The Batman - Review
What Is the Price for Your Blind Eye? 5 / 5
Directed by Matt Reeves.
When the Riddler, a sadistic serial killer, begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city's hidden corruption and question his family's involvement.
There have been iterations of the Caped Crusader on the big screen, all the way from the wacky to the valiant. But this latest adaptation proclaims to be The Batman.
Robert Pattinson steps into the overly expensive armour as the vigilante very early on in his heroic journey. Director Matt Reeves creates an unflinching version of Gotham but most importantly creates a world deserving of its bold title.
If there is something I can commend Warner Bros. and DC for, it's letting their directors and creative teams have full reign to tell the stories they want to tell and how they want to tell it without the threat of censorship, an overarching universe, or the looming approval of the house of mouse.
The Batman is something truly special, flipping superhero expectations on its head, taking you on this gritty detective mystery with precise and masterful storytelling.
Pattinson easily embodies the role with minimal screen time spent out of the suit showing the audience where his comforts lie. An impressive supporting cast help fill this world with friends and foes; Jeffery Wright, Zoë Kravitz and Andy Serkis being confidants to fall back on and assist on the journey, Colin Farrell is unrecognisable as The Penguin and Paul Dano commands every second as the maniacal Riddler. All of this set to Michael Giacchino's intimidating score transports you into this crime soaked city where the rain seemingly never stops falling.
Many modern blockbusters, superhero films especially, play into fan service but little have the lasting effect after you walk out of the cinema besides a few memorable scenes. The Batman is drenched in a sombre tone that you can't quite shake long after the credits have finished.
It gets under your skin in a way that took me completely off guard with aggression-fuelled action sequences, a jaw dropping chase scene and despite the dangerous name it gives to Gotham City, you don't want to leave.
The continuation of a strong comeback year for cinemas after an uncertain couple of years.