By 2 Guys Who Watch Movies

Description We are two guys (Robert James and Scott Karr) , AND we watch movies. Lots of movies. Good Movies. Bad Movies, ALL movies. And then with no hallucinogenic anything whatsoever (except caffeine... there is ALWAYS caffeine) we try to imagine the first meeting between writer and studio. Past the pitch meeting this is the first time the studio starts screwing thing up during the first Script meeting.

4 thoughts on “The Batman – The Movie – The Review”
  1. 22:00 I agree completely that fight scenes should not feel slow. However, I’ve seen worse ‘slow’ fight scenes. The Matrix Reloaded is what comes to mind first – THAT movie had some very long fight and chase scenes that drag on way too long, and certainly could have been shortened for the purposes of good pacing. Sometimes, directors just get too fond of the sequences they film to not shorten them and only release the full versions as DVD/Blu-Ray/whatever special features. It can be a tough call to make, but it’s often the right call.
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    26:00 Didn’t MST3k make a running joke out of making fun of overly long ‘walking sequences’ and hallway sequences? Indeed, it’s not just fight scenes that could use editing for pacing reasons. There’s also plenty of other scenes that go far longer than they need to be. True, one needs to build up to certain moments, but one also needs to know when certain scenes wear out their welcome and it’s time to move on to the next scene.
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    Directors need to strike the right balance with scenes, to make sure they are neither too short nor too long. And some have difficulty finding the right balance.
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    Anyway, I’m glad you opened the video with the little disclaimer realizing that maybe doing a video featuring unscripted musings on a movie at 2:15 am might not be the best idea, and including the ‘yawn count’. Of course V-loggers do plenty of vlogs talking about movies they only just saw, and it makes sense for them to do so while the movie’s fresh in their minds. Still, when one’s tired and in need of sleep, it certainly shows.

  2. Question: With a name like ‘Don’t Even Mention Our Name Studios’, how do you think people are going to bring you any sort of attention? πŸ™‚
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    Anyway, this version of the Riddler has more of a socially conscious motivation than many previous versions, but he still does what the Riddler was always meant to do: create challenging riddles and puzzles for the Batman to figure out (and thus emphasize the detective aspect of Batman’s character that justifies him debuting in a comic book called ‘Detective Comics’). I thought the riddles and puzzles were handled well.
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    And I agree that the Bat costume in this movie is pretty good, and it makes sense.
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    I also have to agree that it’s more of a ‘noir’ or a drama than a superhero film. And I think that’s pretty much the intent. This movie is a more ‘grounded’ take on Batman and Gotham City, with social commentary reflecting the time period the film was made. Batman films have had social commentary before (see ‘The Dark Knight’, for example), but this one goes further into discussion of corrupt systems than any previous Batman movie.
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    Personally, I like the ending of the movie, where Batman realizes he doesn’t just have to be ‘vengeance’ – he can also be a symbol of hope. He can inspire people to believe that maybe, just maybe, things really can change for the better, if people put in the time and effort.

    1. First, and I really mean this, thank you for the comments. Did not make the Matrix Reloaded connection at all until you mentioned it. Our Studio Name. Well its an acronym. You see my partner is evil, and wanted to name us Demon Studios. I said on the off chance we ever do make anything people want to watch folks may be taken aback by the name so therefore Don’t Even Mention Our Name Studios or D.E.M.O.N. Originally we were going to write (Scott) and direct (Me Robert) a short horror series called Kisses of darkness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDYYjwqEBn4 we found out really quickly that 1 getting people to act for a promise of income percentage is just about impossible and when you do they turn out to be not very dependable. we got one half of 1 episode ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldlnbUzCuWg )and our star bailed and that was that. We never had any intention of being in front of the camera but when K.O.D didn’t work out we said screw it and came up with script meeting which we are still doing. Then we said well in for a penny…. and started doing the unscripted. Also, yea we try to keep this 100% unscripted and thus we do the review right after we watch the movie, we wont even discuss the film unless we have a camera rolling but this one (The Batman) broke me. Scott tried to talk me into doing it the next day but I wouldn’t listen. Live and learn and start watching movies a lot sooner!

      1. Thanks. I kind of figured the studio name was a joke of sorts, but I wasn’t quite in on the joke until now.
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        Anyway, I generally thought the movie itself (The Batman) was okay, but I agree that it was a bit too long. Some stuff could have been edited and saved for an ‘extended version’ or something like that. Maybe it’s just me, but ever since the Lord of the Rings movies came out with extended versions, a lot of other movies have been doing them, too.
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        Some superhero movies work with a three-hour running time (Avengers Endgame worked, for me at least), but that doesn’t mean EVERY superhero film can, or should, do it. It depends on the story being told, and whether certain scenes really need to be that long.
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        Anyway, it’s good seeing you do movie reviews again. Just try not to be quite as sleep-deprived next time. πŸ™‚

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