I at least think I shouldn't like it because where is the character depth? Bruce Wayne? Falcone? Catwoman? Her little thing with Annika (who cares about Annika)?
And The Riddler is like a girl. What a lame villain. He's whiny. In the mask he was okay, but after it's just too much cringe. I don't like this Paul Dano guy anyway. He's so whiny. He's worse than Joaquin Phoenix in Joker. Has anyone seen There Will Be Blood with Daniel-Day Lewis? They cast that same dork in that one and he's annoying as hell but more so in this movie.
They set so many things up and it's like nothing is interesting or climatic, or if climatic it just fizzles out. Climactic car chase over a false lead? And they literally (I used literally correctly here) set the person aside. Investigating a murder scene soon after witnessing the murder take place? Way to take 90% of the suspense out of the scene
I think this movie is kind of pissing me off but only because it's so beautifully shot. I think I'm a Greig Fraser fan but I don't think I like Matt Reeves very much. I don't even like Cloverfield or the new Planet of the Apes films he directed anyway.
Who are the memorable characters in this film?
I hated the first half. It got better towards the end.
I disagree with your take on the Riddler. Personally I think it made him more real, less cartoonish. I mean he was the embodiment of ever shooter we've seen in the last 20 years. The whole, "my life has been s*** and the whole city needs to pay because of it". Attitude.
What I didn't like about it is if you're going to make a more "realistic" Batman movie you can't go halfway with it. I mean 1 detective was insupport of Batman and they just went along with it? C'mon, you know how many times real police would have just arrested the caped crusader for interfering with an investigation lol.
What I did find interesting was the end. I mean Batman has always had an edge to him. He's marked by the death of his parents and that is his motivation for what he does. But after being dark a film long, after he saves Gotham he says he can't be just the punisher of the criminal element. He has to give the city hope. I mean we always knew this about Batman. I don't know if they did this because they were trying to get us on board with Pattinson's version of Batman or not.
Make fun of me if you like but at it's core Batman has an image to maintain. At his core he'll always have rules he cannot break or we'll stop seeing him as the hero and reject the movie. But each incarnation of the Batman always has to surpass the last. Or we reject it as well.
I don't think this was the best Batman. But I didn't hate it.