Zack Snyder is a divisive director, with fans who are devoted to his cause and other viewers less sensitive to his cinema. He is, from our point of view, a director who counts in contemporary cinema. An artist whose very assertive style has no equivalent. This is what makes him valuable and classifying his works has not been easy.
Man of steel
Since we need a last one, it is Man of steel who inherits this inglorious place. Zack Snyder enters the DCEU with an interest in Superman. A hero that he still continues to carry in his heart as evidenced by his final cut of Justice League. There is no doubt that he loves the Iron Man but his first attempt lays the foundations for what will be better exploited afterwards (in Batman v superman, First). Felt well for a good hour where the character gets serious development, the film becomes more forgettable afterwards when the purely spectacular side takes over.
Before touching the superheroes, Zack Snyder has already drawn his inspiration from the world of comics. With 300, he adapts the eponymous work by Frank Miller. The story of 300 Spartans who, under the command of King Leonidas, opposed the Persians. An epic tale, for a losing battle. The director does not revolutionize his basic material and pulls out a cinematographic object that stacks up moments of bravery. The aesthetic is also graphic and gives heart to joy on the visual effects. Slow down, great camera movements, iconic shots … We take full eyes and we have fun. Why 300 is then also low in this ranking? Its lack of consistency works against it compared to other denser films. Impossible to deny the pleasure it provides but transposition rarely goes beyond the state of formal recreation.
The Kingdom of Ga’hoole
Zack Snyder’s virtuosity meets animated cinema, the perfect playground for expressing oneself without encountering budgetary constraints. We often forget The Kingdom of Ga’hoole when we talk about his work, while he combines everything that makes good entertainment. It is technically a great success, the action puts you in full view and we take great pleasure in flying in the company of these owls. The most accessible film in filmography for a young audience (the violence is present but attenuated, the themes are more affordable), which will not however leave the adults on the side.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Highly imperfect, Batman v superman brings enough great ideas to life to gain respect. We finally feel that Zack Snyder has an ambitious and mature vision. The (admittedly temporary) opposition between these two emblematic figures of the DC house leads to a feature film that raises major issues. The show never takes long to gain the upper hand to meet the requirements of a general public object but, nevertheless, Batman v superman adopts a state of mind that approaches the Christopher Nolan trilogy. At least, in the desire to apply serious treatment as much as possible to pop culture. Zack Snyder’s belief in his treatment commands respect, even if it does not concretize everything with regularity. However, we prefer this riskier approach than the smoothing applied to some of the productions of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Zack Snyder’s longest movie (4 hours!), His HBO Max edit Justice League is a big chunk that needs to be digested. The insane freedom that the director was able to have allows him to assemble a work that exceeds the norms in the genre. We appreciate that he had this latitude to develop his ideas because we know he is animated by a real love for this universe. His Justice League overflowing with ideas, with admiration for his figures. The interest of this version lies precisely in the importance given to the characters, while the general action remains similar to what we saw in the rooms. Justice League is generous but bloated, ambitious but to excess. One thing is certain, however, superhero cinema has never known such a case.
Army of the dead
First film and first slap in the face. Zack Snyder follows in the footsteps of Danny Boyle and his 28 days later to bring zombies up to date. They can also run to his house and the threat is reinforced. The director dares to re-read the Zombie by George A ….