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Batman: Under The Red Hood (2010) – Film Review

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A dark, gritty and dark installment to the Batman animated movies franchise with the death of Robin. It is Batman who is now riddled with guilt, with the Joker being the killer now in imprisoned Arkham and a new anti-hero rises calling himself the “Red Hood” Joker’s old moniker, it is down to Batman to tame beast and find out the mystery of the death of Robin.


The plot is dramatic, clever and even moving in this realistic rendition of the all the character’s involved this is a serious Batman movie lacking in the undercurrent humour that is seen in previous installments (most of the humour is supplied by the Joker).

The turf war with the supervillain Black Mask subplot with the new anti-hero now pulling Gotham’s strings adds an aura of tension with Batman. Having to sort out his guilt and focus on his craft you see the man behind the mask his vulnerabilities, his emotions and his codes being put to the the ultimate test.

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The style of animation is slick, darkly saturated much like the tone of the later animated movies different styles are implemented. Looking at the style of this movies it has a more “realistic” feel to it in terms look matching the drama appropriately.

I viewed this movie in HD (1080p 24fps)  on Warner Bros. Blu-ray. The picture was beautifully saturated boasting the depth and clarity of the animation a really clear and detailed viewing experience.


With a slightly different direction in animation and a highly polished plot this is a true Batman movie.  Highly Recommended


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

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