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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Solid Batman sequel has violence, language, smoking.

Movie R 2021 87 minutes
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This is a very good, if graphic, contribution to the Batman canon that's ultimately best enjoyed by superfans. Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two chronicles Harvey Dent's descent into madness as events transform him into the supervillain Two-Face. While there's considerable action, there's also considerable backstory, as we get into Bruce Wayne's complicated history with one of the two Mafia families responsible for the crime wave rattling Gotham, the emergence of Catwoman, and the usual explorations of how vigilante justice, besides getting into thorny moral ground, creates its own set of new problems. Such backstories, origin stories, and meditations on good and evil are no doubt enjoyed by the fans, but those looking for more direct action will have better luck elsewhere.

Not that there isn't action, and the battle royale at the end is definitely entertaining. But it took two movies' worth of buildup to get there. Nonetheless, the acting is excellent across the board, and when the story is focused on what's happening to Harvey Dent as he begins the transformation into Two-Face, the movie is at its best. Unfortunately, for those not thoroughly versed in the DC Universe, all the side stories and subplots are overwhelming, to say nothing of all the secondary characters. And given the mature content, this isn't the best starting point for kids looking to enjoy Batman's struggles with good and evil.

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