Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Director – Zack Snyder
Writers – Chris Terrio, David Goyer
Starring – Henry Cavil, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams
Rating – PG-13
Genre – Action
Metascore – 44/100
Rotten Tomatoes – 29%
Batman v. Superman has been one of the most anticipated movies that I can remember. Did it live up to the hype? Well according to critics, no, and this fact brings up an interesting subject of discussion for our culture. Do we trust critics and do we let them hem and form our expectations? For example, my wife, Callie, was excited to the see the film but after one of her favorite critics gave it a C+ she second-guessed her desire. As an amateur film critic, this caused me to question my reason for writing reviews and if I should continue to do so. I don’t want to form and mold your opinions or expectations. I want you, the reader, to be able to decide for yourself. So I’ve chosen to wait for the hype to die down a bit before delivering this article.
I want to talk about the battle that ensued after the release of BvS, which was Audience v. Critic. After the initial release of the film and the review embargo was lifted we received the opinions of numerous critics. The consensus was overwhelmingly negative, resulting in a 29% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Many excited viewers immediately discarded all hope they had for the film and abandoned their plans to catch it on the big screen. This troubled me, as most of us were initially anxious and excited for the release but at the word of critics some of us allowed our expectations and hopes to be shattered. This is a critic’s trade and they know what they are talking about, so yes their opinion should be held in some esteem, but it shouldn’t form individual opinion.
I am writing this article in an attempt to challenge our readers and to encourage them to use critics as resources rather than ultimatums. If you want to see a movie, go see it. Some of my favorite movies are not “Certified Fresh” but I love those films and could care less about what others say about it! Critics know much more about film than the average viewer and they will understand things about film that the general public does not understand or frankly even care to understand. But if you love film, extend your knowledge of how a film works, what is “good” film, and how do you analyze film yourself? Be your own critic. That is, in fact, why we exist as the499, to be a resource, to give you a insight from amateur writers who spend way too much time watching, studying, and reading about film. We’re obsessed. But, we want to inform, not influence.
All that to say, don’t let a critic decide what you can or would enjoy. As this Audience v. Critic battle unfolds I would encourage our readers to watch the Batman v. Superman and make a decision. You are the only person who can decide what is good and enjoyable for you; let critics be critics and not your cinematic kryptonite.
Author : Jesse Ingram