Batman (2022)

Very interesting Batman movie, inspired by various comics like Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Year One, Batman: Hush, Batman: Ego, etc. This time, you won’t see the Dark Knight fighting against planet buster folks like Superman or Doomsday or anything superheroic involving Justice League, The League of Shadows etc etc. Nope.

Let’s lower the bar just a little bit. If you expect the Bat to swiftly eliminated his opponents here and there ninja-style, you’ll be disappointed. This is the rookie, relatively inexperienced Batman who mostly work using his detective skills (Batman Begins, anyone?). Well not suprisingly, the enemy is Riddler.

The Riddler in Hush. See the resemblance?

Not just Ridler, though. There’s also Penguin. As the Riddler killed certain Gotham citizens, some cryptic clues were left, and it’s up to Batman and Comissioner Gordon to solve the puzzles to hopefully prevent the next victim.

In previous Batman movies, we typically see Alfred as a fatherly figure for Bruce. Not in this movie. We see more dynamics, some clashes/conflicts here and there.

Gordon is depicted as cooperative, thinking cop here, not just simply waiting for clues from the Batman. Nice to see that.

And also it’s nice to know that Catwoman isn’t a mere fancy burglar.

OK, enough with the plot. On the otherside, I think the cinematography is also excellent. The city felt very… real. You see cars and people passing by in the day. And in the night, accompanied by impending music, watch out for shadows. You’ll never know from where “I am vengeance” strikes.

I really like the movie that I watched it 3 times. Hehehe…

Spiderman: No Way Home

From the very beginning (yes, I’m talking about Tobey Maguire’s 2002 movie, back to good old high school days), practically *all* Spiderman movies fall in the “okay-ish” category for me. Not really enjoyable like Guardian of The Galaxy series, but also not that bad like Iron Man 3 (yes, I’m still looking at you).

Gonna make No Way Home (NWH) an exception for a few reasons, though.

First, we see how Peter Parker’s character develop. In the previous 2 Spiderman movies, and also Avenger movies, we say Peter as a young reckless kid with superpower who need mentoring here and there. Now he’s an adult. Or at least in the middle of transition phase from teenager to adult. Adults don’t run away from problems. They think how to solve them. And act. In Peter’s case, Tony Stark, the man he looked up to, was already dead.

Excluding Aunt May and Happy, he’s pretty much alone.

Second: second chance (sorry pun intended). Aunty May got killed by Green Goblin. in his enranged anger, Peter almost delivered the final blow. Nope, didn’t happen. Why? Intervened by another Spiderman (Tobey). He almost killed the man who killed Uncle Ben, but didn’t do it. Simple reasoning: Uncle Ben was dead already and killing the murderer won’t turn him into a better man. So instead he delivered the serum to Goblin, and left the man confused. And there’s another nice touch, a very nice one: MJ almost died from falling, but got saved by… another Spiderman (Andrew). I could imagine he still regret of not being able to save Gwen, and very likely got redempted after saving MJ.

And finally the third one: multiverse is a b*tch.

Doc Strange granted Peter’s wish to make everyone forget he’s Spiderman, except those who already knew him before. Unfortunately, that also includes the bad guys, and somehew Strange’s incantation was screwed up, so multiple universes collided and those bad guys (Doc Oc, Green Goblin, Electro, Lizard, Sandman) suddenly appeared in this particular universe. Umm.. quantum mechanics it not my field, so won’t comment further. But anyway, this reality warping thing is very very annoying: turning time back, moving someone to different place instantly, turning blackholes into butterflies, creating mirror dimension, etc. Being able to do anything, including defying laws of logic seems very very very scary to me. OK, I accept Strange isn’t a high-tier, uber level reality warper like Franklin Richard. He does that, on smaller scale. In this category, sure our Supreme Sorcerer is not alone. There’s also the Scarlett Witch. I wonder what are the other bad things that will happen, though. So Doc Strange, time to undo… I mean fix what you’ve done.

Dune

For brutalist architecture afficionados like me, Dune provides plenty of visual treats.

Damn massive buildings, spaceships, etc. Not sure how you perceive such constructions: perhaps cold? gloomy? inhuman? tolalitarian? As a fan of geometric shapes, I find them to be very aesthetically pleasing.

And seems Mr Villeneuve is a wide angle fans. Just take a look.

Notice how he intentionally make humans looks itty-bitty compared to a massive man-made construction.

And of course: the dune itself.

Man, what’s so interesting about massive sand areas? They are really fascinating. Really. Just ask Edward Weston 🙂

No Time to Die

Kinda shocking.

For the first time, in the history of James Bond movies (the first one, Dr No was released in 1962 and No Time to Die is the 25th), we finally see Bond… dead. Yes… dead. Mmm but did he really… nevermind, just safely assume that way: he’s dead.

One thing I particularly like about this movie is in spite of all the government attempt to build killing operatives, Bond is after all still a human. He still has feelings, which eventually lead us to his legacy…. please enjoy the movie yourself.

Anyway, wonder who will be the next 007. Hmmm….