Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice review

by Marissa Nellis

While this film is not great, it’s still not nearly as bad as the critics are saying. It’s actually fairly good, if you’re able to wade through the first hour of the film.

The first hour is boring and a little weird. There’s very little action and the plot is slow-moving.

Batman/Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck, has dream sequences that get weirder and weirder as they go along and distract you from the plot.

While I had my doubts before the movie, Affleck actually surprised me and I quite enjoyed his performance. I think he’s going to play a good Batman in the films to come.

Once you make it past the first hour, however, the film picks up and the action begins. The fight scenes are well choreographed and one of the Batman fight scenes echoes the fighting style seen in the “Arkham” games. The final fight scene, while frantic at times, is epic and definitely the best of the film.

The highest point of the film is when Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, finally shows up. She’s quite absent for most of the movie, but once she’s on, she steals the scene. For me, she stole the whole movie.

At one point during the fight, she’s knocked to the ground, but she smirks and gets back up. The entire theater went wild for her; Gal Gadot proved that she is worthy of playing the super heroine.

While I am excited for “Justice League” and all of the other films DC has lined up, this film left me more excited to see “Wonder Woman.” I can’t wait to see what Gadot brings to the heroine, but if this film is any indication, she’s going to be great.

The theme music for Wonder Woman was equally as awesome and it really pumps you up. Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL, a.k.a. Tom Holkenberg, the guy that scored “Mad Max: Fury Road,” did an amazing job and knew just how to capture Wonder Woman’s power and spirit.

Sadly, Hans Zimmer has stated he’s retiring from DC films. He’s done an amazing job with this film and Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” series. Let’s just hope that the next guy can live up to what Zimmer has done.

The cameos made by the other members of the Justice League, including The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) give us a little insight into what’s to come in the DC universe. While the cameos were short, I’m curious and excited for “Justice League,” but their origin films as well.

“Batman v Superman” definitely needed some improvements, but it was a good film. I’m interested to see where the franchise goes. I think DC is going to do some pretty epic things with these heroes. Don’t let the critics deter you and just go see the movie. You won’t be disappointed.

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