BvS: Dawn of Martha
So this movie is one of the most critically divided films. But let me just say one thing. I hate Rotten Tomatoes. Although I understand the criticisms of the films but I think most of it has to do with the fight, or the yapping that culminates in the two heroes realizing that both their Mom’s names are Martha. But in all fairness, I believe that the film wasn’t about the fight as implied by the title and the thing that is most subject to criticism by critics. The title was misleading but I honestly thought that the movie was solid and that the movie should much rather be called Man of Steel 2: Journey to Gotham (I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU SAY ZACK SNYDER, THIS IS MoS 2!), or The Not Batman Origin Story of a new trilogy, or The Batman Prequel, or the Superman Movie with Batman having more lines that Superman, you get the gist. Critics were too harsh, fans were (mostly) happy. One thing that I am certain of is that this movie was geared towards DC Fans and is not an universal film and I like that. In this pseudo-review I will be talking about my thoughts as well as talking about where the critics had gone wrong.
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“The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world. God versus man. Day versus night! Son of Crypton versus Bat of Gotham!”
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This movie had done something right. It was Bruce Wayne. Ben Affleck is the definitive Bruce Wayne, as well as Batman. His inner struggles are shown and you sometimes sympathize with him. Speaking about Batman, Jeremy Irons also takes on the role of Bruce’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth. He shines in this role, acting like Bruce’s mentor and second father. One minor problem is that in real life, Jeremy Irons is only around 20 years older than Ben Affleck, so when Bruce’s parents died, he would’ve been in his late 20’s-early 30’s. Diane Lane also leads in her role as Martha Kent, who has a somewhat weird involvement in the titular 5 minute Batman v Superman fight for justice, or bickering or argueing, but hey lets not argue. Perry White, while only having like 5 minutes is amazing. I know he wasn’t that important to the plot, it was nice and sombre to see Perry White flick through the newspaper to see the article on Clark’s death.
And then there was Lois. I hate Amy Adams. I really hate her. Ever since she appeared in a single episode of Smallville. Nothing else.
Enough about the characters. Let’s talk about the thing that critics focused on the most. The plot, which I quite liked. But the thing that critics criticized the most was the 2 minute fight of the movie. I have to come back to what I said at the beginning and say that the fight, though it’s in the title, was not, in my opinion at least, the main plot. Look I know the movie is called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Martha, that doesn’t mean that they will fight for Martha, does it? And as much as they both want to achieve Martha, they can’t and that is the main focus. Actions are justified differently by others Look at Superman killing Zod. That was against his moral code, yet he did it to save humanity. Now while he was killing Zod, one of Bruce’s buildings was destroyed, killing Jack O’ Dwyer. Superman would say that he was sorry for doing it. Batman would kill him and the government would take it as collateral damage. With Superman having all these powers, I am not surprised that anyone would be scared to let him be the country’s savior.
And now Lex Luthor, some hated Eisenberg’s portrayal, some liked it. I personally liked it. It was nice seeing a new portrayal of the iconic character. And if you even try to question his age, may I remind you that Michael Rosenbaum was only 29 when he started playing Lex. He was sinister, yet could easily crack a joke and had a normal sense of humour. Jesse Eisenberg is just like that, just more funny and silly that Rosenbaum. The biggest surprise of the movie, was probably how good Gal Gadot was as Wonder Woman. In every scene she was in, no matter how small, she dominated in it. Like wow! And Hans Zimmer had yet another great score. It’s sad to see him go, but nice to see the legacy that he has left behind. Good luck Junkie XL.
So the movie was great and really was as dark as DC said it would be. Yes it was annoyingly long at times and there were various plot holes. But that would probably be fixed in the Director’s Cut, hopefully Batgirl will make the film perfect. One request though. Remove Zack Snyder. He is a great director, but his powers are starting to wean. So remove him. With that aside, I give this movie a rating of: