The Batman is so good. Before I talk about the actual movie, I want to mention the experience I had seeing it. I saw the movie in 4DX at a Regal Cinemas that I had to travel an hour and a half to go to. It was also in a different time zone, so it was a whole other thing. 4DX makes the movie an experience since you get to feel all of the action. You basically get a rollercoaster ride along with the movie, and that’s the only way that I can handle a rollercoaster. If you think you can handle it I would recommend you seeing The Batman this way.
The Batman is one of the best superhero movies I’ve seen. I know that there is a lot of talk about it being the best Batman movie since The Dark Knight, but I would put it above that. This is an amazingly well-made movie that does something different for the character of Batman. It also doesn’t feel like any other superhero movie, with it focusing less on the spectacle. The spectacle is still there but that isn’t the focus. The Batman lets the mystery in the movie be the focus while letting the spectacle happen all around it.
This happens because Matt Reeves lets the focus be centered that way. His work as the director is just as amazing as it ever has been. This is also helped by him cowriting the script with Peter Craig. Together they have made a Batman movie that really lets different aspects of the character to shine. He feels like a detective in a noire story rather than a superhero in a superhero movie. I honestly believe that this is the most grounded that Batman has been since Batman Begins because all of the Nolan films feel like superhero movies after the first.
A lot of that comes from Robert Pattinson’s performance as Batman. I say just Batman because most of his time on screen is as Batman rather than Bruce Wayne. There’s very little delineation between the two parts of his life. Zoë Kravitz is the best Selina Kyle I’ve seen, maybe ever. She is also the best Catwoman, in my opinion, since Michelle Pfeifer in Batman Returns. The chemistry between Kravitz and Pattinson is amazing, and you can’t help but look at them when they’re together on screen. Jeffrey Wright is a fantastic Jim Gordon. Both Paul Dano and Colin Farrell play villains from the comics and are simply amazing in their roles. Dano’s Riddler is a different take on the character, and you can’t help but be terrified by what he does. Farrell’s Penguin is very much like the comic book version but a little more hands on. Andy Serkis has my favorite performance of Alfred Pennyworth that I’ve seen. I would put him on par with Michael Caine’s Alfred, which is one of my favorite parts of the Nolan films. I also like that he’s more proactive in Bruce’s career as Batman. I was surprised to see both John Turturro and Peter Sarsgaard in the movie. I didn’t know either of them were in the movie until I saw them on screen. Turturro plays another character from the comics that makes perfect sense in the movie.
The cinematography in the movie helps tell the story. Greig Fraser let the movie feel like a noire movie rather than a run of the mill superhero movie. The set and costume design in the movie is amazing. The designs of Wayne Tower and the forty-four below club are amazing. You get incredibly different feels from both. You also get different feel from Carmine Falcone’s area from the rest of the club. The visual effects in The Batman are amazing. This is really the area that spectacle of the movie shines. It also lets the character of Batman feel like a force of nature. The stunt team also knocked it out of the park with all of the fight scenes and the car chase as well. Michael Giacchino’s score for the movie is simply amazing, which is pretty on par for his music.
The Batman is an amazing noire movie and a new standard for Batman movies. This movie doesn’t really have much levity, but you shouldn’t expect jokes when you go into a new Batman movie. I also want to mention that Robert Pattinson has the best silhouette in the Batman costume that I’ve seen, in my opinion. All I can say is that you have to see this in the best theater that you can. Whether it be IMAX, 4DX, or just in a regular theater it will be worth it. I give The Batman 10 Bat Signals out of 10.