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"The Batman" Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.

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The Batman is the refreshing take on the famous DC superhero that we've needed. The film is dark, gritty, and has significant references to the comics that will no doubt make comic fans grin with anticipation. People like to call this version "emo-Batman" which, to be fair, is an inaccurate description and is just a way for Pattinson haters to crap on his film. This is Year Two Batman, which means he's relatively new to the whole vigilante business and is still sore from his parents' murder. He looks at the city and sees corruption and it makes him angry that criminals aren't punished or given justice. In other Batman iterations, we see a man that's a symbol of hope, someone that wants to rehabilitate and pulls his punches unless he has no other choice. In this version, we see Batman in his early years, when he's vengeful and full of rage, something that's never been seen on screen before aside from the Year One animated film.

The film's main antagonist is The Riddler, perfectly played by Paul Dano, who brings out the menace of the villain. There were times when Riddler felt so real that he was borderline scary. That made him all the more intriguing, leaving a lasting impression even after the film was over and done. Probably the next best performance in the film was Colin Farrel's Penguin, someone I hope to see again in a future installment. He captured Penguin's greed and mob mentality along with his accent and attitude. As far as Robert Pattinson goes, he's by far my second favorite Batman. Michael Keaton will always be number one, but Pattinson has stolen the second place spot from Val Kilmer, who is now number 3. Keep in mind, that's my personal ranking. You don't have to agree, but at least give respect where it's due. Robert gave a remarkable performance and hopefully he'll be back in another installment. Zoe Kravitz was a fantastic Selina Kyle/Catwoman, certainly moreso than Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway and even slightly better than Camren Bicondova. In fact, Zoe Kravitz and Michelle Pfeiffer were on such a high level that I couldn't possibly choose between the two. Andy Serkis seemed like an odd choice for Alfred but as it turns out, he was the perfect choice. He and Robert performed well with one another and even shared a truly touching moment.

Matt Reeves poured his heart and soul into this film. His visual style has a way of making everything a character, even the inanimate. The Batmobile even felt like a special guest appearance rather than just a car. That's the brilliance behind Reeves direction. There were so many moments when I had to take in the cinematography. Some shots were just so gorgeous, even if they were menacing in context.

The story was brilliant, pulling partially from the Year Two and Hush stories. It had a great pace, never dragging or moving unevenly. With a three-hour runtime, the film didn't feel like three hours. In fact, I was enjoying the film so much that I would have stayed another hour or two.

In conclusion, this is Batman as he was meant to be seen: dark, gritty, and mysterious. It's well worth your time and money to check this film out. The directing, story, and performances are all astounding and I don't have one negative thing to say about it. I give the film a 4 out of 4.

© 2022 Nathan Jasper

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