Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

A perfect stepping stone for the DCEU and the Justice League. Sofistication and popcorn action in a perfect mix.

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There is so much i wanna say about this movie, but i am going to be as spoiler-free as possible for my readers sake who hasn’t seen the movie. With that out of the way:

I would put Batman v Superman in terms of sheer epicness, anticipation and comicbookness on the same level as The Avengers and The Dark Knight. There are not many comicbookmovies that will match “BvS”in terms of sofistication, screenwriting and acting, the only one i can think of is Watchmen.

The writing in Batman v Superman really stepped up its game since Man of Steel (which i absolutely love) and Chris Terrio really shows of his talent as a screenwriter – the nerve is there, the tention between Clark and Bruce and he managed to produce some great stuff for Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor who in my book stole the show together with Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot.

The story of Man of Steel flows very well into Batman v Superman where the human population is split about how to procieve Superman after the destruction in Metropolis when Superman fought against General Zod – Is he a threat or a savior? Henry Cavill plays the part of a conflicted Superman perfectly and does it much better than in Man of Steel. He conveys so many emotions and we can truly see his struggle with the fact that the human race doesn’t trust him.

While Jesse Eisenberg might have been a controversial casting for Lex Luthor at the time when the movie was in development, that doesn’t compare to the enormous backlash from “fans” that Ben Affleck got when he was cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne. And let me tell you this: Ben Affleck is the best on-screen Batman. Ever. He embodies every single thing that makes Batman and Bruce Wayne so compelling, he got the Bruce Wayne persona perfectly, he fights like in the comicbooks/animation/Arkham-games and he his grumpy, angry, brutal and cynical just like Batman is supposed to be portrayed. All cred to Christian Bale but he pales in comparison.

I must also talk about Gal Gadot and her portrayal of Wonder Woman and i shit you not, the entire theater was applauding and sheering when she made her entrance, it was 100% fangasmic. She will define this role just like Christopher Reeve did with his portrayal of Superman. My hype for her own standalone movie slated for release next year just skyrocketed.

There are several easter-eggs and cameos in the movie that hints toward the Justice League without it being forced and i really liked that and it didn’t make the movie feel crowded like many feared it to be. The soundtrack is amazing but i must say that the sound in some instances was to loud but overall a fantastic soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Mad Max-composer Junkie XL. I did see it in IMAX-3D it was packed with fans and other moviegoers.

So my closing thougts.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is everything i wanted it to be and it delivered on every level – Superb acting from the entire cast, great VFX and sound design plus it’s pure fanservice which i don’t mind.

I will give it 4,8 of 5! 

Go and see it – NOW!

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//Markus Mattila

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Review: Man of Steel (2013)

What is there to say abut his movie that haven’t been said? Man of Steel to me is a Superman-movie done right. I did enjoy Superman Returns from 2006 but it lacked something that made it less enjoyable than it could have been. Bryan Singer tried to hard to replicate the spirit and feeling from Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) and it confused many moviegoers – was it a reboot or was it a continuation of Superman II (no i don’t count the third and the fourth movie)?

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Man of Steel avoided this thanks to it being a complete reboot to the Superman franchise just like Batman Begins was a reboot of the Batman franchise as a reaction to the disaster called Batman & Robin (1997).

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Man of Steel is a wonderful retelling of Superman’s origin and it also expands the lore and ecology of planet Krypton where the movie takes place the first 15 minutes, and we also get a much younger Kent-couple than in the original Donner-films. The screenwriters where very smart when they constructed the narrative around Superman’s upbringing in Smallville by using flashbacks like in Batman Begins instead of linear storytelling. A more time efficient way to tell origin stories.

The acting in is top-notch and i think Henry Cavill really embodies the spirit of Superman which are very true to the comics and he also have the body for the character. He buffed up a lot for his role. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon – everybody brought their A-game.

The SFX and soundtrack where simply spectacular and i was blown away with all the fights (Finally we got a Superman than can throw a punch!) and the overall look to this movie, you can tell it’s a Zack Snyder movie with some hints of Christopher Nolan (Who was an executive producer). The soundtrack of this was fantastic, i think Hans Zimmer have outdone himself with this soundtrack. I have played it on repeat the last 2 years and it still holds up. Fantastic scoring by Hans Zimmer!

With all the praising done i should now talk about some downsides to this movie and there are some minor gripes that i have to address: Some of the fights can be very drawn out and it sometimes feels that the movie is ending but quickly transitions to a fight scene. That’s really my only negatives about the movie.

I really think that Man of Steel is a fantastic movie in it’s own right and shouldn’t be compared to Superman II all the time.

Man of Steel is one of the greatest superhero-flicks to date. One you shouldn’t miss out on and it’s a great starting point for the DC Cinematic Universe.

//Markus Mattila

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