Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Desmond's Vantage


By Desmond Guy

      Batman: Under the Red hood
The movie opens with a daring caper. Batman races through the snow covered corners of Bosnia riding the Bat Pod. Very cool! The next scene takes us to an abandoned warehouse where we witness Batman’s arch nemesis, the Joker, maliciously beating the Boy Wonder, Robin, to a bloody pulp with a crowbar. The movie then heads back to Gotham City with the Dark Knight teaming with his former protégé', Nightwing, formerly the first Robin. The duo begin to battle another larger than life super villian, Amazo. This particular confrontation displays the camaraderie between Batman and his former partner. It is if the two has never miss a beat.
The movie really stays true to the spirit of the original characters that DC comics created. Each character is depicted exactly as they are intended to were originally created. Batman with his cold calculating wit. Nightwing with his ever chatting ways. This is a throwback to the 1970’s version of the character of Robin as depicted in Suprfriends and the campy 1960’s Batman TV series. The Joker is also true to form as this character is a very good blend of last two big screen incarnations of the Joker as portrayed by late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knigh 2008) and Jack Nicholson. (Tim Burton’s 1989 version of Batman)

     I also like the encounter with the mysterious Red Hood. He always seemed to be a step ahead of the former dynamic duo. This movie in particular showcases a side of Batman in a new light. You can see how easily he can become a dark persona. You also witness how the weight of being Gotham City’s dark avenger carries a heavy burden on him. This adds a human element to the character of Batman that is often not shown. I'd recommend this movie to all ages as it's Batman at his best! A must see! Five stars!
is a great movie! In my opinion, it is one of the best animated movies that I have seen to date. It is right up there at the very top of a short list of my favorite animated films, five stars!

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