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Zack Snyder Films - Ranked
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A rewatch didn't do this film any favors. To put it simply, it's a mess. It doesn't flow well and it's at times extremely jarring. There are a couple of great ideas in it, but none of them are given the development that is required. Ben Affleck is cool as Batman and the fight against Superman is cool once it finally happens, but the film spends far too much time on setting up Justice League and other side-plots. What's supposed to be the main event is reduced to a side course. There are a couple of attempts at emotion here, that could have worked really well in a more focused film, but unfortunately it is drowned by all the mess.
Zack Snyder is a solid director when it comes to creating a visual spectacle, but with Batman v Superman he fails at crafting a complex and cohesive story that is emotionally engaging and consistently entertaining. Instead he creates a disjointed film that is entertaining at times, but is far too meddled with for it to be properly enjoyed and appreciated.
Man of Steel (2013)
So here's the thing with Man of Steel. It's probably a bit too ambitious for its own good. Zack Snyder tries to chew over more than he is capable of. Following the success of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and with Nolan himself producing, Snyder attempts to make his superhero film in the same vein as Nolan. Unfortunately, Snyder doesn't have the same touch of grace and understanding of the human mind as Nolan. More so, it feels like Snyder doesn't fully understand the hero of the film either, making him far too brooding and almost depressed. So despite his best efforts, whatever he attempted to do, doesn't fully translate to the screen.
Yet, Man of Steel is not a bad film. It's a competent one. It got solid performances, great visuals effects, an outstanding score from Hans Zimmer and its poetic feel is actually very soothing (even if its slightly misguided). The final act is a bit of a mess in all of its destruction, but it is nonetheless somewhat entertaining.
Sucker Punch (2011)
Justice League (2017)
Justice League does have enough cool and fun moments sprinkled out through its two hour long run time for it to be an entertaining film, but overall, Justice League is a disappointing entry in the DCEU.
It's strength lies in the characters. The chemistry between them works, and despite some of them not being as developed as they should have been, the characters work. Particularly Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have some great moments, while Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa offers some comedic relief. Actors like Amber Heard, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and J.K. Simmons are more or less wasted though.
Justice League is however brought down by ugly visuals and awful CGI. It does actually look unfinished at times. There's also occasionally some sort of tonal crash, this most likely due to parts of the film being reshot following Zack Snyder's departure and Joss Whedon finishing the film. While Whedon's influence shines through in some of the better scenes, it also makes the film tonally inconsistent. It goes from somewhat dark to goofy in a finger snap.
The plot is ridiculously simple and forgettable, with Steppenwolf being a contender for one of the worst villains in superhero history. The action is something taken straight out of a video game and everything is quite simply a mess. Yet, it's enjoyable for what it is. But it should be better.
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
This is a refreshing zombie film, despite being a remake. People might say that slow walking zombies are scarier, but I would argue with that and say that it's scarier when the actual zombie is faster than you. Slow walking zombies is more of a comedy thing.
So, Zack Snyder provides a film that's quite unusual when compared to everything he's directed, but it's an effectively entertaining zombie film that he's dished up and among his finest work.
If there's something that's perfectly suited to Zack Snyder's visual style, it has to be 300. A glorified, bloody, CGI macho fest. A film for the manliest of men. It's dumb as a rock, and filled with caricatures of character's who's only reason is to spew out one-liners, but it's nonetheless thoroughly entertaining.
Watchmen keeps growing on me, and if anything, this is Zack Snyder's swan song. A visually striking film that accurately represents its graphic novel. It's a refreshing film to have in the superhero genre, as most superhero films are rather black and white in their depiction of the world. Watchmen works more in the gray area of that, and is in terms of ideas and themes one of the most interesting films in this genre.
One of the coolest aspects of the film is the character Rorschach, boasted by a strong performance by Jackie Earle Haley. The whole film-noir element that surrounds his character is top-notch filmmaking, and something that is right my alley.
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