Robbie Collin said: “Since 1989, five real Batmen have been “going in and out” of our cinemas. Daily telegram – so you might be wondering if a sixth can offer anything new. But with this latest installment, director Matt Reeves has done something new and surprising: Batman not more of a superhero movie than a “sin” detective thriller with a novelist’s plot.
We meet young reclusive Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) as his “Gotham Project” is still primarily concerned with fighting off raiders and assisting a local police detective (Jeffrey Wright). in the rotting city. But that changes when the two find the mayor of Gotham beaten to death with a coded message next to him. It’s that of the Riddler (Paul Dano), a villain in this movie that’s reasonably supposed to be.
Acting is great, said Charlotte O’Sullivan in London Evening Standard. Pattinson’s Wayne is spoiled and immature, but also smart and full of confidence: “Basically, Hamlet in a balaclava.” Zoë Kravitz excels as Catwoman, while Dano delivers a “spectacular” intense and nuanced performance. It’s one of the most daring movies of the year: I’m amused, entertained, intoxicated, and shocked.
Tom Shone said in Sunday Times, with “a enveloping mixture of toast and shade”. And the action parts are done in a thrilling way, Christina Newland said in Paper i – among them was a roaring car chasing an orange-breathing highway at night. There’s some over-explanation in the second half, but with a gripping plot and heroes filled with contradictions, this will be one of the hair-raising hits of the year.
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