The Batman (2022)
Title: The Batman
Genre: Action | Crime | Mystery |
Runtime: 176 min
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Colin Ferrell
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.
GORGEOUS CINEMATOGRAPHY BUT
STRUGGLE FOR A CAPTIVATING PLOT
Batman has once again entered the big screen. It was only in 2017 when it happened the last time with Justice League. Four years have passed and introducing another, different caped crusader might be seeming a long shot in both remarks. It recollects mostly everything connected to the character with a certain type of relevance.
In this grim, film-noir version with a dazzle of rain and thunder, Batman hunts down a serial-killer like The Riddler to find the truth about himself that he must deal with on a personal level. The conflict becomes a long and winding road filled with escapades, with an uneasy balance of full-blown action and a detective story combined with a low-key small-talk drama. Almost every scene ends up in a dramatic twist or an action scene which becomes later a fatigue treat plaguing the plot. Most of the story, it’s not as deep as you might think. It’s an easy-going story. Not that much of a twist or twist that works in this grim-world setting, to enable the characters to grow.
The cast makes a decent job. Pattinson has a certain charm to the character that has not been certified yet, with the dark emotional gloomy attitude that wrecks himself. The essence of the character is far better established than in the way Ben Affleck took on the character in his approach of the classic hero. Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel like an ordinary comic-book film with supernatural elements. More as a story filled with deep-ended connection with a sensitivity of a detective and such-a-like charm. He doesn’t add anything new to the character besides a humane side, struggling for his own tragedy. A trait that doesn’t often reflect on the character, which is also a sign of why this film succeeds the way it does.
Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, exist in this film. Played by Zoë Kravitz. She doesn’t really have a point in the story, we get that she’s Carmine Falcone’s daughter but that doesn’t always solve the problem. She’s distracted and doesn’t deliver the expectation for the overall plot. She’s good in some scenes while she’s a disaster in another. Jeffrey Wright plays Lt. James Gordon, a calm police officer that is on Batman’s side and always stick up for the caped crusader. He’s genuine one of the best parts of the film and feels not overused as it can be with classic characters.
Paul Dano’s The Riddler is more of a pale incarnation, there’s no such depth to the villain as one hopes. He resembles much of the characters in the film Prisoners. His endgame works far more intriguingly better than Jim Carrey’s aspiration for the character. Oz aka Penguin makes an appearance as well and Colin Farrell delivers a different side of his chained to a block-style character and brings some nuance to the film.
Then we’ve some soundtrack that adds some variation and emotion to the story. It has its pretentious charm in the end but nothing that elevates the film’s emotional fragment. The best part of the film perhaps is the cinematography that keeps it tight with new angles, and fresh vantage points in an exciting new way. It gives the whole franchise a different aspect, a new potential of what it’s given. The colour aspect is gorgeous and even if you can’t see anything because it’s too dark a shot, it provides still anything to the gloomy tone suitable for the film.
With almost a three-hour runtime, it’s pushing far on what it’s best for the story and for the compliment it tries to give. It’s this regard a lot could be cut out of the film to keep the story tighter and more at a good pace. As for now, the story doesn’t really shake me as an audience, not up till the final twist that surprises me among others. In the end, maybe the movie would earn a better substance being R-rated.