As a huge fan of Batman, I was very excited back when this movie was first announced with Ben Affleck directing and starring. Things changed quickly when he dropped out of directing and was replaced with Matt Reeves and Ben returning as Batman. Then in a quick turn, Ben dropped out of staring which allowed Matt to direct his version of Batman. And what Matt delivered was a spectacular masterpiece.
The Batman has themes from movies such as Chinatown, Seven, and Zodiac all rolled into one. Matt took heavy influences from multiple comic books such as Year One, The Long Halloween, and Earth one. The Batman is visually astonishing and something fresh that most comic fans have been yearning for.
Robert Pattinson killed it as Batman, not so much as Bruce Wayne (we will talk more about that on our podcast review). Zoe Kravitz (Catwoman), Jeffery Wright (James Gordon) and John Turturro (Carmine Falcone) all turn in outstanding performances. In my mind, both Paul Dano (Riddler) and Colin Farrell (Penguin) stole the movie. I am excited we will see more of Colin as OZ on his HBO Max spin off series.
That Batman is smart, thrilling, engaging, and entertaining ride through a Gotham City that I hope to see revisited many more times. Make sure to see it on the big screen before it goes to HBO Max on April 19.
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A most interesting take on The Batman that works so well. We have grown accustomed to seeing the Dark Night as a fully fleshed out character. We expect Suave Bruce Wayne by day and caped crusader by night. Was there not bound to be problems in the beginning, growing pains and doubts. The theme of questions saturates this film with more layers then an onion. Pattinson embodies this character with loathing and angst so well. This film somehow transported me back to the first time I saw Brandon Lee as the Crow and I liked it. I heard Colin Farrell was in this movie. I never saw him, but I felt his energy. Go see The Batman. Don’t wait to stream it. Sit in a dark theater and spend three hours in this universe Matt Reeves has so skillfully built.
The Last Duel is a movie that demands a lot from its audience, it’s both emotionally and intellectually exhausting. It was refreshing to see a story being told from three different viewpoints.
There is enough dramatic material, excellent performances, and engaging moments of gruesome action that make The Last Duel is interesting and compelling to watch from start to finish. If you’re a fan of director Ridley Scott, you need to give The Last Duel a viewing.
This is more entertaining than its predecessor, but the supporting cast isn’t as strong, and Hammer’s presence doesn’t help the situation. It’s worthy of a one-time watch due to Branagh, Mackey and Gadot, & the stellar cinematography & production design.
Ultimately, Death on the Nile is an entertaining film but feels less like a blockbuster production you watch on opening night and more like a film you stream on a quiet evening at home.
Honorable Mention – “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse.” You would think with all the incredible source material Hollywood would be able to make a good movie. The only reason this movie didn’t break the top five, it has a few action senses that are phenomenal.
5-“Halloween Kills.” I was sad this move made the list. The last Halloween movie was incredible. This movie focused more on gore and less on character.
4- “Outside the Wire.” Hollywood is really trying to make Anthony Mackie a thing or his agent it terrible. Poorly paced movie with too many plot holes.
3- “Gunpowder Milkshake.” The name should have been enough for me to avoid. An incredible cast without anything to do.
2- “F9.” John Cena couldn’t even save this mess. I see why the Rock left the franchise. I mean they take a car to outer space.
1- “Space Jam a New Legacy.” Just call it what it was, “CASH GRAB”. I honestly forgot they were playing basketball. The best parts of this movie where the 2D animations. I enjoyed LeBron in “Trainwreck” back in 2015, but what was he doing here. This might be the worst movie I have seen in the past decade and I sat through “Jungle”.
Disclaimer – this list is based off the movies I was able to view in 2021. There are a few movies from 2021 that I have yet to see that might have made the list had I viewed them such as “The Green Knight” and “The last Duel.”
“I Care a Lot” Rosamund Pike is captivating in this flick. You will love to hate her throughout the movie.
5-“Nobody” Who knew Bob Odenkirk could do action? This movie had great action with a mix of Christopher Lloyd kicking ass. If you are a fan of John Wick, give Nobody a watch.
4-“Ghostbusters Afterlife” I was late to this party. Is this movie just a ton of fan service?? Yes, but you couldn’t kick the smile off my face for days after watching this one on the big screen. As a kid from the 80s and 90s, I was so happy after watching this flick.
3-“The Mitchells vs the Machines” This flick defiantly fell under the radar. One of the best animated movies I have seen since Zootopia. A gem on Netflix and worth checking out.
2-“007 No Time to Die” A great bookend to the Daniel Craig series. One of Daniel Craigs better outings as James Bond.
1-“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” I knew nothing of this character going into this movie and was surprised how Marvel handled this origin story. I talked about this movie for weeks after viewing and was quick to rewatch a few times once it hit Disney Plus. It was a refreshing take on a superhero origin story. If you are here reading this, my guess is you have already watched Shang-Chi and enjoyed it.