Review in Brief: Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two (2021)

THE LONG HALLOWEEN, PART TWO definitely lands. Like Part One it’s been somewhat streamlined and stripped back from Jeph Loeb’s imposing comic but does the complex characters justice and keeps you riveted and on your toes throughout. After months out of action, Batman (Jensen Ackles) picks up the trail of the Holiday Killer, still at-large and closing in on their final target, Gotham godfather Carmine Falcone (Titus Welliver), all the while DA Harvey Dent (Josh Duhamel) resorts to increasingly desperate measures to clear the streets of organised crime. The film shares a lot of story DNA with Telltale’s Batman games, digging into a problematic past for the Wayne family and bringing Harvey Dent and Catwoman (Duhamal and the late Naya Rivera easily the voice acting MVPs) to the fore as characters with complex agendas. It’s not a perfect film as it begins to lose traction in the final stretch, the penultimate twist paling compared to the final “gotcha” but overall TLH has been a pretty thrilling ride. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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