David Lowery knows what he’s doing.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"This is a hardcore origin story...!"
I fully expected this film to be dazzlingly animated and emotionally effective because the chatter has been inescapable. Given that, I didn't think it would be able to surprise me. I was wrong.
At first I thought there was something up with the projection because of the doubling in the background, but I knew that couldn't be right because of the stuff that was so crisp and sharp. It took a while to adjust…
'You look ready.'
This film is easily compared with The Raid, which has essentially the same setup, without the bells and whistles of futuristic drugs and sexy psychic Olivia Thirlby. The Raid, being a relatively low budget martial arts flick, impressed me more. The Raid overcame a neat but slim premise by being extremely creative with its action, not just in its fight choreography, but with the basic setups of each individual conflict. Dredd was brutal, and entertaining, but ultimately…
'Don't be afraid...'
Such a good film. All the stuff up to and including Batman's first appearance is stellar and really holds up, the photography is great and the scene where the audience gets a criminal's POV of Batman is genius (emulated fairly well by The Incredible Hulk, where it makes less sense). I'm less keen on some of the stylistic choices in the latter half of the film, especially when compared with followup The Dark Knight, but it hardly…