A little over two months ago I watched one of the greatest superhero movies I’ve ever seen in theaters. It was, of course, The Batman. From the first minute to the last the film gripped me and never let go. The dank, darkness of Gotham’s world sucked me in and for nearly three hours I was riveted by the journey “Vengeance” had to take to officially become “The Batman.”
It was mind-blowing, intense, horrifying, romantic, stirring, basically everything you’d want a Batman origin story to be but there’s always that question. Was the movie really that good or was it heavily aided by IMAX? Well, I can confirm that The Batman really is that good.
This morning I logged into my HBO Max account and revisited my favorite film of the year so far, a movie so beautiful in its storytelling and visuals that it’s like a feast for a cinema lover. This is no regular superhero film. It is an experience. A moody reimagining of a character we know so well it’s almost shocking a director found a new way to tell this hero’s story.
So, I saw The Batman in IMAX for the second time yesterday and it’s official, I love this movie. It’s dark (literally), gloomy, intense, mysterious, oddly romantic, and piercing to the very soul.
Surprisingly, this movie is at its best in its first twenty minutes and last twenty minutes. The film’s opening is shockingly fantastic; from the gruesome murder scene that actually makes The Riddler incredibly scary to Pattinson’s ICONIC debut as this decade’s newest iteration of Batman, the movie starts with a bang.
And then the ending is just as moving. Batman is now looked upon as an official hero of Gotham. The Riddler, now in Arkham Hospital, is cooking up a “comeback story” with The Joker. And Selina Kyle and Batman have to part ways despite having incredibly strong feelings for one another. The final shot makes me giddy just thinking about the sequel.
And then there’s the rest of the movie which happens to be a heck of a mystery/thriller with some of the most beautiful shots I have EVER seen in a film, period. There’s so much to love about this film; the perfectly choreographed action scenes (particularly the car chase and the hallway fight), SELINA KYLE, the brooding music, Pattinson’s totally emo take on Batman and Bruce Wayne, the way he uses his eyes in every scene. Oh, I could go on and on about this fantastic film but there is one major problem with this movie: The Riddler.
I can’t believe it. In two weeks I will be walking into my local Regal to see the Dark Knight on the big screen. Am I expecting it to be a great movie like one of the Nolan Batman movies? No. I am expecting a good movie though.
The Riddler is an antagonist I’m not very familiar with which allows Matt Reeves to flesh out the character in a way where it doesn’t feel like I’m comparing him to some other performance. I mean, Jim Carrey was funny as The Riddler but he definitely wasn’t this dark, creepy version of the character and I am hoping he’s as thrilling a villain as he seems in the trailers and that one riveting clip.
I’m also very excited to see Zoe Kravitz add her name to the iconic long line of Catwoman. She looks perfect for the role, she seems like the right choice opposite Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne, and yeah, I’m ready to see her kick butt on the big screen.
Very soon we’ll be getting The Batman‘s world premiere and that means we’ll hear what the critics have to say. Hopefully, their feedback is positive.
All in all, I’ve got my tickets secured and I am thrilled that this will be the first film I see in theaters this year.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.
Well, the first reactions for Eternals are in and it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Some are calling the film “epic” and “sweeping” while others are calling it “convoluted” and “10-ish minutes too long.” Unfortunately, out of all the miniature (mostly spoiler-free reviews I’ve seen) none of the critics are calling it Marvel Studios’ best film. Here are some of reactions to give you an idea of what to expect with the upcoming film.
I knew it. I knew since the first teaser that The Suicide Squad was going to be a bad movie and sure enough, my gut proved to be right.
James Gunn is looking like a one-hit wonder at this point because his last two movies have just not done it for me. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 could’ve easily been better than the first one but its chaotic storytelling, excessive hollering, and attempt at a heartfelt moment with Yondu even though they didn’t share much screentime together in the actual film just left me feeling deflated. And The Suicide Squad suffers because it’s boring!
Shazam! was the surprise that I wasn’t expecting in 2019. I saw the trailers, I watched the tv spots, but I didn’t think the movie was going to be that good. Then I saw its shocking 90% Rotten Tomatoes score (I think it was 92% at the time) and my family and I went to go see it in IMAX. Suffice it to say, we loved it!
And the plot twist of all the kids becoming Shazam heroes was a surprise I wasn’t expecting. We all clapped with glee in response.
Since then, I’ve watched the movie several times. In fact, I was watching Shazam! last night on TBS. It’s such a fun movie with such a lovable cast and storyline. Unsurprisingly, besides The Batman, it’s the DC Comics movie I’m most excited for and right now they’re filming.
Because the director, David F. Sandberg, understands that there will be photos of the film leaking online he went ahead and shared our first look at the new suits for our Shazam family. Here they are.
Yep, that’s an upgrade ladies and gentlemen! And in case you don’t see the difference…