I know what you’re thinking: Batman v Robin is such a delight! The latest from the Batman series will keep you on the edge of your seat and end with a memorable performance by Chris Pine as Robin. Just when you thought the action couldn’t get any more exciting, it does. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more exciting showdown in all of film. What I find incredible about this film is how it managed to keep the excitement level up through the entirety. Even when the action draws to a close and the tension starts to dissipate, the film keeps you engaged due to the sheer entertainment value it provides. There is very rarely a movie that so enlivens the experience as this one. For this reason, it’s one of my favorite movies of the year thus far.
Why Is It So Addictive?
To put it simply, this movie is just plain fun to be in! From the very beginning, the camera work is extraordinary. Director Matt Reeves keeps the action slick and smooth, which makes it all the more exciting when the camera zooms in for a close-up. It gives you a real sense of impending danger. The performances are incredible as well. Everyone in the cast is doing an incredible job, but I feel Robin in particular stands out. Chris Pine truly inhabits the dual identity of the character, embodying both sides of his character perfectly. The climax definitely takes its toll on Bruce Wayne as well, as we see the traumatic events from his perspective. All of this, along with the brilliant script, makes for one unforgettable film. Addictive is the perfect word to describe this film. It’s compelling, engaging, and a pleasure to watch from start to finish.
Will It Make Money?
The thing about Batman v Robin that makes it so interesting is that, unlike most superhero films, it doesn’t center around the struggle for survival. Not one bit. The main characters don’t need to eat or drink, and they don’t fight for their lives. It’s easy for these films to go for the cheap thrill, the superhero punch-up, but what makes this film so special is that it gives you a sense that the characters are enjoying themselves. Even in the midst of battle, you can see that they’re having fun. There is also a sense of humor throughout the film, particularly during the climax. The whole thing is just plain enjoyable. It’s an escape for the most part, and that’s what makes it so interesting.
As much as I enjoyed Batman v Robin, there is one aspect about it that I feel could’ve been improved upon. The film’s antagonist, Victor Fries, was over-the-top in his portrayal. In a scene toward the end of the movie, he’s talking to Commissioner Gordon about Harvey Dent’s true identity. Fries wants Gordon to admit that Harvey is the greatest defender of the people they’ve ever had, and that he could easily be the next governor. One thing leads to another, and before you know it, Fries is declaring war on Gotham City. For the sake of argument, let’s just say that Fries’ plan goes awry, and he ends up destroying most of the city in the process. Would it have been so hard to tone it down just a little bit? A little propaganda here and there, and it would’ve made a massive difference. Instead, we get the over-the-top, cheese-fest that is The Dark Knight Rises.
If you’re a fan of Batman, then you already know that he’s been around for quite some time. It would be remiss of me not to point out that this year is the 70th anniversary of Batman. The character was initially created by artists Bob Kane and Bill Elders in 1939. Since then, he’s become a staple of popular culture. Hollywood has also returned the favor, giving us several films and TV shows dedicated to the World’s Greatest Detective. Even this year, in addition to Batman v Robin, we’ve got the phenomenal Gotham and The Mist. It’s safe to say that Batman represents a huge portion of popular culture, with films, video games, and theme songs bearing his name. So much so that, when the musical guest on Saturday Night Live is playing a character based on the popular icon, you know it’s going to be awesome.
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