Garrett and Carson are once again joined by a guest — this time to solve the riddle of Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.”
A new Batman. One might ask how could there possibly be a new Batman that is different than the ones we have already seen. We have seen him dark and gloomy. We have seen him grounded in reality. We have seen him fight men who can fly. Unfortunately, we have also seen him neon and ridiculous. Now, we can add gritty and brooding to the list.
The Batman features Robert Pattinson as our new caped crusader. He leans into the “World’s Greatest Detective” title Batman has earned in DC Comics more than we have ever seen before on the big screen. The approach is new and interesting, however, the 3 hour runtime does this a disservice.
When I first saw the original trailer for The Batman, I had hoped they would make it an R Rating rather than PG-13. I understand that would limit accessibility, but this was the right time, cast, feel, and plot to go for it. “Battinson” is in a world without Superman, similar to the Christian Bale version. You do not need to protect these other kid-friendly DC properties as they will never cross-over. This franchise could have stood out from the pack, much like (formerly Netflix’s) Daredevil Series. Instead, they straddle the line of not really appropriate for kids and not violent enough to make it different from the rest.
I thought this was going to be yet another young adult sci-fi entry, and well, I was kinda right… I guess? Most franchises like to start big and develop a fanbase. Then go back via unnecessary prequels and explore all of the nooks and crannies of the story in order to milk the franchise for all its worth. Kin feels like the filmmakers have a 6 movie arc laid out and a whole world built in their head, but they chose to lead with the boring prequel. Chronologically, this may make the most sense, but one doesn’t have to look too far to find examples of a franchise that may have died an early death if it led with its prequels…
The draw of Kin wasn’t a family drama. It was the intrigue of how the sci-fi elements would come into play with those family dynamics. Unfortunately, we just don’t get to see enough of the sci-fi. What is there seems cool and I would like to see more, but the rest of the movie was a color-by-number family relationship that plodded along in ways that weren’t unique. Having said that, I actually think this movie would be better if it dropped all of the sci-fi aspects and just focused on the family and how James Franco’s gangster squad terrorizes them. With a bit more investment into that storyline, the movie could have had a far greater impact.
Kin feels out of place in theaters and I can’t help but feel it would have been a perfect Netflix movie situated right next to the equally bad Bright. While I have no interest in a sequel, I wouldn’t mind hearing more of the Mogwai-produced score. It was easily the best part of the movie.
The best thing about Kin is a gruff Dennis Quaid. That guy should be in everything. Zoe Kravitz is a close second. Kin is marketed as a sci-fi action-adventure movie, but what you get is more of a road-trip-bonding movie between two brothers. One of them just happens to have a high-tech/alien/futuristic gun. Once you get past what feels like a bait and switch, Kin is still entertaining. Although, I feel like it missed on what could have been a more emotional connection between the characters which would have benefited this movie greatly.