Triple Helix Review Score: 85%
Batman Vs Superman Critics Drop The Ball : Don't Be Sad Ben, It's Not Your Fault.
Ben Affleck is catching flack (Af-flack, anyone)? from all ends of the spectrum. This has come in the form of being labeled the worst batman ever, having Gigli compared to Batman V Superman, or even being torn to shreds as a human being. But who hasn't seen the sad affleck video making it's rounds on youtube? This is of course, a rhetorical question since so many people have seen it, that it caused the Simon and Garfunkel 1966 track "Sound of Silence" to surge on the music charts 50 years after being released.
I wrote this post to rectify what I see to be a grave error committed by critics (come on Rotten Tomatoes). I watched the movie with a few friends and here are some thoughts.
The beginning was a little slow
I have to admit that the beginning took a while to build momentum. I also did not have a great affinity for having Ben Affleck play Batman, so it took extra positive influence to override my pessimistic expectations.
This movie was not made for the faint of heart, but for the fan of heart :)
I slowly started to realize all the various nuances, plotline allusions, and peppered lines were placed with care by a comic book fan for comic book fans. Kudos to Zack Snyder for executing this so well (this isn't fluff; I came to watch on an opening showing with a theater full of comic geeks. They cheered and had multiple outburts of ovation).
The colors Duke, the colors!
The visual effects, cinematography, and color palette rocked. I was genuinely moved by the visuals comprising one of the final scenes in Superman's home town; the camera sweeps over rolling grain and pans across his house from far away, and you can't help but feel overwhelmed (it helps watching in IMAX).
Additionally the shots during the closing battle scene were INCREDIBLE, with CGI more flawless than nearly any I've encountered on that panoramic of a scale.
I render the final verdict. Ben, I refuse to join in the Af-flack. You won me over. 85% ain't so bad. Cheer up. Darkness needs to become your old friend if you're going to don the tights of the Dark Knight.