Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One (2021)
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Release date: June 22, 2021
Batman investigates a murder spree that takes place on holidays.
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The first part of a movie that is split into two parts, Batman: The Long Halloween Part One is the first half of the latest DC Animated Movie. Based on the critically acclaimed thirteen-issue limited series that lasted a year (from December of 1996 to December of 1997), this movie, set during Batman's early years as a crime fighter, as he was called in when the nephew of mob boss Carmine Falcone is found murdered after agreeing to aid Harvey Dent with taking him down, causing the caped crusader and district attorney to join forces to take down the Falcone crime family. However, things take a turn for the worst as a Holiday Killer is on the prowl, killing various gangsters on Falcone's side on holidays, and Harvey is showing a darker side in his war against Falcone.
Now this is a movie that feels like a Batman movie. The dark atmosphere it builds up fits with the caped crusader, and the mystery aspect of the plot is neat. Also, the voice cast is perfect, and we get a good selection of characters, with The Joker, Catwoman, Calendar Man, and even Solomon Grundy making appearances.
Fmovies: Inspired by the iconic mid-1990s DC story from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One begins as a brutal murder on Halloween prompts Gotham's young vigilante, the Batman, to form a pact with the city's only two uncorrupt lawmen (Police Captain James Gordan and District Attorney Harvey Dent) in order to take down The Roman, head of the notorious and powerful Falcone Crime Family. But when more deaths occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it becomes clear that, instead of ordinary gang violence, they're also dealing with a serial killer - the identity of whom, with each conflicting clue, grows harder to discern. Few cases have ever tested the wits of the World's Greatest Detective like the mystery behind the Holiday Killer.
Excellent first part.
Too be continued...
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One is a decent take on Batman's early years before Batman evolved into the great detective he is now. Like the other Batman films, Gotham does not appear to be the best place to live. This film stands apart from other animated Batman films because it shows Batman as a novice detective.
The story begins with a brutal murder on Halloween, which prompts Batman (Jensen Ackles) to team up with the two uncorrupt lawmen Police Captain James Gordon (Billy Burke) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Josh Duhamel). They team up to take down Roman, the head of the notorious and powerful Falcone Crime Family. As the team works together, something unexpected occurs. There is a string of deaths that occurs on holidays; then the three realize that they are dealing with a holiday killer. After some investigation, with Batman following the clues, he thinks he knows who the holiday killer is, but he discovers the high cost of being wrong.
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One incorporates settings that are typical in a Batman film. Since the film takes a look at Batman in his earlier years, it helps viewers to understand why he feels compelled to over analyze things. The film's lack of transition between holidays, which is integral to the plot, is a little confusing; the story moves swiftly from one holiday to the next and only ehen something occurs related to the holiday do we know when it is taking place. The animation is reminiscent of Batman the Animated series - nothing too exciting, but workable. The images have lots of straight lines, which gives a different look to the characters, but not so much that it distracts from the plot. Batman is still my favorite character and I like seeing his evolution in the film; as the seasons come and go, he grows.
The message of this film is that sometimes you have to rely on others to help you overcome big problems. Another reminder is to not be afraid to question the evidence before assuming someone is guilty.
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One gets 3 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. This is available now on DVD and on demand.
Reviewed by Ayden P., KIDS FIRST!
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One fmovies. Okay at best. Really just a minor middle of the road Batman animated film with nothing much to offer. Sort of like a C+ student who got a B- by mistake.
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One is the best DC animated movie in years, a dark, atmospheric and suspenseful crime drama. Jensen Ackles is a surprisingly great Batman, Troy Baker is reliably perfect as Joker and Naya Rivera, Josh Duhamel and Billy Burke are all great. The animation is excellent and Chris Palmer's direction is really good. The music by Michael Gatt is good. It's reasonably well paced although some of the time jumps are a little jarring.
This will be a quick review. The animation is good, the voice actors are good, the plot is good. There are some continuity and fallacious moments but overall it actually is a well produced animated movie for Batman.
I have some problems with the characters. I collected the comics and I do not recall some of this character development. I'm guessing this is based on different world, with a different viewpoint.
Overall it was acceptable.