Batman vs. Superman 3D: Dawn of Justice

Review: Batman vs. Superman 3D: Dawn of Justice

HMJ
By HMJ
27 Mar 16

I admit I approached this movie with some trepidation. D.C's movie adaptation of comic book characters has been somewhat erratic. Reading of Chris Nolan's involvement was encouraging but still. . . What a relief! Oh how I enjoyed myself! The action sequences were spectacular, contained plot development - not many movies manage that trick - and made excellent use of 3D. The climactic battle hit all the right notes. If you like action movies, you'll be well pleased. Henry Cavil did a fine job as Clarke Kent and Superman. Managing to convey the playfulness he only allows himself in the Clark disguise while giving us an intense Superman of tremendous power troubled by doubts about his place in this world. Holly Hunter, Diane Lane and Amy Adams provided the differing voices of the world around him. With Kevin Costner provided a very nice touch as Jonathan Kent, providing yet another guiding perspective. Ben Affleck laid all doubts to rest as he hit the ball out of the park as an middle aged, embittered Bruce Wayne just ripe for manipulation by Lex Luthor -played brilliantly by Jesse Eisenberg as a giggly, manic villain just barely holding himself together. Jeremy Iron's assured performance as Alfred, more mechanic than butler will be familiar to comic book readers an a new spin for movie goers. Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman was a breath of fresh air. I feared she was too slightly built to play a credible Amazon but she was just right. That almost child like face combined with a lightly humorous and confident sexuality gave us a brand new Diana Prince. When she dropped her disguise and waded into battle with gusto, we got to see a new and wonderful super heroine. Zack Snyder did a fine job of re-capping and splicing in bits from Batman and Superman's back story. Enough for context and character development without being repetitive. I think it was wise not to do Wonder Woman's back story here. She works well as a mysterious figure Given that a movie can't be twelve hours long it makes sense to have the other Justice Leaguers only briefly introduced. Plenty of time for other movies to develop those characters.
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Batman vs. Superman 3D: Dawn of Justice

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