So quit screaming that it did, people.
My hubs and I watched the theatrical release of Batman Vs Superman, Dawn of Justice today on blu ray. (We unfortunately don’t get to go to the movies as often as we’d like because of, well, life, kids, bills, and being grown ups.) I was expecting the whole time that my husband would complain, because he’d never been able to sit through Man of Steel, swearing that he can’t stand the new Superman.
I personally loved the new take on the Superman franchise, and the way they handled Clark Kent’s childhood–the idea of what it must have been like to grow up with those powers, the trauma that must have been, being able to hear people’s heartbeats and see through things when no one else can. I always wondered about that when I watched Christopher Reeve’s Superman movies.
Not to knock Chris Reeves. He was great. And at the time, the kind of movies that were being made, all of his Superman movies were exactly what you’d expect from the early 80’s. They were the image of the times. And beautifully done. Even now, I still enjoy the originals. There’s nothing quite like Christopher Reeve’s smile.
But I digress.
Well, okay, not really, I have a point.
As much as I enjoyed the movies from my childhood, I let go of that, in order to enjoy Man of Steel —see previous rant–– and appreciate the story for what it was–a new take on the franchise.
Which is why I was looking forward to Batman VS Superman. I wanted to see where the franchise was going. Well, and Wonder Woman, but hey, that’s a whole other blog post.
And yet, when I sat down to watch it, I made myself put away my phone so I could focus completely on the movie. I didn’t know what to expect. My husband had gleefully told me when the movie released about how horrible all the reviews were for it, that it was a big pile of crap and everyone hated it. “Bat-Fleck” was a huge joke in my house for months. He professed he’d never watch it, he didn’t want to waste the time seeing it at all.
I’d been very disappointed at the reviews, to say the least, but I still wanted to see it and form my own opinion. After all, Wonder Woman. MY FRIGGIN’ CHILDHOOD HERO. My FIRST CHILDHOOD HERO. Even before my love of Princess Leia, I loved Wonder Woman–was in this, and she looked AWESOME. I resided to thinking I’d never get to see it until it was on Netflix or something.
Imagine my surprise when my husband heard they’d added additional material in the blu ray release, and all the reviews were saying it made the movie make so much more sense. And suddenly, my husband almost seemed interested in seeing the movie.
So I started watching, desperate to find something beautiful in this movie that everyone said was miserably horrible. (And not considering the sources of these horrible reviews–which is my own downfall.)
Three minutes in, I was there.
Bawling in my chair over Bruce Wayne trying to save his people. Saving a little girl. Helping a wounded man. His right hand guy dying.
Dude, 5 MINUTES IN, and I had tears.
That was it, I was there. In the movie. And I didn’t leave until the end credits. And more tears. I got excited over every shot of Wonder Woman, and how they integrated her character. (Did you notice she always wore GOLD?) I loved the idea of it.
Was there stuff I didn’t like? Sure. I’m not a huge fan of dream sequences in movies. I felt like they pushed that a little more than I would have liked, but really that was my only complaint. I didn’t have to “connect the dots” in order to keep up with the story. Now, I hear they show more of what went down in the desert with Superman, which is only alluded to in the theatrical cut, and I will watch it eventually, but I started with the theatrical cut first.
I wanted to see if I agreed with the online assessment.;
And I totally didn’t.
Wait for the shocker…
NEITHER DID MY HUBS.
He actually enjoyed it! Even going so far as to say Ben Affleck did a very good job as Batman, balancing both sides of the character well. I agreed, and I’m not a big fan of Ben in general anyway, he’s always sort of rubbed me wrong. But I forgot I was watching Ben Affleck play Batman, and just watched this story with Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Wonder Woman (Did you all catch her alias/normal name??? They said it, once…) and, of course, Lex Luthor.
Not the sophisticated character I had always been familiar with in regards to the character. A totally different take on him.
Did I like him?
It was really hard to believe that kid was capable of that level of sociopathic planning. But I like to see characters evolve, and I’m hoping that they let Lex Luthor evolve into something much more sophisticated.
Was Batman Vs Superman mind-blowingly awesome? I wouldn’t go that far, but I’d certainly give the theatrical cut a solid 3.75 out of 5. I like how it blended into Man of Steel, and tied the two movies together well.
What I cannot figure out, though, at least, I couldn’t until I talked to my husband, is why, in so many of the reviews that came out, was that the story was hard to follow. Neither one of us had a bit of trouble following the storyline, everything made sense to us. The tiny little details thrown in all through the movie were splendid…
And that’s when we figured it out.
Of course, the movie wouldn’t make sense, if you were not watching it. It absolutely is one of those movies you cannot just half-listen to while you play with your cell phone.
This is a movie you HAVE TO WATCH. From beginning to end. Then, and only then, will it all make sense.
This is my own personal theory, but I’m willing to bet a good portion of the naysayers out there who said the story was hard to follow were distracted by something. They had to have been, because everything was right there, on the screen.
So much so, that I really want to see Suicide Squad, because I know it ties into this story as well. Not sure if it’s before the events of BvSDoJ, or if it’s after, but it’s connected. I’m guessing before because of the–Oh wait, if you weren’t looking, you probably missed that detail.
Maybe I can find a way to get to the theater and see that one….