Evan’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm a big fan of Zack Snyder. Watchmen is my favorite comic book film of all-time. A lot of people dislike that film. Man of Steel is another film directed by Snyder that I really enjoy, but many others do not. Hell, I even like Sucker Punch and for the most part that film is universally hated. I really like Zack's style, for whatever reason it works well for me. I enjoy his visuals and the way he does action. Snyder is a visionary and I really appreciate that. From a story and narrative standpoint, he could use some work. Everything's there, he just needs to do a better job at putting it all together. It's also no secret that I love dark super hero films. Watchmen, The Dark Knight, and V for Vendetta all sit among my favorite comic book films of all-time. So take my thoughts with a grain of salt. I guess I'm somewhat bias?
Anyways, onto Batman v Superman; for the most part I loved this movie. The acting as a whole was probably my favorite part of BvS. I also absolutely LOVED the first 15 minutes of the movie, the opening credits included. This movie won't work for everyone. In many ways it's a political thriller. There are also numerous brilliant theological ideas throughout. And a lot of whats going on in the first half of the film can be compared to what's actually going on in today's world. Not to mention the film is completely insane. But it's my kind of insane. Visually this is also a big improvement over MoS. The cinematography is incredible. Overall just a very visually beautiful film.
When Ben Affleck was cast as Batman, I didn't flip out. I was more than fine with the choice. After The Town and Argo I have had full faith in Benny. Well, it turns out he's by far the best part about this movie. His performance is really great. Batman is beyond badass in this movie. This is the Batman I have been longing for; he's an absolute mad man. I loved how brutal and unforgiving he is. For now I will say that Batfleck is my favorite on-screen Batman because he's a great Batman as well as a great Bruce Wayne.
I will say that I was not happy at all about Jesse Eisenberg being cast as Lex Luthor. I like him as an actor, but as Lex Luthor? I was thinking WTF are they thinking!? He's actually really fucking great. He's menacing as fuck! There are two scenes where he completely shines. The first was the scene on the helicopter pad. I was legitimately terrified during that sequence. Then the other scene was the ordeal at the capital with "Grandma's Peach Tea". That shit was literally crazy. Jesse Eisenberg is a conniving bastard to say the least.
Gal Gadot is another choice I wasn't onboard with, but she too proved me wrong. She doesn't get a ton of screen time, but when she does she's really awesome. When she makes her entrance my whole theater was clapping and cheering, which was super cool. Amy Adams was also very good and she actually gets quite a bit of screen-time.
Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL absolutely kills it with the score. Its so brilliant. I've been listening to it non-stop since I've gotten home.
This film has barely been in theaters and its already more divisive than Man of Steel. #InZackSnyderWeTrust