25 Apr 2018

Batman Ninja (Junpei Mizusaki, 2018)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼

Gathering all-star Gotham baddies from Poison Ivy to (sumo) Bane to Gorilla Grodd, following a campy no-brainer time-travelling screenplay based on 'rule of cool' and replete with cheesy one-liners, borrowing from just about every anime trope you could possibly imagine when thinking about the clash of feudal Japan with modern technology, and boasting sharp voice-acting, sweeping musical score and absolutely jaw dropping animation especially during the mid-section which perfectly mimics aquarelle art, Batman Ninja is the complete opposite of Junpei Mizusaki's earliest directorial effort (The Poem of Collected Sunlight, a meditative segment of 2005 omnibus Zoo) - it is a loud, invigorating, self-parodic, no-holds-barred and highly entertaining romp that bursts with colors and takes itself as seriously as the Joker.

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