superman, another scene with Lois Lane and the third scene with Batman. By the time I saw the Kryptonite again, I nearly forgot about its existence. This was how the whole movie played out.

Batman v Superman needed better writers and better editors. Too many scenes were redundantly made (shame on the writer) and those scenes were kept in and were chopped around instead of flowing seamlessly (even more shame on the editor) There is a subplot which involves lots of politics with tons of soapbox political dialogue that could have been cut out. That is 30 minutes off right there! Now all you have to do is put the remaining scenes in the correct order and you have a half-decent movie that people can leave the cinema saying “It was ok, not that great, but it is a movie you can spend an hour and forty minutes on”

Even then I am not exactly sure people would say that due to the classic Hollywood storytelling convention this movie used (twice). It is called The Dream Sequence, where “it was all a dream”. Yes, Batman has nightmares about Superman kicking his ass twice. To say that I hate a dream sequence would be an understatement and yet they had the courage to do that twice to the audience. As soon as I saw the second dream sequence, I stopped writing and smacked my fist into the palm of my hand in frustration.

What was even worse is the actual movie title is misleading. Batman and Superman fight for only five minutes only for them to stop fighting through because of a silly little plot device. Let’s just say that the stars aligned for Superman when his mother shared the same name as Batman’s mother. The rest of the film is Batman and Superman vs. Lex Luthor which goes for 30-40 minutes.

There were some awesome action scenes, great music by Henry Carvell and decent acting from the cast. This is what helps make the movie watchable. At the end of the day, the movie had a very high benchmark it had to live up to, made even higher with its marketing campaign. I was expecting at least 4 and a half star quality movie. Unfortunately, the movie falls 500 miles off the mark. It is so mundanely average **

 

Deadpool Movie Review

Year of Release: 2016

Genre: Superhero

Length: 108 minutes

Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds

Morena Baccarin

Ed Skrein

Directed by: Tim Miller

Distributed by: Marvel Comics

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The superhero genre has a cesspool of morally righteous characters who’s heroes live a rich and lavish lifestyle and are 100% committed to saving the world from impending evil. Some of the movies with this premise are good and some are bad. If there were a place in the Marvel catalogue for the character of Deadpool he would make himself known by breaking that conventional mold with his sharp tongue and rapier wit. In a superhero movie that has not moved into new territory since The Incredibles, Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds) is a movie that works through unrelenting bawdy humour that is interweaved in throughout several close combat action sequences.

 

Deadpool’s identity is Wade Wilson, a man who is a mercenary. Wilson meets the love of his life Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin) and after a year together Wilson gets diagnosed with cancer. Wilson is given an opportunity to cure his terminal cancer but with the cost of intense physical pain and skin disfigurement. Deadpool is on a quest to find the only man who can cure his disfigurement. That man is the same person who gave him his powers and is also his enemy. He is played by actor Ed Skrein whose real name is Francis (and his cover name is Ajax).

 

Deadpool’s character has an energetic and playful personality that differs from other superheroes. It only takes a look at the opening credits of the movie to understand what Deadpool is all about: A smart-mouthed bastard full of wit and dick jokes who also loves to play with his food before he eats it. To put it in other words: an entertaining and hilarious S.O.B. The opening scene where Deadpool flicks chewing gum onto the camera screen only to casually wipe it off the lens is the start of the fourth wall breaking that is abundant in order to let us in on the joke. The character is also funny in his self-awareness as well as there’s jokes in this film about Ryan Reynolds said by Deadpool (who may I remind you is played by Ryan Reynolds). You can just tell that the writers had so much fun scripting this film.

 

There are a couple of minor things that were wrong in this film however they are relatively minor and they don’t damage the movie but they are noticeable such as the love story between Vanessa Carlysle and Wade Wilson characters. The love story was really good in terms of its development and how it fits the Deadpool character and gives him humanity. It also gives Deadpool a motive to keep fighting. The only thing I have a problem with is it felt rushed but you get what you needed to know. It was like they made a 30-minute story and condensed it into a 20 minute one. The actual love story is actually entertaining enough for viewers as the characters Vanessa Carlysle and Wade Wilson are believable in their bizarre way and the actors have good chemistry together. So overall we go with it but I’d wonder where it would have gone had they been given more time.

 

Overall I liked this film because of how well developed the Deadpool character is and how he breathes new life in the superhero genre. We don’t see him as arrogant due to his unrelenting jokes but because of his self-awareness, vulnerability and knowledge of what is right and wrong we support him and engage in his actions and juvenile antics. ****