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Film Review: 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' Ingenuity at its Best

by Todd A. Smith

 

(Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

 

‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Genius Filmmaking 

 

 

Ingenuity is a rarity in society.


Talent is more commonplace, but pure brilliance is almost mythical like the loch ness monster.


While some legends might be mythical, other legends are alive and well.


And “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder and writers Chris Terio, David S. Goyer and others are mad geniuses to come up with the concept and to make the film visually captivating in the process.


Whether one is a Batman fan or a Superman fan, both superheroes represent society’s need for a higher power or a person to protect it from the evils and tragedies of the world.


When Bruce Wayne’s (Ben Affleck, “The Town”) parents are killed and bats attack him, he develops powers that allow him to administer vigilante justice against the low lifes of the world.


Clark Kent (Henry Cavill, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E”) is an unspectacular journalist at the Daily Planet, working alongside his sweetheart Lois Lane (Amy Adams, “The Fighter”).


However, Kent’s alter ego Superman is beloved by the residence of Metropolis and around the world for his heroism.


However, when Superman is blamed for the deaths and injuries of many innocent people in Gotham City, including some of Wayne’s employees, a rivalry begins to brew between the two “heroes.”


The two superheroes become obsessed with bringing each other down until a new nemesis begins posing a bigger threat than both of them combined.


Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”) is even more obsessed with exposing Superman as a fraud as Batman is.


He has developed Doomsday, a more powerful threat to the world than Superman’s critics ever believed him to be.


Doomsday appears invincible, but can Superman, Batman and their new comrade Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot, “Triple 9”) tolerate each other long enough to defeat their greatest enemy?


The visuals, acting and action in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” are brilliant.


Many people have their favorite versions of Batman and Superman, but Affleck and Cavill both bring another level of cool and meanness to their characters.


Batman is a little darker than what some moviegoers might expect.


And the perfect nerd actor, Eisenberg, plays Lex Luthor brilliantly, and that is meant as affectionately as possible.


If Eisenberg was unlovable as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network,” he will be despised in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which means he delivers an effective performance in the movie.


The special effects prove the genius of the filmmakers just as much as the ingenuity of the plot.


Unfortunately, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” may be a little too grim and dark for some fans.


However, dark minds sometimes are the minds of geniuses.

 

And the filmmakers are pure genius for this film.  Therefore, they should be above the usual criticism that artists face from their detractors.


REGAL RATINGS

FOUR CROWNS=EXCELLENT

THREE CROWNS=GOOD

TWO CROWNS=AVERAGE

ONE CROWN=POOR

This article was published on Friday 25 March, 2016.
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