I saw “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” last night. I could gut the movie and critique it piece by minuscule piece, but that is not what I’m going to do. Let me lay it out plain, simple, & to the point. If you are incapable of reveling in gloom, loud noises, knock-down, drag-out fights, & a mash-up of iconic comic book imagery, this is not the movie for you. You have been warned!
* Note: Beware!! I did not intentionally mention SPOILERS, but there may be some mentioned by accident.
My love and respect for Christopher Nolan’s trilogy had me on high alert when plans for this movie surfaced. I was upset and nervous about a new Batman because he is the man, the hero of all heroes in my eyes. Christian Bale killed it as the “Dark Knight.” Even though Ben Affleck is a fantastic actor, I was nervous because I HATE change. I should have known better than to doubt. The movie pulled me in with a Hulk-like grasp and didn’t let go until the closing credits (sorry for the Marvel reference). The visuals were well done; they created a believable environment of equal parts gloom and chaos, appropriate for this particular story. The acting confirmed smart casting choices. Each time a familiar face appeared onscreen, I was overwhelmed by childlike excitement. I’m still iffy on “The Flash.” I love the character but don’t know much about actor Ezra Miller, and the suit could easily become cheesy. I am trying to keep an open mind until I see him in a full scene/movie. Director Zack Snyder deserves acknowledgement. By default he takes any and all blame and goes down with the ship. However, he is an amazing director and does not deserve the criticism he’s receiving.
I went in with doubts and tentative expectations, and yet I have nothing substantially negative to say. Why did I enjoy it so much? I let go of my thoughts and enjoyed the movie for what it was. Was it perfect? No. A lot of content was stuffed into 151 minutes. However, DC fans have waited a long time for a live action version of the Justice League. I believe a sense of urgency drove the filmmaking process. I refuse to ruin this moment of triumph in the DC Universe. The films will only get bigger and better from here so why waste breath on complaints. Instead, let’s all enjoy the mental picture of a 22 year old woman (me) tearing up from pure, nerdy joy in the movie theater. You’re welcome. ;)
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