First Glance posts are all about first impressions, video games we haven’t had the chance to fully explore yet or other unfinished business.
I should had posted this before because I wanted to write about Batman v Superman since I’ve walked out of the cinema, and I actually started to write a full review about it, but then I stopped it. I decided I wanted to do something different actually. So you might be wondering, how can a movie review be a First Glance post? (Specially when I watched it twice) and that’s a fair question. The truth is that the cinema version is not complete. As you all know 30 min are missing, and 30 min is really long for a movie. In that case, it makes sense that the Ultimate Cut – 3 hour movie – will get the Full Review while the cinema version is included here as a First Glance. And I want to prepare you mentally because the Full Review will be long, very long, and all in one post, just like a 3 hour movie. Because that’s the kind of review Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice deserves.
In the meantime, I’m not going to spoil anything in this First Glance post, but I’ll tell you about the distinct thoughts that have been going through my head during the two separate times I have watched the movie. This will scratch the surface of it, so I can dig as deep as possible in the Full Review. Now don’t worry, I will still post related content while you are waiting for my amazingly long Full Review, because I never forget you, Silvers.
Does the movie deserve all the hate of the critics ? No. Is it a good movie ? Definitely, yes. It is known that the movie has purposely and directly targeted the comic book nerds. But it doesn’t matter if you aren’t one, because the movie is still entertaining for the fans of blockbusters. Keep only in mind that it is completely different from Marvel’s style. This isn’t either funny or light. I understand some of you like Marvel, either because you are a comics book fan and enjoy watching those characters on screen, or because you like blockbusters and have a great time watching them. But you have to free your mind from the style and pattern that Marvel gave to the general comic superhero movies we have had for the past 10 years. And this isn’t a bad thing actually. So of course, if you’re really not into serious topics, forget about Batman v Superman. Otherwise you will really enjoy it.
I can understand that some cinema geeks might have a different perspective, more keen on the technical details, and more willing to notice mistakes. Even though I am a cinema lover myself, I don’t have a full technical perspective (unless it’s really obvious) and I trust mostly on the feelings I obtain from watching the movie. As I see it, just like Art, I base all of my opinion on my own emotions.
I was really excited about Batman v Superman. I mean, really hyped about it as I have enjoyed Man of Steel a lot and I’m a huge Superman fan. Also, I have a blind trust in Zack Snyder as a director because he is this bold, ambitious person who embraces challenges and nail them. He is also, to me, a visionary, for the feelings he gives through his epic style of work. We should already be used to the fact that Snyder is bashed due to his ambitious choices. Such as Watchmen and Man of Steel. This last one, which by the way was criticized as well, is now acclaimed, because Batman v Superman is the new bully. I won’t talk about Watchmen which became a masterpiece after all the bashing.
The first time I went to the cinema to watch the movie in IMAX with Nya (a lovely date), I had high expectations. For many reasons. I love DC, I love Superman, and I love Snyder’s work. As I said, having blind trust in his work, I was pretty sure I would love it, despite the movie having had so much hate to the point that even the critics made me doubt myself. But, in the end, I can say I loved every single bit of it, and in IMAX, Snyder blows your mind! It kept me on the edge of my seat right through to the end. It took me a while in the beginning to get into it, as you don’t see clearly where the main plot is going, but that’s a good thing, since they’ll reveal it at the right time and when you least expect. The dream (that dream!) fascinated me, of course as every dream Zack uses as part of his signature. I think I almost broke my girlfriend’s soft hand out of excitement upon one cameo’s appearance. And I was completely in awe from the very beginning of the last fight scene until the end. Also, the ending of the movie is very Snyder’s with parallel scenes and timelines, well done. Not once has he lost me during the whole thing.
So when I watched the movie for the second time, even if unfortunately by myself and not in IMAX, I still loved it, and became even more convinced of how epic and even a masterpiece this is. Because I knew what to expect, I could focus better on certain points and I will forever thank Zack and the whole cast for bringing us such an EPIC movie with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor and so much content related to the DC Universe! I can’t wait for the Justice League.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was doomed to “fail” before it even started. Having the two greatest pop culture icons facing each other in one movie of course had to divide everyone and bring lots of hate (specially if directed by Zack Snyder – and I can’t see a single reason why). With all the different topics, backgrounds, and characters added, while brilliantly following the plot and staying faithful to the atmosphere, Snyder nailed it. Despite the critics, he made the choice of giving the movie the purpose of introducing the Justice League, which was a right one in my opinion.
As a regular mainstream viewer, you will be entertained with a dark, gloomy, serious and adult-like Superhero movie where important questions are asked and choices are made according to the existence of Superheroes, Monsters and Vigilantes. It has epic scenes, a fabulous soundtrack and a breathtaking pace that keeps you engaged in a tension that never ceases to grow until the final release. Utterly awesome. On top of that, if you’re a comic book fan, you will love all the references, connections to the universe and Easter eggs.
Forget about the haters and go watch it if you still haven’t. It is worth it, and it is one of the greatest Superhero movie of all time (at least for me) and another masterpiece added to Snyder’s filmography.
See you in June for the Full Review and the Final Verdict.