The Passerby Consensus - Batman V. Superman
This is a new social experiment where I literally go out and ask people at random if they've seen a certain movie. If they haven't, I move on to someone else, if they have I ask them for a few brief words and a numbered score from 1-10 that they would reward it. This really doesn't prove if a movie is good or bad or what the general consensus is, but it's a fun way to hear what people actually think about something in person rather than reading it online. Also, I'm not filming this or anything, nor have I recorded word-for-word what they've said to me. I do record their scores though and remember the biggest points about the film that they are willing to share with me.
Since I just watched the Ultimate Edition of 'Batman V. Superman' and that movie was quite divisive to many viewers, I decided it would be interesting to see what people had to say about the film. So here we go; 10 impressions and scores from random people that were willing to share.
1. The first person I asked didn't seem to understand the hate for the film. He watched the theatrical version for the first time a couple of days ago and said he thought it was fine. He mentioned that there were a few character motivations that he didn't understand but that he really enjoyed himself while watching the movie and that the 2 1/2 hour run-time flew by quickly.
2. The second review I got was from a woman who had also recently watched the theatrical version. She enjoyed it but felt that it lacked some character depth and seemed forced at times. In her opinion, Wonder Woman was well-cast but there should have been more of her. She mentioned that the music was amazing, but she thought it was stupid that Superman died, even though she knew he would be back.
3. Next up I ran into someone who had recently watched the Ultimate Edition. He loved the action in the film but took issue with the pacing. He told me that the film took forever to get going but once the action kicked in, it was amazing and made him forget about the wait.
4. The fourth person I spoke with also had only seen the theatrical version. He found the movie to be poorly paced, but also felt that the action that picked up around the half-way point redeemed the movie. From how he spoke I thought he was going to slap the film with a "5" but he surprised me in the end as he began complimenting the movie's depictions of Batman and Wonder Woman.
5. If you thought all of these were going to be positive, this next guy did not like the film one bit. He hated just about every aspect of the film. In the end he gave it a "3". Hearing nothing positive whatsoever in his critique, I pressed him on how it earned those measly three points. He then said something along the lines of "I remember taking a nice nap somewhere around the middle".
6. This next person seemed to really dig the film. He gushed about how Rotten Tomatoes was so wrong and how he didn't understand why people hated the film so much. He also didn't give me much reason as to why he liked it when I asked him why he thought it was so great. Despite him basically gushing about his love for the film, his score ended up a bit lower than what I was expecting.
7. The seventh person I got an answer from gave me a pretty balanced critique of the film. He had seen the Ultimate Edition and felt that the film got off to a slow start and the editing could use some work, but once the action started to ramp up he was a lot more engaged. He also felt like the film had a great finale which sold him on the whole endeavor.
8. The trend of "7's" and "8's" was broken once more with the next mini-review I got. And when I say "mini" I mean "mini". The woman I spoke with did not have much to say about the film at all. When I asked her what she thought of the film she simple shrugged and said "It was okay." I could not get much else out of her other than that she thought it was slow.
9. Her boyfriend didn't have much to say either, he simply said it was "so stupid". He mentioned that despite it being really bad, it wasn't going to dissuade him from seeing 'Suicide Squad'.
10. The last and final review I got from a random person was a tad anti-climactic. I asked him what he thought of the film and he said something along the lines of "meh". I kindly asked him to expand upon that thought, he then proclaimed loudly "MARTHA!!!" he also thought the writing was pretty bad, but that he still had fun with it. Despite coming off as pretty negative, he scored it a bit higher than I was anticipating.
After finally getting 10 responses from 10 different people, I did the math. Again, I'm fully aware that this is not a direct correlation to the quality or merit of this film, but it's still a fun little experiment. After running the numbers, Batman V. Superman ended up with a modest average, that, while much better than what the critics slapped it with, is about on-par with the semi-positive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes (65%).
FINAL SCORE: 6.4