THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

BATMAN V SUPERMAN (2016)










#41 of the 2016 movie countdown is one that I never thought I would see. But it happened!! Batman v. Superman is on the big screen!! But it is so dark and dour and borderline depressing that it makes you thank your lucky stars that you do not live in an alternate universe where there are superheroes, a place where no one could afford homeowners insurance because everything gets destroyed. As a comic book geek, delighted to see so many Easter eggs and cameos by other heroes ...and the Justice League all set up to go in the next DC Universe flick. As a plain ol' movie fan, there was just too much stuffed into this. While the appearance of Wonder Woman was cool on geek level, she was really not needed here (I mean gosh, Batman and Superman weren't enough!?!). And the other heroes could have waited for the next movie. The film comes alive when the two title characters finally get into a slugfest. It is marvelous and nasty and brutal -- it seems to jump right off the comic page! Ben Affleck is excellent as Batman and gives Christian Bale a run for his money as the best screen Caped Crusader but Henry Cavill is just a muscled presence and little else as Supes. Also not a fan of turning Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) into Superman's version of the Joker. In short, if you are into comics, well, you've already seen it. If you are not, this ain't The Avengers. Barely a hint of a smile anywhere (except for one exchange between the boys when WW shows up). If every DC movie is going to be as downbeat as this, it will be hard to sit through them all. I mean how many times have you sat through Schindler's List? Probably a terrible comparison but you get my point.

TLA one-word review: underwhelming