Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice movie review – Science, faith or fairy tale, nothing can rescue this one

Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice review - Supermen may need a bit of it all, but science, faith or fairy tale, nothing can rescue this one.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shalini Langer | New Delhi | Updated: March 27, 2016 5:23 pm
Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice movie review, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice review, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice movie review – Cavill and Affleck, who sports grey sideburns to show an aged Batman, have little to do but grimace, straighten their shoulders and fight.

Now it is officially the season of the mother. Two supermen clash in a $250 million fight, and the only hero is a woman in grey hair intermittently doing laundry and looking worried.

You may cry for Diane Lane, but doing laundry may be about the only sane thing anyone does in this 153-minute mess where the most well-defined thing is Cavill’s chin cleft. Naah, Affleck’s lips are no competition.

Cavill, of course, is Superman, Affleck Batman. Stringing them along is Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg, who has his own defining body part – his unkempt hair. There may have been an idea there to pit a Silicon Valley-like boy genius in tees against bulky men in tights, but Eisenberg hams his Zuckerbeg into this crazed incomprehensible figure with nervous tics and mumbled words that is a lifetime away from The Social Network.

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However, having a villain without any charisma or appeal is not the biggest problem with Dawn of Justice — that would be the reason Batman and Superman are fighting. A lot of words are thrown about, of “humans playing gods”, of “democracy being about conversation”, of “consent of the governed”, of “being all powerful means you can’t be all good” etc, etc. All of which logically should see Superman and Batman on the same side of the fence. The reason they decide that the other one is wrong is absolutely unclear, except for the fact that it gives a sexy title to this film. The way it gets all resolved is even funnier.

Another actor of note plodding away against his better self is Jeremy Irons, as Alfred. Replacing one Englishman for another turns out to be not the answer as Irons doesn’t have the wry self-humour or warmth required of that father figure to Batman. Irons is a hardened cynic, and you have other thoughts — none of them charitable — when he wonders whether Batman will ever have children.

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The only profession of note is journalism, as practised by Lois Lane (Adams) who, in the course of it, keeps needing Superman to rescue her. Much in the nature of Snyder’s other rushed, half-confused ideas, we constantly return to her paper, The Daily Planet, only to hear the editor say the newspaper business is worth nothing.

Holly Hunter is a Senator who hangs around in hair even worse than Luthor, chairing hearings that summon Superman to account for, among other things, his acts in a village in Africa. It’s a wonder he understands — though the frown on Cavill’s forehead is as constant a cleft as on his chin — given how Hunter literally clenches her teeth while speaking.

It is clearer what the $250 million have been spent on. Hardly a scene passes than something not blow up, fall apart or gets shot down, even in dreams. Gal Gadot gets introduced as Wonder Woman while we get glimpses of other creatures in DC Comics’ world who are set to populate the screen in the coming years, in a universe presumably parallel to Marvel’s Avengers.

Before the end, just when you think it is all about to get over, another monster surfaces as Luthor messes about with genetics and a giant amniotic sac inside a kryptonite ship. Kryptonite, in fact, isn’t as rare as it used to be, almost everyone has a piece of it.

Cavill and Affleck, who sports grey sideburns to show an aged Batman, have little to do but grimace, straighten their shoulders and fight. Both get to appear shirtless, and while Affleck wins that one, pack for pack, at least Cavill is poaching eggs for Lane at the time. Batman has only giant computer screens for company, where he keeps searching for Russians and ‘White Portuguese’. And falling asleep very often, to dream some crazy dreams. Alfred doesn’t seem to notice this new predilection.

To shore up its man vs god ideas, the film falls back on a giant statue of Superman that takes off from Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, and lines up real-life scientists and commentators such as Neil degrasse Tyson and Andrew Sullivan. Alice in Wonderland gets referenced, as does The Wizard of Oz, in the strangest of ways.

Supermen may need a bit of it all, but science, faith or fairy tale, nothing can rescue this one.

