The Batman Review : Dark and Gritty Thriller unleashes yet another best version of The Dark Knight
Updated: May 21, 2022
Warning: Mild Spoilers Ahead
Star Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell
Director: Matt Reeves
When I first heard about the new Batman film starring Robert Pattinson and it was directed by Matt Reeves (Who handled one of my fav War Of The Planet Of The Apes), I had a mixed reaction. Because I was So looking forward to Ben Affleck's Solo Batman film. This announcement made me realize that it is not going to happen. But when Reeves announced it will be a standalone not connected to DCEU, it grabbed my attention.
Then from the first look posters to the Trailers, the scale of hype had skyrocketed. I loved the soundtrack of the film, composed by Michael Giacchino (who also worked for MCU Spiderman films). It had doubled my expectations for the film. Let us have a look at whether it reached the expectations.
The Batman (Robert Pattinson) had to team up with James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) to solve a spree of killings of renowned people of Gotham. It was revealed that all these famous persons have dark secrets and they are corrupt. The Killer sends a secret cipher at each murder scene for the Batman. He even solves one of them with his beloved butler Alfred (Andy Serkis).
Now, Batman has to combat a villain whose identity lies in the riddles he left for the caped crusader. The Riddler (Paul Dano) compels the world’s greatest detective to solve these riddles one after the other. As he figures out a trail to reach the Riddler, he meets Selina Kyle aka Catwoman aka Bat’s Cat (Zoë Kravitz) who had to fight beside him to fulfill a mission of her own. Aiming towards achieving a mutual goal, they get together to catch the end of all the casualties occurring in the city. Do they succeed? Yes & No! Why? Watch the film.
Matt Reeves once again proved that he can not only meet the expectations of the audience but also can exceed them. Each frame of The Batman had perfectly illustrated the mood of Gotham. In some aspects, the film looked more brilliant than Christopher Nolan's version of Dark Knight. The Batman is one of few CBM's where I had thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue part. Either it's the conversation between Bruce and his Butler or the confrontation part with the Riddler or Riddler's answer the final riddle asked him by his mysterious Arkham cellmate (You will know more about him in future. All these scenes are packed with exceptional lines. Although it is 4 minutes short of 3 hr mark, the film never felt long or stretched. Greig Fraser’s camera work immerses you in the dark land of Gotham and William Hoy & Tyler Nelson's editing will also leave a mark. Michael Giacchino had delivered a phenomenal soundtrack that haunts you even after the conclusion. Especially watch for the introduction scene and fight. The stunt work was too impressive and filled with loads of punches.
Robert Pattinson proved that he can also be in the league of best Batman Portrayals along with Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck. He delivered an Oscar-Worthy Performance (YES It is True) as the Guardian of Gotham. His version portrayal is straight from the comic book version. Zoë Kravitz oozes the Catwoman in her performance. She embodied the personality of Cat, we can see that in her walk, and her talk. Jeffrey Wright as Gordon and Andy Serkis as the Butler Alferd stood out too. Paul Dano's portrayal as Riddler in some scenes reminds the spine-chilling performance of Heath's legendary Joker version.
Overall the film can be termed as the Comic Book Variant for films like Se7en, Zodiac.
Last Word: The film will achieve cult status in the coming days all thanks to Robert Pattinson and Matt Reeves.
My Rating: 4.5/5