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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Batman: The Killing Joke Movie Review

The Trailer

The Good:
It was interesting to see how this animated film decided to have about three stories all in one. Rather than focusing simply on Batman and the Joker's story, we're given an additional plot of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. The benefit of this additional Batgirl story is that it adds a lot more depth to the characters of Batgirl and Batman as well.

Besides the first 40 mins of Batgirl's story, the second half of the film is almost a straight forward adaptation from the comic book. Most comic fans always wish for this, so it was definitely appreciated to see many of the same quotes and panels used in the movie. In regards to the story itself, it still maintains as a timeless classic of the relationship between Batman and the Joker's unique relationship. The story focuses on how both men are just two sides of the same coin and how they may not be as different as perceived.

Kevin Conroy is always a major plus when he voices Batman, and the exact same can be said for Mark Hamill voicing the Joker. It's almost impossible to separate both voice actors from these characters. Hamill especially

The Bad:
I suppose my only issue is in the actual drawing of this film. I understand that this was more than likely drawn in a fashion similar to the 1980's comic that this movie was based on. However, this is just a matter of personal preference for me, so take it or leave it. I would have preferred some of the more contemporary styles of animation for the characters.

The Reason:
I found it rather difficult to critique this movie because it really didn't divert away from the original Batman: The Killing Joke comic book. Some people apparently have some issue with a certain scene involving Batman and Batgirl. In my opinion, it was nothing short of what many suspected for decades anyway.

If you're a comic fan, then your enjoyment of this film will more than likely depend on how you enjoyed the comic. If you're unfamiliar with the 1980's comic, then I'm not sure this film will be as well received as other Batman animated films. There isn't the same level of action and suspense, so some audiences may feel a bit under served. Personally, I enjoyed the film simply because I've always found the weird relationship and the deeper meaning between the Joker and Batman to be fascinating.

The Rating: 7.0/10
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My [Loosely based] Ratings scale
10-9 = A Must watch at any cost. 
8.5- 7.5 = Theater worthy 
7-6.5 = Matinee/rental worthy at best
6 = Watchable (If it's free)
5 - below = Avoid at all costs

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