When the first few reviews for the highly expected “Batman V Superman:Â Dawn of Justice”Â hit the Internet, things werenâ€™t great, but the smattering of boos quickly built to a unified chorusâ€”by Thursday, the movieâ€™s Rotten Tomatoes rating had decreasedÂ from the mid-40s to 31% (29% if you count just â€śtop critics.â€ť)
So, is the movie so bad as critics say? Let’s have a look at several reviews.
“For unlike most other recent superhero films, certainly those from the Marvel stable, it is incoherent, tedious and largely devoid of wit,” writes Brian Viner of The Daily Mail.
“It is also thunderously loud, which goes with the territory, but there are times when I donâ€™t mind sacrificing my eardrums and times when I do. After two-and-a-half hours, the super power I most craved myself was an ability to doze through explosions,” he concludes.
His colleague, observer from Toledo Blade, Kirk Baird, agrees that the movie doesn’t deserve a high mark, as he notes:
“Bleak and realistic (for a comic-book film) is the same approach Marvel has taken with its own menagerie of superpowered men and women in tights, including the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War”, which also pits Earthâ€™s Mightiest Heroes against each other.Â But those movies are also usually fun.Â Apparently someone forgot to tell DC that.”
Amy West of The International Business Times,Â also mentions “Captain America” movie, when writing her review: “As a visually grandiose macho showdown, Batman v Superman packs just enough punches to satisfy and finally seeing Affleck adopt the batwings keeps it from being a complete waste of time.”
“But at the end of the day, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is simply unexplained subplot after unexplained subplot. Attempting to cram in too much and as a result, fails to deliver anything individual enough to stand out.”
She goes on, saying: “The movie equivalent of a filler song on an album, perhaps the movie will hold more worth once the artists have released every single track. But for now, all that’s on our minds is, when does Captain America: Civil War come out”.
However, not all the reviews for the DC’s novelty are extremely upsetting. Thus, for example,Â Chuck KoplinskiÂ of Illinois Times shares his impression about the movie:
“Itâ€™s a vast improvement over Steel, a dark, brooding, but most importantly, intelligent take on the seminal figures of our 20th century pop culture mythology, a movie that at once pays tribute to these charactersâ€™ roots while offering up modern incarnations of them that ring true for our times.”
Emma Simmonds of The List, echoes his colleague, saying: “As has been widely reported, there are appearances from other Justice League faves, as the pieces slot into place for an Avengers-style team-up.”
“However, so far at least, the DC films lack the sense of fun that has increasingly characterised Marvelâ€™s output (perhaps the promising “Suicide Squad” will put paid to that), while the gravitas that Christopher Nolan brought to his Batman trilogy has somewhat dissipated.”
“But, to the filmâ€™s significant credit, even though the eponymous pair are knocking on (Superman first appeared in comics in 1938, Batman a year later) within this context they still feel entirely relevant. Overstuffed, fidgety and fearful, itâ€™s a blockbuster for the less flattering features of our time,” she concludes.