The Batman: A Movie REVIEW

The Batman is a 2022 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig, directed the film. It stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman alongside Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell. The film sees Batman, who has been fighting crime in Gotham City for two years, uncovering corruption while pursuing the Riddler (Dano), a serial killer who targets Gotham’s elite during his favourite time of the year- Halloween. The Movie is based on Comic Issues like Zero Year, One Year, and The Long Halloween.
Batman must stop Riddler before it’s too late alongside Gordon and Catwoman. In search of the Riddler, Batman comes across various corrupts and misdoings of Gotham. He must also try to make the city Crime-Free and clean as the crime rate escalates.

This Movie is Pure Cinema!!!!!
This is how a Comic Book Movie should be not cracking Unnecessary Jokes unlike Thor: Love and Thunder……. and sticking to the Seriousness of the scene and the Source Material.
All the aspects of the movie, whether it is the Performances of the Actor, The Action, The Plot, The Score, The Direction or even The Cinematography are Perfect. As said in the Monologue, this is only his 2nd year as Batman. He is portrayed as a Symbol of Vengeance who uses Fear as a Tool and after the epiphany, he understands that “The City is also Hideously Scarred as him and all it needs is Hope.”
This Movie showcases the transition of Batman from a ‘Symbol of Vengeance’ to what he truly is ‘The Beacon of Hope’. As the Cinema says, “Show it, Don’t Say it”; and it does that only unlike Thor: Love & Thunder…

Everyone rejected Robert Pattinson as Batman, three years ago, just as they had done with Heath Ledger for Joker. He proved himself worthy with his flawless performance and portrayal of Batman. The supporting cast has also done an excellent job, especially Zoë’s Catwoman. Unlike the forced relationship shown in the Nolan trilogy, the on-screen chemistry of The Cat and The Bat is worth watching. Father and Son’s association between Alfred and Bruce is impactful but not as impactful as the Nolan Trilogy (Caine and Bale). A special nod to Colin Farrell, who plays The Penguin as the only Comedic Element in the movie and that World’s Greatest Detective Sarcasm always cracks me up. The Riddler, the antagonist, is terrifying and empathetic at the same time. Hats off to Dano, who had portrayed it sensibly and responsibly. The screenplay is well written, and although it is 176 minutes long, you find it enthralling. The Basic rule of Cinema is to make the Antagonist a copy of our Protagonist, and the movie draws various parallels between Bruce and Edward from the beginning. Like Edward stalking his victim while Bruce, stalking Selina; Both are Orphans and both are a Sign/Symbols of Vengeance; Both of them even wear the same sort of mask.

This Batman is still learning and unlike the Nolan Trilogy, Bruce Wayne and Batman have the same Brooding personality and do not actively take part in the management of the Wayne Enterprises. One of the outstanding aspects of the Movie is Gotham, unlike previous outings of Gotham like in BvS or the Nolan trilogy, it is more lively and crowded. Also, Gotham is Filthy……
The Peculiar thing about this Movie is that the colour tone it uses is unlike any Batman movie. In place of the Blue-Black Tone, the movie emphasizes the Total Black, Yellow, and Red Tone more. The Batman tries to keep it as realistic as possible as the Nolan Trilogy.

Cinematography is also a hero in the movie. The movie is dark and not every place is lit by 20 Bulbs. The Aesthetic Shots are both Beautiful and Meaningful and Greig Fraser deserves appreciation for it. It is not a Superhero flick rather; it is a Crime-Thriller genre and at times, Riddler might remind you of Zodiac.
The action is Brutal for a PG-13 movie. The Zooming-Out of the Camera or Blurring out during Murders was also creative. It is well crafted and choreographed. My Favorite Scene is when Batman takes down Falcone’s men in a Dark Alley and we only see through the Gunfires. It just gives you Goosebumps……

Another remarkable sequence is the Car Chase between Penguin and Batman. The unique thing about this scene is that we only see the Silhouette of the Batmobile and jump in and out to Batman and Penguin driving, which reminds us of No Time to Die. It is just artistic.
A Notable fact is that they had shot most of the Movie in the nighttime and the day shots are also shot in an Over-cast condition, theming with the movie. It is also raining a lot, symbolising Sadness, Depression and Filth of and in Gotham which might remind you of the David Fincher Movies. There is no Change of Hearts of the villain and we also get a glimpse of Batman’s Arch-Nemesis- The Joker, played by Barry Keoghan. The Score by Michael Giacchino is fantastic and when that plays in the background during Riddler’s entry, Batman’s entry, the Car Chase just gives you goosebumps. And, Something’s in the way by Nirvana, was an excellent choice for both the opening and closing monologues. Speaking of CGI & VF-X, they have used something innovative called the Volume, which is like a VR only because of the Pandemic.

All around, if you are a Pop-Culture Enthusiast or a DC/Batman Fan, you should check it out once for no disappointment. Overall, it is a nice movie to watch over the weekend with your friends or at a sleepover. As I enjoyed it in the Theatre. I am excited to see what this Trilogy results in.
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