Batman Vs. Superman Blu-Ray 4K (2017)

Action, Drama | 97 Min
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Batman Vs Superman

Movie Info

  • Actors: Julia Toufis
  • Release Date: 25 May, 2017
  • Genres: Action, Drama
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English

Movie Story

Film: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Director: Zack Snyder

Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Jeremy Irons.

 

Rating: ***

 

This is the Summer blockbuster. And the Summer flop. In a sense. Critically lampooned, it sits at a dire 27% on Rotten Tomatoes (a very unfair rating) but commercially it raked in nearly four times what it costs ($250M). So a financial success then. Unless DC/Warner were aiming for the $1b benchmark and beyond, which, if we are to assess all superhero franchises by these days, makes BvS a bit of a failure financially as well. You just can’t win.

 

2016 is the year of the superhero film with a conscience. Perhaps like me you have at one time or another wondered aloud or just in your head; whatever happens to all those innocents in all those vehicles and buildings that get turned upside down or torn asunder and flung far far out of screen? Much like Captain America: Civil War released the following month, Batman V Superman deals with this collateral damage.

 

Eighteen months on from Superman’s clash with General Zod (2013’s Man of Steel), the city of Metropolis is still reeling from the chaos, still trying to rebuild and heal. The loss of lives has impacted on Bruce Wayne after a building he owned, and the lives in it, were destroyed during the battle. Convinced that Superman has now become a threat to mankind, Batman sets out on a crusade of his own to banish the Kryptonian for good.

 

Batman V Superman isn’t a subtle film. It’s big and brash and hammers home its point or it’s next twist and turn with a very obvious open hand. Some of the plot is indeed silly – Lex Luthor’s inclusion here is a sore point for many – and the dialogue swings from sharp to plain stupid. On top of all this, everything about this film is dark and gloomy and oh so serious. And herein lies the first problem.

 

Yes the premise is a clever one (actually, the collateral damage storyline is one of the better storylines showcased so far in a superhero film) but my God does this film take itself seriously. Way way too seriously. And it was this dark gloomy tone, aligned with childish Lex and his Doomsday scheme, that the critics initially zoomed in on. What started promising, turned sour very quickly. Though, yes, the balance feels wrong in many scenes scattered throughout BvS, it can’t be denied. But on the other hand it now seems that apparently, by critical consensus, Marvelesque tongue-in-cheek humour is no longer optional but the requisite for superhero films.

 

The second problem lies in the second half of the film. The initial fights between Batman and Superman have to be applauded. They are superbly done; clever and stylistic while playing off one anothers strengths and weaknesses, but the Doomsday finale is a mess. Much like Michael Bay’s Transformers series, the screen becomes awash with layers of thrashing CGI. Pixels and heads and buildings and teeth are all colliding and gnashing at will. It’s impossible to like, love or simply accept any of it (though Wonder Woman’s cameo is a positive yet fleeting moment).

 

Snyder has become the M.Night.Shyamalan of action movies. Both are out of control. Both keep getting given money despite an ever increasing downward trajectory of quality output. Snyder has a vision alright, it’s dark and glossy, evil and explosive and it was close to being something truly memorable but when he actually gets to work, he gets far too giddy and loses track of himself. Everything is overdone and pushed to the maximum. The CGI is poured on and the characters and storylines increase and mesh together uncomfortably. He did it with Sucker Punch and Man of Steel and he’s done it here again. Despite my worries and protestations with Snyder however, come the end of the year we will be treated to his Justice League. Will he have learnt anything?

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Reviews ( 1 )

  • Valary Beckham 30 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    You must either love batman or love superman, what choice do you have when they both appear in a movie? Batman versus Superman is such an action filled movie that is just epic. Imagine watching batman against Superman, this is a must watch movie for all of us.

    10 / 10
  • Alice White 05 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    I agree with you Valary Beckham. This is such a great movie that almost everyone should have an opportunity of watching. I love everything about this movie.

    • Shane Croghan 05 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      A bloated, expensive misstep from DC, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is symptomatic of the woes of many modern blockbusters. Lacking any kind of character or heart, the film is rambling, incoherent and overly-reliant on special effects, in lieu of an engaging narrative.

      3 / 10
    • Kate Winterburn 06 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      This was an interesting movie, with qualities that I enjoyed, and qualities that I really didn’t care for a whole lot. I enjoyed the action sequences, I thought that both the cast and crew did an excellent job, however, I thought the story moved quite slowly, it took a while for anything to really happen.

      • C Moreira 10 / 10 / 2016 Reply

        Just another superhero movie going down. Though it doesn’t have a very bad cinematography, the storyline it’s a bit nonsensical. It loses all it could have because of the badly studied storytelling.

        5 / 10

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