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Fantasy - Superheroes

The Batman

Duration2h 55m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11 
Source of storyYet another Batman franchise begins.
DirectorMatt Reeves
Writers/ScriptMatt Reeves, Peter Craig, (Batman created by Bill Finger and Bon Kane)
StarringRobert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard, 
RatingsIMDb: 8.6 by 132,080 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 85% by an amazing 365 reviewers. Review2view: 6.8/10

Elevator Pitch: Gotham is a dark rain soaked city where criminals are about and as a result the Batman (Robert Pattinson), generally thought of as a troublesome vigilante, except by Lt Gordon, is lurking in the dark. There is a club within a club inhabited by the mob leaders and out there in the dark a man wearing what looks like an S&M helmet is capturing the important people in the city, who he accuses of corruption before killing them. Batman is assisted by Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) who ventures into the club in a slinky outfit to help him identify the villains, and later when he is overwhelmed by bad guys she fights alongside him. But the man in the S&M helmet has a plan for the city which may be beyond the Batman to resolve.

Content: There is no sex or nudity, although Batman and Catwoman kiss twice. Batman knows who Catwoman is, but she does not know who he is. Batman assists Lt Gordon (Who we know will later become Commissioner Gordon) in interrogating villains. The man who turns out to be the Riddler elbows his way into their lives gruesomely murdering the people who have been in charge. There is one protracted car chase, Batman driving the Batmobile, which we never get a good view of, in the dark and in the rain. Catwoman as Selina identifies the villains in the club for Batman. There is quite a bit of gunfire and some explosions.

A View: I was really looking forward to this movie, although apprehensive about its running time. It was an intense three hours, missing in my view, the fun scenes where we are shown the latest super equipment the Batman has available, and Bruce Wayne’s interaction with Alfred (Andy Serkis in this film), wonderfully portrayed in the Christopher Nolan films by Michael Caine. Here Alfred’s only involvement is to be blown up. And I admit to having a problem with films which are presented solely in the dark. I like to see what’s going on. Hence, this outing failed in a number of areas for me, but overall it was “fine”. 

Films featuring Zoë Kravitz reviewed on this site include: Rough Night, Mad Max: Fury Road and Divergent.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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