Verdict: A superhero extravaganza with moments of reality.
First things first: You don’t need to know the ins and outs of the DC Universe to enjoy this film. Zack Snyder has made sure of this. Whether you’re a hard-core DC fan or just someone looking to catch a good action film, you’ll find this story equally easy to follow. Which is great because Batman v Superman delivers the three things any action buff is looking for when they go for a superhero movie- edgy fight scenes, mind-bending special effects and epic showdowns.
Dawn of Justice picks up where Man of Steel left off- with Superman (Henry Cavill) and Zod (Michael Shannon) battling it out over Metropolis. But it doesn’t show this battle as just a fight between two superhumans (or rather aliens- which is what the film reminds us Superman is). It shows the repercussions this fight has for ordinary human beings, like those working for Wayne Financial. While the two Kryptonians battle it out in the sky, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) bleeds for the people in his company, dead because their building was destroyed in the fight. As Bruce rescues a little girl whose mother was in a burning building, the human impact of these epic battles comes home. This is one of many ‘real’ moments in the film, that make you feel something other than adrenaline rushing through your veins.
The film does not spend too much time establishing the reason for the eponymous Batman v Superman rivalry. Batman aka Bruce Wayne obviously feels that Superman is going about playing ‘hero’ without considering the consequences (like the orphaned little girl). Superman aka Clark Kent wonders ‘Who is Batman to take justice into his own hands?’ The justification for their rivalry is obviously not rock-solid, but the fight sequences that follow make up for it.
Action is the film’s real strength, and in this department, Zack Snyder has pulled out all stops. Every time Batman and Superman come up against each other, there is palpable tension, not just on screen but in the audience as well. Will the best of human technology be able to beat brute alien strength? Will the Bat of Gotham triumph against the Son of Krypton? You really should see for yourself!
The story is not airtight, nor the screenplay gripping- something we had gotten used to with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films. But then to call Nolan’s films ‘superhero’ films would be to do them and him a grave injustice.
This, however, is a superhero film and delivers everything you expect from one. The heroes are muscular and almost invincible, the special effects are larger-than-life, and the action will keep your blood pumping till the very last minute. There are no performances here that will suck you into the universe, but the potent mix of drama, action and reality is heady enough to make it worth a watch.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
For thrilling fight scenes that will keep your adrenaline tap on. For the moments of reality in a ‘super’ universe. For Jesse Eisenberg’s convincing performance as a man (Lex Luthor) at the precipice of madness. To witness the Dawn of Justice and a new spate of extravagant, action-driven movies.