Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

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In the aftermath of the devastating battle between Superman and General Zod, Bruce Wayne seeks to hold him accountable for the death and destruction they wrought.

Set immediately after the events of Man Of Steel, Dawn Of Justice seeks to flesh out the greyer areas of the DC universe. Exploring the idea of an unaccountable, self-appointed saviour with unimaginable power and the moral dilemmas this presents is actually very interesting and as I saw the caped crusader’s vendetta against a man whom he sees as considering himself above the law – and the obvious hypocrisy of this – I thought that the film had been unfairly maligned by its savaging at the hands of many critics. Unfortunately, for the last reel all becomes clear as to why it was so poorly received; it’s an utterly pointless and overblown mess of a finale that makes the lost world section of Peter Jackson’s King Kong look positively restrained. Guilty of all of Zack Snyder’s worst excesses, it all but spoils the rest of the film which is a real shame because up until the showdown between the dark and white knights, I was rather enjoying it.

Like Age Of Ultron, Batman v Superman is guilty of spending far more time trying to construct a cash cow than actually entertaining its audience.

5.5/10

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