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Batz in da' Hood? Batman: Under the Red Hood review!!!

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“Batman: Under the Red Hood” is the latest Batman animated adventure, an abbreviated take on Batman’s pursuit of Red Hood, an old adversary formerly incarnated by The Joker. Red Hood (voiced by Jensen Ackles) arrives at Gotham with an agenda to take down the criminal underworld, but unlike the Dark Knight, he is willing to tumble the unlawful with murderous precision.

Batman (Bruce Greenwood) is caught in the middle of a street war, one furiously heading towards the mafia chain’s head doorstep, Black Mask (Wade Williams). Batman, reluctantly accepting the assistance of Nightwing (Neil Patrick Harris), goes on a two-tier mission to not only stop the Red Hood’s ravenous cleansing, but to uncover the man behind the crimson guise in hopes to save him from the darkness he’s bound for.

However, Batman’s suspicion of the mysterious rouge’s identity might prove true; one connecting him with former apprentice and second Robin, the deceased Jason Todd. Batman’s investigation takes him halfway around the world to face arch-enemy Ra’s al Ghul (Jason Issacs) and back to the horrors of Arkham Asylum to confront his greatest rival, The Joker (John Di Maggio).

“Batman: Under the Red Hood” is the latest Warner Bros. Animated films based on the DC Universe series that has produced titles like “Superman: Doomsday” and “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.” Like several of this line of movies, this current entry loosely takes from a big chunk of the character’s comic book mythology and compresses it into a 75 minute feature.

While writer Judd Winick does a decent job to assemble a cohesive and entertaining movie from a complex arch, we don’t see why the producers feel compelled to shorten the film, especially when the insinuated violence and themes are directed towards an older audience. While the maturity of the piece is appreciated, a stronger approach towards character development would have made the movie richer, better achieved with 15 or so added minutes to its disposal.

Nonetheless, this recent addition to the Batman franchise has a lot of upside. Director Brandon Vietti sets the mood with a noir rendition while adding elements of Japanese anime, a refreshing take on Gotham’s urban jungle. And while voice actors Greenwood and Di Maggio won’t let anyone forget the great Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, the two have dignified performances as Batman and Joker, respectively.

Lastly, the movie succeeds in incorporating the mystical aspects of the Batman legend where the live action films have either ignored (the Chris Nolan films), causally hinted at (Tim Burton), or failed at completely (Joel Shitmacher). While not reaching the dramatic and emotional heights of the animated classic “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” or even the underappreciated “Batman: Sub-Zero,” “Batman: Under the Red Hood” should please most Bat-Maniacs.

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Credits:
Directed by: Brandon Vietti
Written by: Judd Winick
Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles


Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
JAS on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 10:08am

I'm not sure why the filmmakers making these DC animated movies are so afraid of slowing it down just a tad to develop the characters. That's the only component missing to make these movies great instead of just good.

I thought Joker was too thug-like and not zany enough, but it works out ok. The twists were a tad too obvious, too. It's easy to see this was, so that a younger audience wouldn't get too lost, but I think Batman fans young and old would at the very least sit through a movie if they weren't totally sure who the villain was.

I still feel "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm" is a great film and one of the top 3, at least, of all Batman films.

P.S. Joel Shitmacker - BRILLIANT!

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