Review of Batman: The Killing Joke
3 out of 5 stars.
No spoilers here. Saw it in the theater on July 25, 2016.
I had never read The Killing Joke (on purpose - DC was and is milking Batman more than any other character or group is, DC OR Marvel, for the past 20 years. There is too much content. Wolverine for a while was a close second I'd say.
I found the movie enjoyable overall. I am aware that a couple things were added (of course they were) which were not part of the original story, but still found the movie very good.
My biggest complaint is with what my fellow collectors would call the most important scene. I won't name it, but they'll know what I mean. It actually did NOT work well with me. Part of the reason was because they missed a key "sound effect" (a police siren), and then they altered how the "word play" went. Since the scene in question has been a long-standing point of contention with people (because it's left deliberately unclear in the comic book), I felt that they could have handled it better.
The animation was typical American half-assery (which was annoying because the "frame rate" was as log as any regular cartoon) and if they thought this was going to be a masterpiece, they should have made the animation smoother.
Voice actin was spot on, and that was expected since they used voices that are known and loved.
Another shortcoming was the MUSIC. Despite, in the theater, there being a big to-do after the movie about the music composition and production, it was sorely lacking. There were far too many "silent" moments in the movie where music would have fixed it and made it better. And the "musical number" that was to be a key eerie point of the story? Bah. Fail.
So, due to the shortcomings, I give this a 3 out of 5 stars.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (parts 1 and 2) was FAR better.#thekilling
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