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The Batman

Robert Pattinson is the latest to don the cape and play the Batman. There is absolutely no disappointment in that choice. The film is different from previous Batman films in its very film-noir approach to the subject. In this film, Gotham City has been taken over by gangsters, drug lords who rule the city; major politicians and most of the police department has been bought off. I loved the characterization of the city, its darkness and the chaos. The filming in this regard is fantastic. The Batman is widely despised by the city and is characterized as a villain by city officials. I am not an expert in Batman movies, but I assumed that this one shows how the Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman all had their beginnings. Pattinson portrays a moody and reflective Batman, and Zoe Kravitz is a great choice for Catwoman. And Paul Dano as the Riddler – how perfect was that? This is my kind of superhero film; characters who are flawed but manage to rise above those flaws to do great things. My only fault with it is that the latter part of the film dragged on too long for me – just when I thought it would end it kept going. But I loved the darkness, the cinematography that captured it (there is one memorable scene after a car chase that was like, “WOW”!), and the chase of the clues left behind by the Riddler, which at some points felt like I was watching some twist on Silence of the Lambs. The film is well crafted and very entertaining. I would rank this as my second favorite behind The Dark Night. Big thumbs up for me, and the ids really liked it as well. (2022; 4.5 Stars)

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