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A lesson to Hollywood: How to write a comics based movie,
This review is from: Batman: Under the Red Hood (Amazon Exclusive Limited Edition with Litho Cel) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I have to classify this movie as a minor masterpiece. I give most of the credit to the screenwriter. Hollywood's live-action superhero movie producers and writers can learn a lesson here about how to write a screenplay properly when creating comics-based movies. The problems have always been the fact that there is a big audience that knows the stories and a large audience that does not know the stories. The major comics-based movies are all tainted by the supposed need to explain everything and introduce characters to those who know nothing. Likewise, they have to depart from directly adapting the beginning, middle, and ending of previously published stories - no matter how good the original stories may be. These supposed limits have resulted in a long string of mediocre live-action superhero movies.
However, this script deftly and effectively provides all necessary backstory and context so seamlessly and effortlessly that I have to wonder why the big studios never tell the story and make the movies the way it is done here. That this movie is animated is no explanation. With all the advances in live-action, this identical movie could be made with actors, sets, special effects and CGI no problem. The tools of movies are not the problem with movies. It's always been the writing that limits comics-based movies.
All the Batman fans are familiar with the story and know all the spoilers. That problem is dealt with masterfully by the script by weaving it into the tale early on. The 50 years of comic history Hollywood would tediously explain to a new audience is dealt with perfectly using brief, in-context flashbacks, imagery and dialogue that never interrupts the story. The professionalism and polish of the script is in "Casablanca" territory. Every line and scene moves the story, nothing is left out that is needed and nothing is put in that isn't.
The voice acting is good. The actor playing the Joker is the best Joker voice yet. I have no idea how Andrea Romano is able to cast these DC animated movies so well and keep picking the right voices. Not a false note among any of the casting choices. The characters here ring true to form. I think they really got this one right. The Marvel animated producers and creators are put to shame again.
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Initial post: Sep 21, 2010 1:52:12 PM PDT
Alexander V. says:
I found the script to be excellent as well. I just don't agree with your opinion on the Joker casting. The voice didn't fit the character at all and it hurt the movie as it kept reminding me that there is an actor behind the drawing. I could image someone behind a mic, instead of believing the animation. Whenever you have a distraction like that it takes away from the animation. The film is a great film, that only happened whenever the Joker spoke.
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Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2010 8:14:04 AM PST
David Stager says:
A lot of people didn't like the Joker casting here. However, the Joker in this particular story was a lot older -- older than Batman and the actor's voice characterization exactly matched the image and character depiction of the Joker at this age and level of experience. For those reasons I thought it was a particularly good casting choice. We have been spoiled by some great Joker voice actors of the past and I judged this new actor in his first performance on the on the merits and in context with the specific story being told. Everything looked and sounded great on the Blu-Ray to me. I totally understand everyone's differing opinion on the Joker but I think over time people will appreciate the nuance of casting the Joker's voice with a character voice actor.
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