Posted by: greercn | April 3, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Very young men love this. It features a lot of the gloomy images of video games and follows those plot patterns.

Even older gamers will probably delight in a battle between superheroes that features 3D out of the darkest rain storm you ever got stuck in.

I found it plodding and heavy and checked my watch every few of the seemingly interminable two hours and 31 minutes. I’d take off the 3D glasses at times, but it was just as dark and gloomy and it became fuzzy. So I put the glasses back on. I made that last a few minutes, just to provide myself with some amusement.

Meanwhile, the men between 18 and 29 were all sporting over-awed and joyful expressions. Same movie but they had very different reactions.

Maybe if I liked Zack Snyder better, I’d have felt more love? Perhaps if I had enjoyed “Man of Steel” more, this would have been enjoyable?

A lot of terrific actors have great moments. Amy Adams is a super Lois Lane and Diane Lane is a fabulous Martha Kent. Ben Affleck is utterly wonderful and brooding as Batman and as Bruce Wayne. Henry Cavill is a convincingly American Superman and Clark Kent.

Gal Gadot steals every scene she is in, as Wonder Woman. But there is very little of her, here.

Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Laurence Fishburne and Holly Hunter seem to have wandered in from another and much better film.

But the guys at the Stratford East Picturehouse all utterly loved it. They were practically drooling popcorn during the action scenes. Watching them was a great deal more entertaining than watching the screen.

There may be sequels. I will skip them. How do you know if you will enjoy this? Are you male? Are you young or just plain immature.

Go see it. You’ll enjoy the huge amount spent on special effects. I just wish a few more writers had been employed in making the plot and script truly engaging.

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