Review: The Batman

The Batman, released on March 4th, secured as 8.5 on IMDb.

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“The Batman”, released on March 4th, secured as 8.5 on IMDb.

I loved watching superhero movies and TV shows growing up. From Spider-man to Young Justice, it was one of my favorite genres.

When I first heard about “The Batman” movie through social media, I was excited. Who doesn’t like Batman movies, packed with action and adventure?  

“The Batman,” directed by Matt Reeves, follows the main character, Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson), as he struggles to catch the Riddler, who leaves behind clues in cryptic messages all while forming a friendship with Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz) in hopes of finding her missing friend. 

This movie definitely has its ups and downs, but overall I still really enjoyed it. 

One thing I really enjoyed about the movie was the cinematography. Every shot was masterfully taken, with the colors and lighting reflecting the whole dark vibe of the movie. Each scene looked rich and made the experience of the movie more immersive. They managed to create a wonderful and consistent color palette with warm colors like orange and dark colors like black in the film, which just added a nice visual experience in the theater. 

 The soundtrack in this film was phenomenal. It incorporated the original “Batman” sound, with its iconic gothic and dark tone. The composer, Michael Giacchino, made the original tracks sound even more action-packed and suspenseful, like in the track “Highway to the Anger Zone,” which illustrates the complexity and intricacy in the music of the film as a whole. 

The acting in “The Batman” was just hands-down amazing. All the castings portrayed their characters perfectly; Pattsinson brings a new look on Bruce Wayne, really presenting his character through a new filter, while Kravitz performs as the rebellious and charming Selina, depicting the character precisely. The Riddler, played by Paul Dano, was a perfect casting for his role, and was able to portray the ‘crazy’ personality and look of the character exactly. 

One downside was the length of the film. This movie is very long at 2 hours and 56 minutes, and it definitely feels like that. Most of the movie had great pacing, being able to fit in a lot of information in at once, but there are multiple scenes where I felt that the pacing was either going too fast or too slow. 

One thing I would like to mention is the plot. Although most of it was fantastic, with multiple plot twists I didn’t see coming, I did find myself getting lost occasionally. As someone who isn’t caught up with all the Batman movies and “lore,” I was confused at some parts of the film. But, for a film that is almost 3 hours long though, I see why it could get confusing. 

A small downside I found was the somewhat misleading advertising. From the trailers and ads, I definitely expected more out of certain characters, but after watching the film, I felt like I didn’t get what I was advertised. For example, this movie is definitely not only a romance between the two leads, which is what it was largely advertised as. So if you plan to go see “The Batman” just for Bruce’s and Selina’s romance, you will likely be disappointed. 

Overall, I would rate the movie a 7.5/10. Artistically, it was breathtaking to look at. Plot wise, the movie did pretty good, with it’s memorable but somewhat confusing plot twists. Aside from the little things, I would highly recommend you watch “The Batman.”