The Movie Snob takes on Batman and Superman.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (C). I liked Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel quite a bit, so I had high hopes for this one. Sadly, it was a bit of a letdown. The performances were okay; I didn’t even mind Ben Affleck (Gone Girl) as Batman. But the movie is kind of a long, joyless slog. Snyder filmed it in Gloom-O-Vision—everything is brown and grey, and it’s always overcast or raining or nighttime. As the title indicates (and comic book fans probably all know), the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill, I Capture the Castle) are at odds in this movie, for reasons that didn’t really seem all that compelling to me. It’s no secret that Wonder Woman is also slinking around in the background, in the form of gorgeous Israeli model Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious), but she’s not a huge part of the movie. Amy Adams (her) reprises her role as Lois Lane, but it’s hard to stand out when you’re the only normal person in a team of superheroes. Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) makes a pretty unhinged Lex Luthor. I hear Wonder Woman is getting her own movie in 2017. Here’s hoping it’s better than this!