Directed by Zack Snyder

Star Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Diane Lane

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    Anurag
    Mar 25, 2016 at 6:12 am
    This movie is awesome.... I think critics need to watch it rather judge it....
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      Abin
      Mar 25, 2016 at 8:30 am
      It's So sad how you guys distroying a movie .These news paper critics talk like this movie is disaster . Please don't compare with batman ( Nolan ) movies ..batman in men of steel is a difrent world .and I think snider done an amazing job ,superman caused the rise of batman .how else a story plot can develop better than this ..please don't wast time for reading this " Indian express " review Go and watch by urself in a good theatre ..
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        Ethan Christopher
        Mar 25, 2016 at 4:11 am
        This is the most clueless review i have ever read!!
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          Chris
          Mar 25, 2016 at 3:05 pm
          Tom is such a hater lmaooo
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            Mrs and
            Mar 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm
            My husband and I saw Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice at the sneak premiere Thursday night and we both loved it. They could have written Les Luthor better by but in our opinions that was the only thing that could have been done better.
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              Sankalp dubey
              Mar 25, 2016 at 9:20 am
              First of all,this review is extremely inaccurate. One needs loads of exceptional talent to give such a good movie, this kind of a review. True comic book lovers(for whom this movie is actually made) will thoroughly understand and love this movie. Readers, instead of wasting your time reading this inaccurate review, go watch the movie in a good theater.
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                John in
                Mar 25, 2016 at 8:51 pm
                Hans Zimmer's score is just as wretched as the rest of this movie!
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                  Junaid
                  Mar 26, 2016 at 9:20 am
                  Indian Express. You belong to Karan Johar and Sajid Khan cl of movies. I guess your editor is more worried about the 250 million spent than the story itself. Think twice before panning such movies. Anyways it won't take Indian media anything to have a om go over things. Bloody Prosute's!
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                    Ken
                    Mar 25, 2016 at 1:43 pm
                    This is a complain not a movie review
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                      Mohit Shrivastava
                      Mar 25, 2016 at 6:56 am
                      Crazy dreams??? U though it was crazy? .. That is the one of the main plot points of movie... N according to you.. The men with the red helmet in dream.. Is also crazy... This one line frm your review.. Makes us believe.. That u didn't understand a single thing in the movie...
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                        Nitin
                        Mar 25, 2016 at 9:18 pm
                        Hahaha haha.. You are a critic? This is the latest post I read for the day. I have a message for "The Indian Express" please hire someone better .
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                          Romik
                          Mar 25, 2016 at 11:52 am
                          Alex Luther was the best actor ( he did copy SHah Rukh's style though!---good copy Jesse please thank him)
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                            Rahulkumarsharma
                            Mar 26, 2016 at 8:56 am
                            I think Indian express don't have status(aukat) to review such a movie
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                              John
                              Mar 26, 2016 at 10:06 am
                              The Indian Express has no clue. The movie was awesome. I went to the movies expecting to be dissapointed but instead I was amazed how complete and satisfying this movie was.
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                                Superman
                                Mar 25, 2016 at 10:17 am
                                Dear Mr. Editor, How did you let this article get published btw? Any 10th grader would know that its le is completely misleading and is full of irrelevant information. And it shows in top results of Google. Lol, I can imagine ToI writing an article pretty soon "The Indian Express - 1.5 star Bulletin". Save your self from such negative advertising and please give it a sane thought before publishing anything like this.
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                                  Superman
                                  Mar 25, 2016 at 10:09 am
                                  Its by far the best DC comic movie ever made! Not criticiZing your opinion on the movie, but your article has not a single piece of info or fact supporting your 1.5 star review (Good Journalism is dead)! The story sticks to the corresponding comic edition (if you ever read one, you would know). Unless you are comparing this with Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy (which was an independent series, out of comic line but really well done), there is no apparent reason to dismiss this movie. Or state your opinion as why you think movie sucks. Everyone knows its a $250 mill movie and there is batman, superman fighting with each other and the Wonder Woman who saves Gotham from the decripit Kryptonion eny. Is that why its a 1.5 star, were you expecting Unicorns and Parrots? You just lost a reader.
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                                    Raghav
                                    Mar 26, 2016 at 4:11 am
                                    Please hire someone better for review. You guys don't have any knowledge about reviews. Review seems more political than for a movie. :P
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                                      Jesse
                                      Mar 26, 2016 at 10:25 pm
                                      I disagree with this entirely. Though the first half of the film was a bit fragmented, this was much better than any Marvel movie to date. Maybe Winter Soldier could stand up to this as a serious film... Maybe. 4/5 stars imo.
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                                        Trent
                                        Mar 28, 2016 at 1:04 am
                                        Sadly it was disappointing. Everyone knows the back story of batman, so why do it again. Led Luther was even worse. The movie wasn't worth while until wonder woman showed up to fight. You had batman,superman, and wonder woman and basically did nothing with them. Hopefully Snyder doesn't direct anymore DC movies.
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                                          Better than
                                          Mar 25, 2016 at 6:53 am
                                          You just ruined a clic by giving your review
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                                            Kushal
                                            Mar 25, 2016 at 11:50 am
                                            Btw the " another monster" that you're referring to, has a name. It's called Doomsday!
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