Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Batman:Year One. Quick Movie Review.

Batman: Year One.

Cast.  Bryan Cranston, Eliza Dushku

Writers: Tab Murphy(Screenplay) Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli

Directors: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

***'s out of four.

I have not seen anyone of these animated tales of the Batman before because I was afraid they would tone down some of the subject matter and make it more kid friendly. It is after all an animated movie, and you tend to not go so far when you are dealing with a format that many still believe is strictly for kids.   Well my hat is off in respect to both DC and Warner Bros for sticking to their guns and releasing a pretty accurate interpretation of the graphic novel written by Frank Miller("Sin City") and David Mazzucchelli.

The story follows both Jim Gordon (Bryan Cranston) and Bruce Wayne (Ben McKenzie) at the start of their careers as crime fighters.  Bruce still haunted by the past of his parents being murdered wants to fight back hard at the criminal element in the city, but needs to become something that will strike fear into their hearts and minds.  Jim wants to be a good cop, but it's hard to be one when all the rest of them are all crooked and are owned by a mob boss. How are either of them going to survive in a world this twisted.

I would say that this feature is more Gordon's origin story then that of Batman's.  True we get the flash back of him as a kid when his parents were murdered, and we have the famous sequence of how he chose the name, but this one dives deeper into the life of Gordon.  It shows him to be a good  human being who tries to do the right thing, but he also has some flaws which I like because it means he is not perfect.  The addition of having Catwoman (Eliza Dushku) appear in this  felt wasted, because it really added nothing of significance to the story.   The action sequences were really well animated and shows how 2D animated when done right can still WOW people.  It almost looks like someone took a camera inside this world and caught every single punch, and kick that these characters did.  Also for an animated feature, it is very well acted.  I haven't been this impressed by voice acting work in a made for DVD video since "Spawn: The Animated Series".  I will be checking out more of these movies in the future.


  1. Bryan Cranston as Commissioner Gordon?! I'm sold. Though hearing that the character of Catwoman is wasted doesn't surprise me much - the same character was wasted in "The Dark Knight Rises"

    1. Thank you for the comment Alex, but Anne Hathaway in tight leather outfits. is never a waste

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