The Oscar Project Reviews
While I never had a true problem with Ben Affleck’s version of Batman, I can see why many people claimed Pattison as the best Batman in a long time. However, I don’t share the feelings of the masses that adore this film above all others in the franchise.
It’s a good film, but it’s not a great film. Yes, it’s dark and brooding, just like it’s title character, but in that darkness, I get the feeling of being one dimensional. There are new takes on old characters that we all love, but that’s just the problem. It’s another version of the same stories we’ve been told with the same characters for years, decades even.
Don’t get me wrong, the performances in this film are top notch. Pattinson inhabits The Batman with ease, but seems to struggle with Bruce. Granted, this is not the playboy Bruce we’re used to seeing from Christian Bale or Val Kilmer, but at least Bale was able to play both playboy Bruce and broken Bruce. Zoë Kravitz is the best of the film for my money as Selina Kyle and Catwoman. She is a less polished version of the character than we got from Michelle Pfeiffer or Anne Hathaway and she is clearly a broken character.
Again, my favorite plot points centered not around the battle of wits between Batman and The Riddler from afar, but the internal conflict of Kyle, first trying to find her missing friend, and then seeking revenge on her estranged father, Carmine Falcone. I wonder if the film would have been an even more effective crime drama if that had been the central point to be made.
At nearly three hours of running time, The Batman is too long and too dark (both visually and emotionally) for me to enjoy it as many do. I understand the appeal for some segment of the audience, but hope that the expected sequel takes a slightly different turn.
6 out of 10