Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ★★½

I'd rather see Bryan Fuller's 'Batman v Superman', but this is a startlingly unique, even daring, subversion of superhero assumptions. Transparently acted, but not without peculiar crests of pathos and bent empathy. Incoherently edited, but not without exciting moments of convolution.

The opening action sequence feels like a vivid guideline for how the film will play out. The labyrinth of carnage and chaos, on its own, is indecipherable; we just happen to have the codex to fill in the blanks. Most of the time we don't, and that sense of confusion, uncertainty, even distaste, resonates throughout the entire film. The last hour is obviously punishing, but clearly rooted in that same sense of bleak nihilism. There's nothing good or pure in this world, this film included. At least Zack Snyder accepts that, rather than dodging it the way Marvel's artificiality factory does.