Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” was heavily contested and detested earlier this year, but for many reasons, I cannot dismiss it without reservations. Yes, it was messy, overlong, poorly paced, deathly mature and generally too gloomy for its own good. But I don’t think a lot of people give its visual presentation enough credit. Snyder is a style-driven filmmaker, and while a lot of his stylistic choices, namely his overuse of slo-mo, have earned their fair share of ridicule, you always know when you’re watching one of his films. In an age where Marvel’s producer-focused cinematic universe often trumps stylistic flourishes (except for last weekend’s “Doctor Strange,” somewhat), Snyder is a visionary auteur, and he knows how to make a starkly beautiful slice of celluloid. Thankfully, a new video compilation offers a well-researched look at the film’s visual allegories, symmetry and parallels, while also removing most of the muddled story details in the process.

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Providing nods to everything from films like Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” and Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane,” to 18th-century paintings, including Gustave Doré’s “Paradise Lost,” Alfred Stevens’ “The Bath,” Cleon Peterson’s “A Balance of Terror,” and Andrea Mantegna’s “Crucifixion,” to specific passages from Revelations, it’s an intriguing, often eye-opening look at Snyder’s direct connection to classic art, even if he’s often known to simply imitate rather than create. Snyder’s brush can be a dazzling one, and while his storytelling might be called in question more often than not, at least he still knows how to impress within the frame.

  • MurphySG

    The frames are beautiful. If only he could have tied them to an increasingly coherent narrative.

    • jaxon

      If only you learnt to pay attention

      • MurphySG

        Wow. So glad my opinion has meant so much to you that you feel a need to respond! And with so much additional insight.

        I am honoured.

        • cinephile_49

          You should pay attention next time

          • MurphySG

            Oh, thank you! So kind of you to point out that I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. I will be sure to pay attention next time I watch a movie.

            Just think! All those years and a degree in Film Studies wouldn’t have gone to waste.

          • cinephile_49

            Again, pay attention next time…

          • MurphySG

            Do you really, really think that will be enough? Paying attention? Wow. It must be so great to be as switched on as you are.

          • cinephile_49

            Yep, sure is great. You got too use to switching off when watching movies. Must be because of those spoonfed marvel movies. You sure are gonna have a hard time with Arrival..

          • MurphySG

            You seem to know so much about me. How do you do it?

            I guess it’s because you are a cinephile. Magic!

  • Heavenly Demon

    this is kinda scary…

  • cinephile_49

    A masterpiece. Too bad WB had to cut down his movie, next time let the man release his three hour wonder.