Title: The Batman
Director: Matt Reeves
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated: PG-13 (For strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material)
There is a scene halfway into “The Batman” that I dubbed as ‘the Mighty Mouse’ scene with the group I was with. The scene in question involves Batman on the run from the police, ultimately escaping by jumping off the building and using his suit and cape to glide onto a moving truck. Instead of landing on the truck and escaping with his dignity intact, he hits a bridge, bounces off the roof of the truck, rolls along on the pavement below with little skips in the roll, to ultimately get up with a cartoonish “ugh” while there is no one around to question how a man managed to do a Looney Toons skit and not break any bones. This scene stood out to me not only because it was laughably stupid and corny, but because it was in a movie that I would otherwise classify as an excellent film. For Matt Reeve’s “The Batman” is so intriguing, so unlike most blockbuster movies we see, so clearly made by a visionary, that this little thirty second scene stood out THAT much more!
The good news is now that we have essentially gotten the one terrible thing about this out of the way, I can now describe why “The Batman” is one of the best movies of the year (and why us critics tend to roll our eyes at the latest Marvel release). For here is a movie that actually feels like a movie. It feels like art. It’s ironic that it has been released a week after a 50th anniversary re-release of “The Godfather,” as this movie has almost the same feeling of being an instant classic. Some may question such a statement when I opened the review complaining about the ‘Mighty Mouse scene,’ however even Francis Ford Coppola’s classic included the infamous “invisible punch” scene, so we must remind ourselves that even perfect movies aren’t so perfect sometimes. Who has time to let a single moment of silliness detract from a movie that is otherwise so confident in what it is doing, that the audience has no choice but to take notice?!