My Rating: [rating=4]
Yes, we have another Batman movie. There are so many movies that tell the story of this capped crusader that it feels exhaustive. It also becomes difficult to invest in another Batman movie when they keep changing the actor that portrays him.
I’ve made myself pretty clear as to how I feel about the various Batman actors. I am NOT on the Batfleck train; I rank him just barely above George Clooney’s Batman (who is probably the worst portrayal). Will Robert Pattinson fair better?
The Riddler is terrorizing Gotham. He’s murdering people of affluence and power and leaving only cryptic clues for the Batman. The Gotham Police, with Lt. Gordon (Wright) and Batman must hunt down and capture him before more die.
I highly recommend this film, especially if you are fan of the franchise. I believe it’s still in theaters and on HBO Max (at the time of this writing). It’s a long movie (almost 3 hours) but it’s worth your time.
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Biggs Thoughts and Comments
This movie has a very “film noir” feel to it. I like that it doesn’t begin with an origin story; it starts right off with a murder and it builds from there. I enjoyed the noir nature of this movie. The cinematography is pretty great. In fact I enjoyed this movie quite a bit, especially the cast.
Before I get to Robert Pattinson, I want to talk about a couple of amazing performances. Colin Farrell is practically unrecognizable as The Penguin. We probably don’t need another batman movie, but if there is, it needs to feature Colin Farrell in this role again. Andy Serkis as Alfred is great; I really enjoyed his portrayal as the doting butler.
I want to quickly mention Paul Dano as The Riddler. He is basically a nobody, even with 44 credits. His portrayal as The Riddler is extraordinary!! It’s completely different than Jim Carrey’s version in Batman Forever (granted that isn’t a very high bar). I cannot put into words how creepy and disturbing his performance is as The Riddler. It’s “Heath Ledger as The Joker” amazing!
The Sixth Batman
The million dollar question is how is Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of Batman? He is the sixth actor to don the bat suit in a live action film. I am pleasantly surprised. He is pretty good! If I were to rank him among the six, he’s easily number 3 (behind Michael Keaton and Christian Bale). In fact if I were to redo my top 5, I’d probably put him at #5 (sorry Batdad).
I think my one criticism is that his “Bruce Wayne” is a little too “emo”. I get that he’s supposed to be “dark and brooding” but it just felt a little too edgy. The only thing he is really missing is the black nail polish and a spiked dog collar. This is essentially the only reason I didn’t give this movie 5 stars.
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