a melancholic pop-masterpiece, plays like a feature-length music video while constructing layers of fantasy to process guilt, grief, fate and enlightenment // engaging in art will not give you absolution but it can give you the strength to look beyond yourself and beyond narrative to see a truth // art is a mirror, freedom is abstract.
Not as lowest com-dom, nor subversive as its critics/champions made out. Its grander themes are never fleshed out, but it has some incredible video game/comic book-style sequences that make it cool fantasy-in/on-fantasy. Not satisfying in story-terms, but feels like it's trying to do something new - Snyder is a skilled visual storyteller, though should maybe be working at Rockstar Games. A future cult fave.
Perhaps the purist manifestation of the duality of modern Hollywood's dizzy heights of wasted effort: breathtaking visual aura serving a surreal fairytale in which guns, explosions and industrial scale death solve everything. Wonder what DW Griffith would make of it.