The Batman delivers a muscular vision of the Dark Knight that hardcore fans have long wished. Despite its origins, this detective version owes other movies like ‘Seven’ and ‘LA Confidential’ than other superhero movies. Though it is a review of The Batman movie, we are trying to give the film’s best moments as well as its snag. Two disclaimers offset this dark and serious epic: In almost three hours, the film takes too long, which felt in the final stretch.
First, the very good news is Robert Pattinson is fantastic as a brooding young Batman/Bruce Wayne. He tells his story in a gritty style reminiscent of the hushed tones of Dirty Harry and Humphrey Bogart’s film noir detectives.
The look of Batman may be stylized, but director/co-writer Matt Reeves has infused Wayne’s tragic tale with gritty realism. Even he did more so than Christopher Nolan’s trilogy starring Christian Bale. Batman again acts in a muddy, corrupt Gotham whose trappings are part New York, part ‘Blade Runner.’ When pushed into action, his fights are painful, not balletic.
Full Of Outstanding Cast
Before giving a review to The Batman movie, we have to praise the film cast. There is also much to applaud in Zoë Kravitz, who plays Catwoman. Jeffrey Wright and his performance of James Gordon and Paul Dano, who plays the Riddler. The latest is dangerous, homicidal, and enigmatic in a way that puts the film on the brink of its PG-13 rating. But it bears more resemblance to Heath Ledger’s Joker than Jim Carrey’s manic incarnation, let alone the colorful 60’s version.
For those reasons and others, “The Batman” starts extremely well, introducing the masked vigilante. He is still viewed warily by authorities in the first two years of his internship. He teams up with Gordon to investigate a gruesome, high-profile murder. In the shadows, the Riddler immerses them in a game of cat and mouse, sprinkling hints and taunting Batman. He has tried to strike fear into the hearts of criminals, rumbling when one asks who he is, “I am vengeance,” he says.
Batman Vs. Riddler
The mystery unfolds through dense mythology that incorporates the tainted foundations on which Gotham rests and Batman’s origins. Those details emerge partly through Wayne’s interaction with loyalist Alfred (Andy Serkis). At the same time, Catwoman/Selina harbors different but equally grim motives. However, for once, happily, they dispense with recreating the murders that orphaned him.
As resourceful as Batman is, the Riddler drives the story, much in the same way that ‘Seven’s’ killer led those detectives on an unjoyful chase that left a pathway of victims. As the clues amass, more and more of Gotham’s power players pulled into that web. Penguin (an unidentified Colin Farrell), the top henchman of mob boss Falcone (John Turturro), joins the rogue’s gallery.
In some respects, Reeves and Peter Craig’s script echoes ‘Batman: Year One,’ portraying the character in a more developing, if not entirely novice, phase. The image remembers the art of Neal Adams and Marshall Rogers. Their work in the ’70s helped redefine Batman and relieved what remained of the “Biff! Wham! Pow!”
Even though the seriousness is welcome, the level of darkness risks becoming oppressive somewhat that doesn’t leave any room for the fun of any kind. Although that is not a negative for Batman fans, it threatens to weaken the film’s appeal. They included those who couldn’t identify the issue of Detective Comics in which the character first appeared.
It Is Too Long
As per the review of the movie, that’s a modest evasion compared to the main complaint that The Batman could easily lose half an hour without sacrificing much. Most of that limpness comes during the final hour, which serves a purpose in character maturation. Still, it packs at least one climax too many.
It’s a shame because Reeves gets it so right that indulging in a ‘Snyder Cut‘ flex early on feels like an unforced error. There was no necessity to go that long given how big a box-office magnet meant for the film for hungry theaters and Warner Bros, plus potential sequels.
Batman has a long history of sparkling passionate debate and response, and the latest film doesn’t have any exception. The producers have found in Pattinson a Dark Knight deserving the conflict while creating a Gotham City that needs him.
As the new chapters go, this is going to be a good start. If only known when to end.