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Review: 'Batman V Superman' (No spoilers)

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Whether "Batman: v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is the best comic book movie since "The Dark Knight" is to be determined.

If it's not number 1, then it's 1A. It's that good.

For people who are not fans of this genre, it will leave you with a good taste in your mouth. But, the question is why?

It's the story line. You would expect a movie about superhero's to have a clear distinction of good versus evil, right versus wrong,left versus right.

But, what about somewhere in the middle? In many ways, isn't that where most of us are?

Batman V Superman examines human nature: How would we feel if this person with God like powers walked among us. Would we fear him, love him, or hate him?

We are used to seeing the Christopher Reeve version of Superman, beloved by all. Could do no wrong.

In "Superman II," the Man of Steel fights General Zod in the middle of the city with no consequences. No one died.  

In "Batman V Superman," Superman's actions of fighting Zod result in thousands dying.

The movie starts off slow. You see where the characters are since the actions in Man Of Steel.

If picks up about a few years later, but one of the greatest parts of the movie is not the eloquent and artful displays of action-packed fight scenes you would expect from a movie directed by Zack Snyder. 

What stands out is the dialogue between the characters. You get to see who these people are.

There are consequences to being Superman. If you're expecting just a bunch of fight scenes, you'll be disappointed.

Ben Affleck plays a different kind of Batman than you've ever seen.

He's older, wiser and emergency rooms probably hate him because he keeps them busy.

All the fight scenes in the movie have a purpose. When Batman does fight, he is brutal.

Does he cross the line? If you grew up watching Adam West in the role, then you might think so.

Henry Cavill's back as Superman, and he plays the role well.

We get to see Clark Kent as a reporter, which we rarely saw in other versions. You see him working and pitching story ideas in meetings and ideas that your boss doesn't just jump at.

Actually, as a reporter, it was very realistic.

Gail Gadot doesn't get a ton of screen time as Wonder Woman but, when she does, she makes her mark and you want to see more. 

When she finally goes into action, the audience at my showing was most pleased with her performance.

She is far from a damsel in distress and clearly holds her own with the other characters.

Make sure to watch Holly Hunter as Senator Finch. Tri-State residents will find a  particular detail about her really cool. You could hear folks in the theater go, "Hey, you saw that?"

Jesse Eisenberg as Alexander “Lex” Luthor, I was unsure of at first.

But, after seeing the movie, I was fine with it.

The Internet went crazy - as in bad - when he was cast.

His take is different - and he knows more than you think, I'll just leave it at that.

The trailers throw you off a bit as to the motivation behind a major scene in the movie. Nice plot twist, which I didn't see coming and neither will you.

In a nutshell, if you are debating about seeing this movie, I say don't.

The movie is not bullet proof. There are some things you might not like. And it is long, so you might want to take a bathroom break before it starts. It runs about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

I am still not sold on the relationship between Lois and Superman. Still feels a bit rushed, although they do try and flesh it out. But, to me, it still doesn't work.

But, overall, the movie is good and well worth the price of admission.

Even if you don't secretly dawn a cape - or play soap man in the shower - at least for a little while you'll be able to escape and forget about any problems you're going through and see what the Man of Steel is up against.

I’ll give the movie 4 out of 5 stars, 9 on a scale of 1-10, or if you prefer a letter grade, A-.  

It's a welcome break from reality that will leave you wanting more.

And wondering, "Did that really just happen? Now what?"

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