As you can see by the title, you can see where this review is going. I wanted to love it guys.... heck I wanted to at least like it. And for the brief 2 hours after watching it I was on Cloud 9. But like the Wayne Corp satellite, I came crashing down. This movie is- you know what? Let me clear something up
Well, I am part of the 50% that liked Man of Steel. It's in my top 3 for Christ sake, and I think like anyone with a good sense of story knew where the story was gonna go in the sequel (oh how wrong we were). I am not some stuffy critic and I don't have a Marvel bias. So while everyone is entitled to their own view on how they see this movie, at least notice that I wasn't going into this movie trying to gut it. Now that that's out of the way, I'm going to be addressing the bad first and then the good.
The Serious Stuff- I want to say something about this complaint I've seen in most reviews.... it's hogwash. It's a stupid complaint that holds absolutely no weight. THe movie needed to be serious and it could have been this epic thought provoking movie if it had pulled it off.... but it didn't. Because this movie felt like a series of scenes from good what could have been 2 or 3 good movies, compiled into one movie where they don't flow well together.
Lex Luthor- This wasn't Lex Luthor, not at all. He was Riddler, but instead of spouting off riddles, he spouts off random quotes that sorta fit the situation to try and sound menacing. Most of the things you are going to see on this list are due to the fact that they spend close to no time on this movie developing. Lex was no exception. Heck, the prequel comic did a better job of setting him up, than the entire movie. This was not Mark Zuckerburg 2.0 (I flipping wish), this was Zuckerburg on LSD. There are somethings that Lex does in this movie, that would totally have worked if he had taken an approach more akin to how the comic Lex is.
The misuse of minor characters- Either use them or don't. If you saw all the teasers, you saw pretty much everything with either Martha Kent or Perry Black. Both of them had some of my favorite moments in MoS, but here they seem to serve no purpose. Heck, it feels like what happened to Martha at the end could have been done with Lois, but I guess they didn't want to repeat it with her, so they used Martha.
TRIM THE FAT OR TRIM THE BAT- I'm obviously going to sound biased and stuff, but after my heart being more broken than Batman's back, I flipping deserve to speak my mind. I honestly think that most, of the Batman stuff needed to be cut down and pretty much everything else needed to be explored. It's a messed up thing when Bruce and Alfred have more screen time, than Lois and Clark. Who needs development of their relationship or how they are dealing with the backlash against Clark? SCREW IT! GIVE US MORE SASSY BUTLER QUOTES! It couldn't be more clear that Snyder wanted to make a Batman movie, because he gave him a ton of screen time, and developed his hatred of Superman, but no one else (or atleast not to the same degree). Was Batfleck good? Sure, but his part of the story is so straight forward. It felt stretched out, while the Superman stuff was short and .... well not to the point, just short.
How the titular fight ended- It didn't end the way any of us predicted or had hoped. It ended on a major fricken canon coincidence being revealed. And this makes me think..."Didn't you know this already Bruce?"
MOS FANS,NOTHING THAT WE WANTED TO SEE HAPPEN, HAPPENED!- Well not entirely. Here's a list
- Clark and Lois's relationship- Lex and Zod's dead body had more chemistry. And hear me out, this isn't a diss on them not working, but they are given close to no screen time to show us where they stand. Like, out of the nowhere she starts questioning their relationship, and then after some possible boom boom, it's sorta solved.
- Clark/Superman act- IT's just sorta accepted and it's never really addressed.
- The world and how it feels about Superman- There are moments where we get to see what they are saying about him, but we don't really get to see how it affects Superman or how he deals with it.
- Bromance Begins- We don't really get to see a proper start to their bromance, cus as I said before, the way the fight ends wasn't the way I wanted to end.
Goyer probably had a better script- This isn't really a valid complaint, but I get the feeling that Goyer had something better written. YOu blew it Terrio. All that hype and boasting, might as well melt his award.
JL Easter Eggs- Lazily put in there, but still frickin cool.
The Fights- IMO, worth the Price of Admission alone and puts the Marvel stuff to shame. I don't care if you fire Snyder, but get him to direct the JL fight scenes.
The Beginning and the Ending- The reenactment of the Metropolis fight from Bruce's perceptive and the desert scene with Lois was great. And the entire Ending Fights.
The Dream stuff- Super eerie and super weird.
Some of the Stuff Lex does- The way he manipulates the situation to create the conflict, is fantastic. Especially the way he frames Superman for stuff.
The Ending- I know I already said this... but seriously guys.... that ending. I called it a long time ago, and I respect them for doing it. I just wish it was in a better movie with better lead up to it.
This Night has been a roller coaster ride. I came out glowing and loving it, a few hours later I hated it and was completely heart broken, and now after writing all this.... I can't help but remember the movie fondly. I'm teeter tottering between liking it and disliking it. In the end guys, it's an experience you must take on your own. Even after all this ranting.... I'm still gonna go see it again and
probably buy the blu ray. In the end, I could spend an hour, rewriting and rearranging this movie to make it better, but I still kind of enjoyed it. I bleed DC.