CRITICS’ CORNER: Movie Review – The Batman

Kady Finegan, Staff Reporter, Sophomore

On March 4, the highly anticipated DC film, The Batman was released. The movie stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne in his early years as a hero. He’s still trying to learn the difference between his personal life and life as Batman, searching for the perfect balance between his two personas. While trying to figure out his identity, his character is faced with a crime spree carried out by The Riddler (Paul Dano).

The acting in the film is fantastic, especially by Pattinson. Best known for his role as Edward in Twilight,  here he really proves he can be multifaceted. That’s right, he’s not just a vampire — he can be a vampire bat, too!  All kidding aside, in the film, Pattinson crushes what critics have thought about him in the past. He plays the twisted dark role of Bruce Wayne perfectly, and has amazing chemistry with all of his co-stars, especially Zoë Kravitz who played Catwoman.

With a dark atmospheric intensity, the film juggles multiple plots, with twists and turns that keep the audience engaged throughout the film. The movie keeps you intrigued the whole time and just when it feels like the movie is coming to an end, something new and exciting occurs. This film could be enjoyed as a standalone, even if you haven’t seen previous DC films.

The almost three-hour length of the film is viewer’s main issue, making some audience members a bit antsy, and it is definitely too dark and long for young children to watch. There are multiple side plots occurring throughout the film including one with The Penguin (Colin Farell) that feel like they could also be cut down a bit.

Despite its length, The Batman is a great film that looks good for DC, since their films in the past haven’t always gotten the best reviews. If you are a fan of superhero movies, The Batman is a great movie and worth a watch.