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
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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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