Mixed is putting it kindly. The reviews of ‘Batman V Superman’ (minus ours, by the very kind and generous Ben Silverio) have been sort of like one of my favorite jokes from ‘This Is Spinal Tap’:
Oh you CAN print that.
Not since ‘Fantastic Four’ have the claws come out for a comic book movie. Yet “mixed” is the word used to deliver the news to director Zack Snyder and the cast of ‘Batman V Superman’ that critics absolutely f***ing HATED their movie. (Since yesterday, it’s plummeted from a 40% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes to 30%!)
How did they respond?
Superman himself, Henry Cavill, diplomatically replied:
“The interesting thing is that we get the critics who have their personal opinions. And the thing about personal opinions is that they always come from a place. And there’s a preconceived idea which you have to get past a critic before you start writing your article or your review, and that affects everything. What is really going to matter, I believe, is what the audience says. Because they’re the ones who are buying tickets, they’re the ones who want to see more of this kind of story or not and so the audience’s voice is loudest and after this weekend the audience, at least partly, will have spoken.”
This is true. Generally speaking, opinions do come from a place. In terms of film critics, that is a place of wanting a movie to be entertaining, original, coherent, visually pleasing and possibly even thought provoking and/or emotionally moving Or it can be “for the fans.” Snyder defended his movie, stating:
“I’m a comic book guy and I made the movie based as much as I could on that aesthetic. And so I don’t know how else to do it 100%, so it is what it is.”
And what it is is “Underdeveloped, overlong and stupendously dispiriting” according to Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal, or as Jim Judy of Screen It! called it “a jumbled and mostly joyless mess.” But maybe audiences need to heed Amy Adams’ words:
“If you’re interested in a film you should see it and form your own opinion rather than just going on the word of somebody [else].”
You can watch the rest of the cast try to defend this flick. Except Jesse Eisenberg. He don’t give a F—.
Source: Yahoo UK