The Batman

Hello, hello!
I finally found the time to sit down and pen the review for a movie that surprised me tremendously. Let’s talk about The Batman!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Batman ventures into Gotham City’s underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans become clear, he must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis.

The Rating:

Okay. Okay! OKAY! This movie was so much better than I had expected. I actually went in knowing just about zero about this Batman iteration and was prepared for the worst. And then they hit me with a mopey emo-looking Robert Pattinson and Nirvana on the soundtrack and I absolutely loved it?!

But first things first. Let’s talk about R-Pats. He is absolutely brilliant as Batman. Somehow, he just nailed the role. Like, the darkness that seems ingrained into him, the difference between Batman and Bruce, the everything! There really is a stark distinction between the two, I sear even in physique they seem different, so in this film, I’m actually inclined to believe that people don’t know Bruce is Batman. On a completely different note: even though Pattinson looked super fit in this role, he still looked like a normal person. I didn’t check out of the interviews, so I don’t know if it is true, but he doesn’t look like he had to dehydrate just for a shirtless scene. You know what I mean? Like, when you get those scenes with dudes who have abs that are just surreal, and they themselves don’t even normally look like that. Pattinson on the other hand did look like a person you might encounter, well, a person that works out.

We also have to talk about Zoe Kravitz aka Catwoman. She is badass in the role but it’s not just her acting that has the character working so well. I feel like Selena is very well written, her character has depth and nuances. And the way she is in this film, I get why she and Bruce have sparks flying between them. Yet, they still have their own agencies. Just great!

In terms of other cast members, I should probably address the elephant in this room which is the Penguin. My stupid ass did not realize that this is Colin Farrell, I did spend the whole movie wondering why he looks familiar, though. Apparently, there’s gonna be a spin-off show about him, and I’m genuinely curious to see that. We also get Andy Serkis as Alfred and even though he does an amazing job, somehow my brain just stubbornly insists that Alfred=Michael Caine and Michael Caine=Alfred. Not Serkis’s fault, this is definitely a me problem. The last actor I want to talk about is Paul Dano. His performance was seriously unhinged, and I was beyond impressed. How freaking good was that?! I really want to check out more of his stuff now, just because of it.

I guess this is a good moment to chat about the story for a second. Superhero movies can be very hit or miss in this regard, oftentimes being too cliché and copy-paste. I’m happy to report that The Batman came with a smart and intriguing story. There are several plot twists that are fairly surprising and I applaud them for the ending we got. In general, this story was such a fascinating take on who and what Batman is and what he stands for! Also, thank fuck we didn’t get another origin story scene. You know, no Martha and Thomas in a dark alley, her clutching the pearls around her neck, etc. There are moments that inform us about Bruce’s past, about his parents’ past, but not in this in-your-face way that so many superhero movies like to do. Big thumbs up for that.

Speaking of things superhero films like to do. I haven’t seen too many Batman versions, but I remember for example Batman vs. Superman with horror because (among other reasons) the film was just drowning in CGI and special effects. I was rather happy to see that in this one there wasn’t much of either and they only used that stuff when it was really necessary.
Moreover, we need to take a second to talk about the batmobile. The main vibe I got was Delorean from Back to the Future but 2022 and paint it black. But not in a bad way! One of my friends pointed out that this batmobile also looks more like stunt car which in my opinion works super well. The batmobile mainly had one big appearance in this film (otherwise we barely get to see it) and in that particular scene, it really slayed.

And finally, the soundtrack. They won me over right when the first song started playing and it was Nirvana’s “Something in the Way”. I just was not expecting to hear this song on any soundtrack, even though it’s a great tune. They even played almost the entire song, so even better! One thing I have discussed with several people, and we all agree on: Trent Reznor would also have been a smashing soundtrack for this. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the soundtrack we got, but something about the movie’s vibe just screamed Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross to me.

This movie was so much better than I ever would have expected. It is not perfect and with almost 3 hours of runtime, I can understand why some people might decide to skip it. But, let me tell you, those are three hours well spent! Two enthusiastic thumbs up from me!

Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “The Batman

  1. I have not seen this yet. I like BP and believe he is a good actor but isn’t given much credit. I do kove the Christian Bale Batmans but this one looks good. I will also take this cat woman over Hathaway any day.

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