I’ll try to stay relatively spoiler free, but read at your own risk.
I know that he critics have been slagging this movie without mercy and believe me it does have its flaws without a doubt. But I did find it enjoyable if tedious.
This movie picks up where Man of Steel left off in a battle royal between Superman and Zod that leaves Metropolis in ruins. Thousands die, and one Bruce Wayne is severely pissed off. Having witnessed the destruction of his metropolis office tower and collateral damage along with most of downtown.
He vows to eradicate the menace that the Kryptonian poses to all of humanity.
Enter a very unlike Lex Luthor Jessie Eisenberg, blond flowing locks, and hardly a hint of menace. Naturally Luthor plays the eternal foil, and is driving things behind the scenes. Cue the betrayals, the inevitable kidnapping of Lois Lane and some Singing in the Rain ultra-violence. More of Gotham and Metropolis are destroyed and I’m sorry to say to those of the female persuasion Superman gets his ass handed to him again, and again, and yet again.
It was almost comical to see Kal-El puff his chest out turn his eyes red with rage and then fight like the cub scout he really is and fail in tactical thinking or even rational thought. I hate to say it but it was like watching Batman and Lex Luthor playing Lucy to Superman’s Charlie Brown. Yanking out that football from out of his ever trusting toes.
In the movie they keep referring to Superman as a God on earth, yet he is soundly fucked up by both friend and enemy alike.
But my real sticking points lay in cinematography, in 3D much of the action is so close up and fast it’s impossible to follow. Pull out, give us some wide-angle shots. I don’t need to see every pore on every face, or bead of sweat. When the action is fast and furious I found myself guessing as to what happened.
Also the dream sequence mid first act unless the viewer knows a great deal about the powers of yet to be properly introduced concepts and characters is just in my opinion a waste of time and the audiences patience. It served no measurable purpose to me at least.
The first act jumps willy nilly from location to location, and the final sequences drag on like a plantation scene of Apocalypse Now. On, and on and on.
Having said that though the Wonder Woman scenes were succinct and interesting. Watching the demigod Amazon in action was one of the highlights in my viewing experience.
All in all I would agree with others that this is a hot mess of jumbled celluloid, but it is big dumb popcorn movie fun. Expecially if you’ve always wanted to see Batman kick Superman’s spandex ass into the ground.
MY RATING: 6.5 out of 10