Cohost of Junkfood Cinema podcast
Former President of the Austin Film Critics Association
This movie is exceedingly well-constructed. It looks great, sounds amazing, and the story is darker and grittier than most Batman flicks without seeming oppressively bleak.
Make no mistake, this is a fantastic Batman movie.
I think I’m just done caring about Batman movies.
I say that with no smugness or delusions of superiority. Quite the contrary, it breaks my heart. Batman was always my favorite comic book character, and yet the deluge of superhero stuff has finally reached the point of diminishing returns with me and, while I praise the quality of THE BATMAN, I find myself shrugging more than cheering.
Gorgeous and sonically kinetic tribute to London’s swinging 60’s. A major step forward for Edgar Wright as an artist and a storyteller in that it is a tribute but not a love letter. Edgar familiarity celebrates the music but doesn’t fetishize the era and in fact ventures into legitimate horror to expose the ugly side of one of the fabled points in time and space.
Dark, surreal, and at times genuinely scary, all building to a formidable climax.
So happy this was the first secret screening of Fantastic Fest!