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The Batman ***Potential Spoilers***
« on: March 6, 2022, 12:40:01 AM »
Alright, I need to get this off my chest!

This movie was beslubbering great!  I enjoyed it while I was watching it, but then the more I thought about it afterwards the more I came to realize just how good it was.

  • Sound track does a fantastic job of building the right tension
  • For a movie called "The Batman," there is a refreshingly small amount of Bruce Wayne in it.  90% of the time, he is Batman
  • I liked some of the small details like how in previous movies we had always seen that they had put black make-up around Batman's eyes, but if he took the mask off then it was gone.  This time, not only do they show him still having the make-up on, but they also show him applying it.  Small, insignificant detail; but fantastic that it was included.
  • Collin Ferrell is unrecognizable as the Penguin, which is always a good thing
  • The Riddler is suitably terrifying and masterfully portrayed to the point that I think he actually rivals Heath Ledger's Joker as the best Batman villain.
  • I want that beslubbering Batmobile in my life!
  • They did an amazing job at making Batman intimidating with just the music; and the slow, heavy booted tread emerging from the shadows.
  • The cinematography was astonishingly good at just drawing you in.
  • Robert Pattison did a great job as Batman, but his Bruce Wayne felt a bit flat.  I'm alright with that, though, because it really comes across that his true persona is Batman, and that this is early enough in his career that he hasn't quite managed to disassociate the two identities yet.
  • "The World's Greatest Detective" is shown as being an actual detective.  Absolute win in my books.

I am definitely going to see this a second time in theatres, that's for sure.  I'm sure there is just more details that will get picked up on the second viewing. 

If I had a complaint, it's that the movie did seem to drag on.  There were a couple of times near the end where I thought they would roll the credits, but it just rolled into another scene.  That's really my only complaint. 
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Re: The Batman ***Potential Spoilers***
« Reply #1 on: March 6, 2022, 07:19:29 AM »
Sounds good, it might be enough to drive me out into theaters. :D

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Re: The Batman ***Potential Spoilers***
« Reply #2 on: March 6, 2022, 10:39:18 AM »
I keep hearing good things, but I'm just so tired of Batman in general that it's a tough sell. And 2.5 hours? Hmmmmm...

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Re: The Batman ***Potential Spoilers***
« Reply #3 on: March 6, 2022, 07:31:45 PM »
I refuse to go to the theatre until they finally give me Top Gun 2.
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Re: The Batman ***Potential Spoilers***
« Reply #4 on: March 6, 2022, 08:09:36 PM »
would have been better without the political references...

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Re: The Batman ***Potential Spoilers***
« Reply #5 on: March 6, 2022, 08:17:53 PM »
I keep hearing good things, but I'm just so tired of Batman in general that it's a tough sell. And 2.5 hours? Hmmmmm...

Yeah, that's been my attitude as well, and why I've not really gone out to see any of the other big movies this year or last (with the sole exception of Dune). I've just not felt excited for any of them. But this movie keeps getting high praises, so I might rethink things.

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Re: The Batman ***Potential Spoilers***
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2022, 08:33:44 PM »
I finally got around to actually see the movie during Easter, and I had a blast. I don't want to oversell it or anything, but basically it's a pretty good thriller.

The focus on actual investigation was a welcome focus. This is a major aspect of the comics that often get sorta glossed over in movies.

I couldn't help myself thinking about the worldbuilding they did in this movie. For example, it's made very clear that this is a version of Batman that is early in his career, stated to be in his second year of crimefighting, which brings me to the comics:

This movie is 100% inspired by the limited series "The Long Halloween", which has a loosely similar plot. The Long Halloween also inspired Nolan's Batman movies, so it's pretty influential.

Something the movie and tLH share is that they sorta show Batman slowly transitioning from fighting regular street crime and conventional organized crime, to fighting his rogues gallery of costumed weirdos. I won't go into too much detail, but it's a neat detail, and frankly I've always loved seeing Batman battle actual, non-costumed criminals like the mafia and such, or indeed serial killers and the like. Out of all the costumed superheroes out there, he is one of the more well-suited for it.

So yeah. It's a good 'un.

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Re: The Batman ***Potential Spoilers***
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2022, 01:47:59 AM »
FWIW, this gets a solid 5-6/10. There are some truly exceptional bits to it--some of the active, for example, is stellar--but overall I felt it to be underwhelming.

With that said, Sir_Godspeed seems to have a better grasp of the movie, so perhaps that's the better perspective to listen to. All I would add to it is that you might have a better experience if you don't expect too much.

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Re: The Batman ***Potential Spoilers***
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2022, 08:21:50 AM »
Yeah, as I touched on, it's more of an action/crime thriller moreso than a superhero spectacle, as it were.

 


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