Is Batman v Superman deserving of the bad reviews?

This post is definitely going to contain a number of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie, please don’t read beyond this point. If you’ve seen the film or don’t care about spoilers, then who am I to stop you?

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I do a pretty damn good job of staying under the radar when it comes to spoilers. So I really hadn’t seen/heard/read any reviews of Batman v Superman prior to seeing it myself.

Here’s the thing right: Overall, I liked Batman v Superman a lot. There were parts were I thought they nailed it and also some weak parts that stopped this movie from being outstanding to me (see yesterdays post with my thoughts).

I feel like in a world where everyone has to love or hate something, in this situation, I feel like for the first time in a long time, I couldn’t say either. I enjoyed it but didn’t love or hate it.

Yet despite knowing how I felt about Batman v Superman, I was still shocked to hear how many negative reviews that people were giving Batman v Superman. Not shocked that some people hated it, but more shocked at the volume in which it was getting canned.

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Take a look at those numbers! So far BvS has proven to be rating pretty badly amongst critics on the website Rotten Tomatoes.. the critics are taking this movie to film school and putting it through the ringer. General audiences, (the public) are still giving it 73% which is still somewhat decent, and also where I fall in the spectrum.

Here are just some of the comments from journalist critics… I apologise now for the obnoxious dribble that you’re about to read..

Here is Tim Grierson, writing for the New Republic:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a joyless slog. Filled with scenes of gloomy characters confronting their demons or wrestling with their insipid moral quandaries, it’s not a superhero movie so much as it is an excruciating therapy session in which there are occasionally huge explosions and guys in capes.

“Humorless” too, says the AV Club:

Directed by Zack Snyder, of faithfully butchered Watchmen fame, Batman V Superman takes a title fight kids of all ages have been speculating about for decades—costumed titan from the cosmos, meet costumed vigilante from the city—and invests it with all the fun of a protracted custody battle.

Slate wasn’t too kind, either:

It is worse than the widely detested Joel Schumacher Batman films, including the one with bat nipples. It is probably worse than the never-filmed Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage would have been. If Christopher Reeve is spinning in his grave right now, it’s not because Snyder’s film so egregiously ignores what might make a Superman film special (though it does!) but because the throbbing Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL score is loud enough to rattle a buried corpse. I’m a lifelong comic-book reader who is generally sympathetic to comic-book movies and even liked Man of Steel. Batman v Superman made me want to yell at the Justice League to get off my lawn.

Reviewers also agree that the plot was a complete mess. Here’s Vulture, which did not mince words, calling the movie “godawful”:

It’s a shame that Batman v Superman is also a storytelling disgrace. It has maybe six opening scenes and jumps so incessantly from subplot to subplot that a script doctor would diagnose a peculiarly modern infection: “disjunctivitis.”

Us Weekly:

Though hyped for more than a year as a Clash of the Titans epic, the final product is 151 minutes of gloom and doom. Not only is it the anti-Deadpool, it takes itself more seriously than a Best Picture Oscar winner.

Many reviewers agree that Jesse Eisenberg was overacting to an uncomfortable degree. Here’s Deadspin:

Oof, Lex Luthor is a drag. Jesse Eisenberg preens and over-enunciates and waxes crazily pedantic, like no one told him he’s not in a Sorkin movie anymore; his method of conveying Brilliant Insanity is to make as though he just ingested touring funk band quantities of cocaine. It is discomfiting and unpleasant.

Entertainment Weekly says this one is so bad it’s probably worth a do-over:

It’s another numbing smash-and-bash orgy of CGI mayhem with an ending that leaves the door open wide enough to justify the next 10 instalments. Is it too late to demand a rematch?

Are you there? Still with me? I’m sorry you had to see that, but I mean… wow right? Are some of these reviews just a case of people drinking the haterade or are they fair?

My opinion alone is that these comments are completely unfair. Look, I get it… BvS is not going to sweep up all of the awards at the next red carpet event, but what happened to being fair and balanced?

Critics are not fans though, and I’m keen to see what fans didn’t like about the movie.

I thought I’d go through some of the main points that fans are talking about and say whether I thought they were fair or unfair criticisms.

  • The fight scene between Batman and Superman was only 8 minutes.
    This one confuses me, because I wonder what people expected? This was never going to be a three hour battle between Batman and Superman. Not only would that get incredibly old quickly, but there’s a storyline that needs to be set up in order for us to know why they have beef in the first place at the very least. I can’t say that this is a valid reason to dislike the movie, I’d say your expectations were maybe off kilter. Verdict: Unfair
  • Batman kills a whole lot of people in this movie, it destroys Batman’s entire character. Batman doesn’t kill.
    This was the main one that had a lot of people’s knickers in a twist. On the surface, I get it. I understand. But I disagree. I think it’s been widely acknowledged that this Batman is based on Frank Miller’s adaptation of Batman as shown in The Dark Knight Returns. Which for those of you who don’t read comics, or haven’t read this one – Batman is one dark son of a bitch in this comic. He is absolutely the type of guy who kills. One of the scenes in Batman v Superman where Batman takes a gun of a guy and uses it to shoot him was ripped straight out of the pages of The Dark Knight Returns (below). So do I think this comment is fair? Not really. Verdict: Unfair.ibelieveyou1
  • There is too much that they’re trying to cram into the movie.
    I agree with this point… no arguments from me on this, it was one of the things that took away from taking this movie from being very good to outstanding in my eyes. They spent a lot of time setting up the next movies. Verdict: Fair

  • Gal Gadot looks as though she’s 93 pounds, even in costume she still lacked the build of Wonder Woman.
    Really? I can’t agree with this one at all. I absolutely had those reservations and worries about Gal Gadot when it was first announced, but any worries I had, went away when the promo image came out and they were completely quashed when I saw her in action on the screen. She is captivating, beautiful, powerful and no other actress can pop into my mind as looking more like Wonder Woman to me. Especially her face… that IS Wonder Woman. I think people need to give her a break, she put on a lot of muscle for the role and I think she looked fantastic. Verdict: Unfair
  • Lex Luthor is far too over the top to the point where his antics look silly and out of place in the movie
    I can see why people aren’t liking how Lex Luthor acts in this movie, as I said in my summary yesterday they need to be careful because Lex is at this precarious point right now where he’s a bit of a loose cannon but has that dark quirkiness to him but he’s also got that ability to be seen as the love child of Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka and Jim Carey’s Riddler, which definitely would be out of place in the movie. Some people are saying he was a major reason they didn’t enjoy the movie. Personally, I wouldn’t go that far. I liked the layered aspect to his character, it was a different take and I liked it. But I get it. Verdict: Fair

I always say everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I love seeing people get passionate about the things they care about. There’s definitely some valid reasons people have bought up as to why they didn’t enjoy Batman v Superman, but from what I am hearing, there’s also a lot of people out there just being a little unfair really. But hey, you can’t make everyone happy 100% of the time!

Poor Ben Affleck was so upset to learn BvS hadn’t received the best reviews, resulting in “Sad Affleck” to go viral.

Let me know in the comments – did you think some of the criticisms of Batman v Superman were fair?

Melissa / holybatgirl

 

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