I haven’t really shown much of my nerdy side on my blog yet, but I absolutely love watching fun action films, especially superhero films, so now you get to witness that nerdy side of me!
I know this film has bad reviews, but I also know a lot of people on Twitter actually enjoyed the film. Me? Well, let’s just say I’m still a bigger fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and I went to see the DC flick in a Marvel shirt, sue me).
First off, I came into the theater with no expectations for this film, especially since I was not convinced enough to even watch the first Superman flick. Nope sorry, Henry Cavill in tights was just not convincing for me. I was scared to see Ben Affleck as Batman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther, but I tried to give it a chance and stay unbiased. I mean c’mon, I still payed to go see the film in the first showing of opening preview night; that’s gotta show you that I really wanted to like this film.
For films like this, I just have to turn off my brain and simply enjoy the film or else my film student/graduate side of me will come out and I will analyze everything. Even when I came into it just wanting to enjoy myself with no expectations — I wasn’t even going to compare it to any Marvel films — it still fell flat for me. I could not connect with the characters, it felt like the story was all over the place, the dialogue just didn’t feel like it could be a real life conversation, and the action felt almost (dare I say) Transformers-esque. Which, to me, means that there was just too much action and throwing people around all happening at once and it’s difficult to follow the camera angles to really understand what is going on. Granted, there ares some Marvel films that also have the same issues that I listed, like Avengers: Age of Ultron or The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which is technically not a Marvel Studios production, I know) were definitely all over the place with their stories and had some plot holes too, so don’t think that I believe just because it’s a Marvel film that it’s instantly perfect.
I could not for the life of me enjoy seeing Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther. I’m sorry, I don’t think that was a good casting decision. He was awkward and psychotic in a way that is almost trying to be similar to the Joker rather than be his own character as Luther. Ben Affleck as Batman did not feel believable, I guess because he’s too iconic of a person already. He didn’t even say, “I’m Batman” LOL the Lego Batman trailer was more enjoyable than watching Affleck as Batman. I don’t think Henry Cavill and him had great chemistry onscreen, even when they teamed up. Also, I just have to say it, Amy Adams does not fit as Lois Lane. She’s a great actress, but doesn’t fit in this movie in my opinion. Regarding all these actors in the film, when actors don’t fit their characters or play them believably, I simply cannot connect with them and I lose that emotional attachment to them throughout the film.
The one saving grace in the film though was Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman! Man, she was soooo sick! I love strong, super cool female characters like that who don’t have to try all hard in their acting to be as groundbreaking (literally) as the male characters. And her costume design was SO GOOD.
Overall, there were a few clever scenes and lines, but it’s not my favorite film. I would wait for DVD to watch it again (if I even care to watch it again) just to dissect it before the Justice League movie comes out. I still have high hopes for DC films though because Suicide Squad looks amazing from the trailers, all intense with the acting and an unlikely heroes story that I love. And now I’m looking forward to seeing a Wonder Woman stand alone flick. #girlpower
But don’t take my word for it — go watch the film without any biases and let me know what you think of it! I’d love to have nerdy film conversations about it haha and it would be refreshing to hear a more positive review of it!