I have to address the elephant in the cage with this one.
It seems like the critics don’t seem to like ‘Dawn of Justice’. Why is this?
Well, let’s take a look. Could it be the tone? Yes and no. Marvel is known for having a very light-hearted tone, geared for people of all ages. Based on the fact that Marvel is owned by Disney (the kings and queens of family-oriented movies)- this all makes sense to me. Of course critics are going to give good ratings to a movie that they believe will appeal to such a large demographic. Despite the fact that I enjoy ‘Man of Steel’ and even ‘BvS’, I really believe that most kids under the age of 10 or 11 would feel different watching DC so far. An 8-year old is far more likely to watch ‘Ant-Man’ than this, because of the friendliness it carries. Women are also less likely to enjoy anything with endless explosions and fighting, which this particular movie has plenty of.
This is the definition of a dude movie. And not just any dude, but those between the age of 12-45. To support this further, this is the reason why the ‘Transformers’ movies make tons of dough. The reviews STINK. But sometimes guys just want to go watch stuff explode for 2 hours, the same reason women love to watch cliche, unrealistic romance movies. Every once and awhile, we watch movies where quality is nearly irrelevant to the overall enjoyment of something. Guilty pleasure would be the correct word.
Now I’m not comparing this movie to Transformers. Despite whatever issues the movie has, it is still leagues better than any of those in my opinion. What I am saying is that some movies just fall under this weird category where critical views don’t matter so much. This can be because of age, gender, or just personal interest. The true success of this movie will be determined by the dollars it makes.
I also have this belief that many are expecting it to be like ‘The Dark Knight’, as far as quality. In all fairness, Batman is in the title. Our most recent experiences with that character were phenomenal. But this is a different Batman, with a different tone, in a different world. People have to understand that before seeing this, otherwise they most definitely will not enjoy it.
I think it’s a movie that you’ll either like or you won’t, all depending on who you are. It’s the type of movie critics will tell you to pass on, but movie fans of the property will likely enjoy and defend.
And so here are my thoughts on the movie itself.
I liked it. Quite a bit actually.
It suffered from the same issues that ‘Iron Man 2’ had with universe building. And it also suffered from the same problems the two “worst” Spider-Man movies have suffered from, with having too many plot points. There is so much set-up here for future movies that they actually forget to tell a good story for this particular movie. There are about eight different plots, that are so loosely strung together. The first hour or so was very rough for these reasons. And look, I get it. They’re trying to jump right to Justice League, and not give us a bunch of stand-alone movies for other heroes first.
But did we really need ALL of this stuff crammed into one movie? No.
With that said though, I feel as if everything was still executed in a decent manner. I never felt like it was too slow or uninteresting, I just felt that the first hour was just a weird collection of random-yet-entertaining scenes. Nothing was making me cringe or anything, it was just sloppy story-telling. If it lasted the whole movie, that’d be an issue. But something happened about mid-way through, and all of a sudden, I was on board with just about everything I was witnessing.
The second half of this movie is crazy. There’s still a lot going on at once, but it’s all what I paid to see. The fight between Batman and Superman was excellent, and the showdown with Doomsday and the Trinity blew my mind.
Maybe it’s the geek in me, but I cannot give this movie a poor rating when the first half was ‘meh’ and the second half was a blast. If it were the other way around, things would be different. I always think that if a movie can redeem itself for its finale, I can easily look past certain issues I had on the front end.
That’s exactly what this movie is for me. It has problems, but most of them I can look past, while so many other elements truly had my full attention. The positives outweigh the negatives.
Ben Affleck is absolutely, without a single doubt, the best Batman we have seen on screen. I loved him as both Bruce Wayne and Batman, and I am dying to see more! Some will walk out of this feeling weird about how brutal this Batman is, and how he isn’t abiding by a certain code that we all know of. This is a very different Batman who seems very mad at the world, and I’m guessing the death of a certain side-kick has something to do with it. But it’s his confrontation with Superman that brings back that humanity he once had, and so by the end of this movie, you actually see a big change in character for Bruce. His code seems as though it is redeemed just in time for the formation of the Justice League.
Gal Gadot is a fine addition to this universe. She doesn’t do too much here, but when Wonder Woman comes in to fight…it’s pretty damn cool. It kind of reminded me of how we were introduced to Black Widow in ‘Iron Man 2’. A very quiet and mysterious character, who turns out to be a total bad ass at the end. Now everyone loves Black Widow, after taking on larger roles in other films. I’m very hopeful for Wonder Woman’s standalone feature, as well as seeing her more in Justice League!
If you liked ‘Man of Steel’, you will like this. If not, then don’t bother. I don’t see this winning over anyone who had huge issues with that movie.
If you’re a film snob, then yes, you’ll probably hate this movie. If you’re just a normal, casual movie-goer… take a chance and check it out. It really just depends on whether or not you think this movie is catered towards you.
I’ve seen a lot of people automatically dismiss this movie, and choose not to see it because of the poor critical ratings. I may write a movie blog, but I do not consider myself a critic. I am just a person who watches a lot of movies, and I enjoy expressing my own personal thoughts through writing. I had fun with this being the casual-yet-frequent movie goer that I am.
So please, do exactly that. See it for yourself, and form your own opinion. I admit that this movie has its issues, but I didn’t think it was anything close to the trainwreck that sites like Rotten Tomatoes make it seem. Just look at the difference between the critic score and the audience score. That should tell you enough about the type of movie we’re actually dealing with here.
All these things aside, I think that this was a pretty enjoyable movie that did most of its job well, and I’m still very excited for all things to come in the DC universe.