The Batman movie review - Aussieboyreviews
IS 2022’S THE BATMAN AS DARK, GRITTY AND VIOLENT AS EVER?
Although it may not be as well-done as some of the previous Batman-related movies, it’s just how a Batman movie should be. With a nearly-3 hour runtime and starring Robert Pattinson, this new Batman movie is dark and pacy, but overly long and often boring.
When the Riddler, a sadistic serial killer, starts murdering powerful political figures in the city of Gotham and leaving behind a trail of cryptic clues, Batman must venture into Gotham City’s underworld to investigate the city’s corruption and bring the culprit to justice.
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell
Writer: Matt Reeves, Peter Craig
Release Date (Australia): 3 March 2022
Runtime: 175 minutes/2h 55m
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
The film contains a sustained sense of threat and menace and sequences of sadism and murder. There are several verbal references made to torture, corruption and suicide.
The film contains fight scenes and violence including punching, shooting and strangling. There are also occasional depictions of blood detail and mutilated corpses.
The film contains one use of “f**king”, in addition to uses of “s**t”, “d**k”, “**sholes”, “bastard”, “bitch”, “prick”, “hell” and “damn”.
The film contains multiple verbal references to a fictional drug and drug addicts using the word “dropheads”.
The film contains brief instances of sexualised imagery.
PG-13 (for strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Matt Reeves’ new Batman with a splendid Robert Pattinson is terribly bloated running at 3 hours, but this is a smart detective film where the Dark Knight meets Zodiac, Seven and Saw. This action-filled movie is dark, relentless and riveting, but it come anywhere near Christopher Nolan’s talents for The Dark Knight movies and leads with a gritty tone through a mystery.
The Batman centres on a surprisingly compelling storyline revolving around a sadistic killer known as the Riddler leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues notably for the Batman. This engrossing action movie is executed with a very tense and rough tone that’s influenced by and gives you Zodiac vibes through the Riddler, Seven vibes through the gritty detective mystery and even some Saw vibes through the Riddler’s creativity and traps.
Looking at the fact that this film runs at an extremely lengthy runtime of almost 3 hours, it obviously could’ve been a whole lot quicker, but it’s the kind of film that’s extremely difficult and requires a lot of patience to get into. Robert Pattinson is a superb choice for Batman, Colin Farrell is completely unrecognisable and the Riddler played by Paul Dano is excellent. This is definitely a movie you wanna get some popcorn and go to the cinemas for.
Another big thing about this Batman instalment is how excellent the cinematography is and how well-designed its big and small details are. There’s fantastic action fistfights and gun flashes, and director Reeves knows how to shoot it in a way that’ll appeal many just for the unforgettable action. On the other hand is unfortunately some unexciting dialogue through uninteresting characters. This is The Batman; why did Catwoman have to swipe through his story, mess it a bit and extend the runtime.
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