It’s almost a year and people are just finding new ways to tear this film down. Ranking this film with the worst films of 2016? Now that’s just too far. I never even understood the point of the Razzie Awards anyways, just another way to say you suck? Yeah that’s helpful.
“The Razzies are decided on by paying members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, hundreds of film professionals, journalists, and movie fans. The ceremony is purposefully designed to look like a low-budget version of the Oscars, though unlike the Oscars, it is rare for people to accept their awards.” – as quoted from ScreenRant
I’m sorry, but true movie fans, journalists and any professionals for that matter would not go so far as to celebrate/award the failures of a film. Sure some films may not be as great and some actors may not have performed their best in certain roles but giving awards for being the worst? That’s just a glorified way of saying you suck. Give an honest critique/review so they can hopefully learn from what works and what doesn’t but awarding bad performances and bodies of work sarcastically, that’s just low.
Before I go category by category to discuss my opinions on the nominations, I would like to stress that I have paid no attention to this “award” and most likely never will again. I definitely knew about it, but it never really affected me. However, when I read that a film that holds a special place in my heart not only made the list, worst still, topped it, I had to say something. I’m sure the actors pay no attention to this facade of an award show, but a part of me feels that it could have some effect on future DCEU films, something that the universe does not need. Let’s begin.
On the surface, I can understand why people would nominate BvS for this. That being said, when you look at the other nominees – “Zoolander 2”, “Blair Witch” and for Christ’s sake “FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK” – BvS does not fit in that list at all. X-men Apocalypse? Come on, that film (while visually entertaining) was an somewhat of dud.
Out of all the nominations, I don’t actually mind that BvS and Suicide Squad were both nominated in this category. Not because they were absurdly bad, but because the story wasn’t particularly great (on the surface) and it really did take awhile for me and others to really understand it. Of course I’m talking about BvS and not Suicide Squad – the latter was a little too much comic book for the cinema and I accept that. I would not be surprised if they “win” this “award”.
Both Jeremy Irons and Jesse Eisenberg were nominated here. Eisenberg’s portrayal of the notorious Lex Luther has had rather polarizing responses from both fans and critics but Irons? He was superb as Alfred! A modern take on a no-nonsense butler who would kick some ass when provoked. Criticize the film and writing all you want, but to criticize one of the best characters in the film just shows how biased the industry really is.
I don’t even know what to say about this one. Synder’s work may not sit well with everyone, but you compare it to Alex Proyas (Gods of Egypt), it’s just ridiculous. Not even worth my time to defend this as the reception to Synder’s work has been rather polarizing so it is understandable why he would be nominated.
Margot Robbie for Harley Quinn? Wasn’t it unanimously agreed that her portrayal for the psychotic bat-swinging villain was the best parts of the film? To nominate her for this category is just another sign of the supposed bias (which probably doesn’t exist) or some other reasons which I can’t even think off. Perhaps the character Harley Quinn is too weird for cinema?
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Will Smith are all nominated for this category. Some people don’t particularly enjoy Affleck’s and Cavill’s take on the iconic Justice League members so it is reasonable that they would garner some hate. Enough to warrant a Razzie nomination? I really don’t think so! That said, I suppose I can look past these nominations. However, Smith I can’t just ignore. Like Robbie, his portrayal of Deadshot in Suicide Squad was heavily praised as one of the best parts of the film. He didn’t deserve this at all.
When you think about bad movies in 2016, I’d think of The Divergent Series: Allegiant and Gods of Egypt because those films were really hard to sit through. Batman v Superman kept me at the edge of my seat throughout the film – it was literally watching a legend being born. Granted that it started off very slow with minimal action sequences, but being a huge DC fan, this was everything I could have hoped for. To see it torn down by critics was hurtful, but I tried to look at it from their perspective and managed to understand some of their critiques. However, it has been almost a year, can we stop this hate?
Read the full list of nominees here.