“The Batman” is a wonderful detective thriller with a perfectly cast Robert Pattinson.
Director Matt Reeves delivers a gritty action thriller reminiscent of “Se7en” and “Zodiac,” making “the world’s greatest detective” finally earn the title rather than just appearing on screen as a playboy billionaire.
Robert Pattinson is a love letter to fans who have read the comics, grew up watching the animated series and played the video games. Robert Pattinson delivers a younger and more recognizable Bruce Wayne as he works through family trauma by beating Gotham’s bad guys to a pulp. You can feel his performance not only in the low growl of his voice, but also in the subtle expressiveness of his eyes.
Michael Giacchino’s beautifully haunting score captures the internalized pain and trauma that have built up in the young Bat. Some of Giacchino’s best work can be heard in the nearly seven-minute track ‘The Batman’.
The film cleverly leans into Batman’s vast villainy gallery to insert multiple villains and antagonists – Selina Kyle, the Penguin, Falcone, and Riddler – so that Batman can play instead of pretending that the Bat’s other villains don’t coexist in Gotham City. † KA
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