‘Batman v Superman’ v coherency


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Batman (Ben Affleck) faces off against Superman (Henry Cavill). While the motivation for Batman’s hatred of Superman makes sense and is expertly explained in the beginning, Superman’s motivation makes no sense. This confusion is one of the movie’s biggest problems.

Claire Lefton, A&E Chief

I have officially had the most bizarre movie-going experience of my life. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is one of the most bafflingly executed films of all time.

This is not to say I hate the movie. There are clearly good ideas and story lines trying to escape, but they are so bogged down by unnecessary and confusing additions that they cannot bring the overall quality up.

Critic for The Atlantic Christopher Orr said, “There’s the germ of an interesting idea here… In the hands of another director…this and other moral quandaries might have been drawn out in intriguing ways.”

By far the best aspect of “Batman v Superman” is the part that made audiences most worried: Batman. Ben Affleck excelled as the most interesting character. He was just the right amount of dark and brooding while pushing himself physically in his brutal action scenes.

Senior Graham Lutes said, “The story was rather weak; extreme buildup for not much. Batman was awesome though.”

Jeremy Irons as Batman’s snide butler Alfred was also marvelous and I wish he (and Batman) were featured far more than they were. I may be in the minority, but I also enjoyed the different energy Jesse Eisenberg brought as antagonist Lex Luthor.

Technically, the movie is great as well. The cinematography is stunning and every frame looked like a beautiful baroque painting. The score was exceptional as well– the Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman themes being among the best musical arrangements.

The problem is the writing. The film may be called “Batman v Superman,” but that is a highly misleading title as the titular match lasts for maybe ten minutes and ends extremely anticlimactically.

It feels like five different movies shoved into one with intensely distracting transitions and at least five different dream sequences. The pace of these elements go too fast for any non-comic readers.

The biggest and most obvious failure of “Batman v Superman” was the poorly shoehorned introduction and setup of the Justice League and DC Cinematic Universe. It was like distracting smug advertisements for future movies within the movie itself.

On screenjunkies.com, critic Dan Murrell said, “Imagine walking into a Chinese buffet, only to find that they also serve caviar, pizza, Mediterranean food, and gelato. Now, on their own, each of these is a tasty dish. But throw them all on one plate, and you have a tasteless, mushy mess.”

I have never been so conflicted or frustrated with a movie before. I encourage anyone who wants to see it or anyone curious to see it to try to make up their own minds about it.