The best time to watch any major new release is at the point you begin to sense that the hype or criticism is starting to peter out. The next best time and, at the same time, absolutely worst time to do so is right after its release.
Going by the former has been a good choice for me, otherwise I would have found something wrong with “Deadpool” and absolutely hated “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”.
Finally saw the latter after two weeks of observing and enduring outrage and trolling of the precursor to what hopefully will be a knockout set of “Justice League” movies. My only solace was ‘Batman Begins was the boredom, but it was the forerunner for an epic and a very good conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy’.
Thus, having in mind that this could not be as bad (which is relative) as “Batman Begins” and contracting self-induced amnesia of “Man of Steel” (seriously DC? Buck up), I settled down to see the “Batman v. Superman”
I was laughing half an hour into the movie, as it began to dawn (last time I use that word) on me why it was getting much criticism and making Ben Affleck sadly ponder why humanity can be so cruel at all the hard work he put into filling Christian Bale’s shoes.
Indeed we could have done without a lot of the back story. Anyone in the comic world who does not know how Bruce’s parents died and the anguish it caused him like Messi knows the back of the net is pretty much non-existent.
Still, we had to see it all over again but, unlike in “Batman Begins” where we did so for longer, about 40 minutes this time around deserves less stick and maybe, just maybe, we all overreacted about the overall quality of the movie.
And that brings to mind the Studios’ reactive nature when it comes to churning reboots. Makes necessary bits of the plot become stale and I feel that’s what happened with the first hour of BvS.
And for the ones who religiously follow the comics, seeing a mixed up or tweaked or entirely new plot in the big screen adaptations makes for an irksome experience. Which may explain why Batman and Superman, Spiderman (besides, it’s a new fella playing the role in “Captain America: Civil War”), Hulk and Wolverine have received scathing reviews at some point.
Maybe reviews would have been kinder if a chunk of the back story for BvS was replaced with Batman’s peculiar conversations with the good people of Lexcorp, on his way to stealing the Kryptonite in Luthor’s possession.
Here’s the thing then, for a regular movie buff, BvS will be an eight if it skipped right to the point the title heroes confronted each other … the actual confrontation that is, not the short but savoury verbal bout much earlier.
For a level-headed buff however, “Batman v. Superman: Daw … ” is a very good work of popular fiction. Not “The Dark Knight” epic, but nicely done to build up to the crescendo which saw Wonder Woman and Doomsday become involved. Not forgetting the government’s nuclear contribution either.
The best bit of this movie for me, is how (as) believable (as humanly possible) Batman’s confrontation with Superman as well as Doomsday (yep!) was made. And how did Affleck do as Batman? Not bad to be honest, but not nearly as elegant as you-know-who. Then again, Affleck is portraying an older (and less indifferent but still dark) Batman, so.
Another bit I enjoyed is the dialogue. Yes, bits of it were stretched, otherwise it is good enough to not doze off on. Bruce Wayne and Alfred delivered yet again, while Lex Luthor was a pleasure as well.
In the end, the entire package is not as bad as it has been made to be. Note I said entire package, because if one separates the movie into autonomous sections, there will definitely be just one everyone will gladly watch and discard the rest for. Maybe one other section, just because humans are more tolerant than they get credit for.