Critics brutally took down ‘Batman v Superman’ — here are the problems they had with it
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about going to the movies, its never trust the movie critics. There will always be different opinions out there. I’ve seen movies that got 98% ratings and thought they were some of the worst movies out there. “Hate us cause they ain’t us” Great quote if you haven’t seen the movie.
By Business Insider – Though “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will most likely make a lot of money this weekend at the box office (projections of about $160 million), most critics didn’t enjoy the 2-1/2-hour battle between Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill).
A big reason for that? A lot of the movie doesn’t deliver on what the title promises. But there are also a lot of other issues.
With a rating of only 30% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, this was not how the film’s studio, Warner Bros., was hoping to launch one of its biggest movies of the year, which will be followed by other franchise entries from DC Comics.
So before you throw down your money on the movie this weekend, let us tell you the problems that critics had with it.
The movie finds no joy in itself.
Taking a page from the “Dark Knight” franchise, director Zack Snyder attempts to make a movie that is very, very serious. And critics didn’t buy it.
“There’s zero humor or self-deprecation, as there was in Joss Whedon’s pitch-perfect ‘The Avengers’; no performance of unlikely depth, like the one Heath Ledger pulled off in ‘The Dark Knight’; and no animating spirit of decency, a trait Christopher Reeve’s Superman had in spades,” Time Out New York writes.
And Indiewire points out a major disappointment of our expectations: “It takes roughly 90 minutes for ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ to justify its title, and another 30 to establish it’s a red herring.”
The Hollywood Reporter questions any collaboration between the two comic-book characters going forward: “It’s hard to say what ought to happen between Batman and Superman in the future, even, indeed, if they actually should share the screen again.”
This version of Superman isn’t likable.
“I would have given anything to watch Clark Kent open up his shirt, to reveal that big ‘S,’ then go off to save the day as the music swells. But this Superman isn’t that Superman,”Uproxx writes.
The New York Post believes, “Cavill is stuck with a character who spends far too much time reacting to others, whether it’s to Batman’s taunts or the romantic overtures of Lois Lane (Amy Adams).”
Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune thinks Cavill is “as narcissistic a Superman as you’ll ever see.”
Director Zack Snyder is more interested in blowing things up than telling a story.
The direction by Snyder, responsible for previous comic book adaptations like “300” and “The Watchmen,” is getting a lot of the blowback. Many critics felt he was too focused on the visuals in “Batman v Superman.”
“Although director Zack Snyder is a great visualist, all he has here is pretty pictures and giant (and confusing) action sequences,” NJ.com said.
“Snyder is not without skills, or ideas,” the Chicago Tribune writes, “but when a critic finds himself at odds with almost every aspect of a director’s visual approach to material like this, material like this becomes pretty joyless.”
The movie is frustratingly confusing and doesn’t go anywhere.
Though critics universally praise the performance by Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and many believe Affleck does a good job as Batman, something about the film’s length and lack of a coherent plot led to the vicious reviews.
“There’s a lot that’s dumb in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ but the dumbest thing is right there in the title,” The Guardian wrote. “I couldn’t really figure out why these two guys were fighting. The film spends time setting up Superman as an unwanted alien … but I feel that if anyone is going to understand the nuances of being a superhero, it would be Bruce Wayne.”
“The film is too long by half and yet it never finds time to do any character work, focusing instead on relentlessly moving forward its over-complicated, unmotivated plot,” Birth Movies Death said.
And The New York Times believes “Batman v Superman” sums up the whole problem with superhero movies: “The corporations that produce movies like this one, and the ambitious hacks who sign up to make them, have no evident motive beyond their own aggrandizement. Entertainment is less the goal than the byproduct, and as the commercial reach of superpower franchises grows, their creative exhaustion becomes ever more apparent.”
Source: Business Insider