The Batman, a nearly three-hour film noir that takes a risk in how it portrays characters we’ve come to know and love, has returned. Matt Reeves is the man behind the improvements that attempted to give the comics a more realistic feel. After a flop early in his career, he has now gone on to have a string of highly praised and box financial hits. Take a peek at the best of Matt Reeves movies has directed.
1. The Batman (2022)
Cast- Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano
As Reeves painstakingly shows Gotham city in its natural form, the gritty noir brings innumerable comics and video games to life. While also adding psychological elements to Bruce Wayne’s (Robert Pattinson) character growth. The Batman is a new take on a superhero whose exploits have been told many times before. It’s a film that deserves to be compared to Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dark Knight. In terms of demonstrating what a blockbuster of this quality can achieve when directed by Matt Reeves.
2. Cloverfields (2008)
Cast- Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel
Rob’s lover, Beth, and pals decide to host a large surprise departure party to honour his massive promotion. Now that he is ready to leave to Japan. However, the festivities will be abruptly interrupted by a tremendous explosion and the entrance of a giant scaly and gangly beast. As all hell breaks loose in New York City and the Statue of Liberty is beheaded. As the reptile giant razes Manhattan, a daring rescue mission for Beth begins. All while being captured on film by a hand-held camcorder amid the chaos and carnage. Finally, where did this persistent invader come from, and most importantly, is there any hope of survival? As they investigate, the pals embark on a journey deep into the streets of New York, determined to save Rob’s true love.
3. War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Cast- Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn
Caesar resolves to relocate with the other apes across the desert in order to put an end to the human-ape conflict and live in peace. They are assaulted in a cave covered by a waterfall. Caesar loses both his wife Cornelia and son Blue Eyes, leaving only Cornelius alive. Caesar decides to seek vengeance for their deaths and splits from the rest of the apes to track down The Colonel. The man who murdered his family. However, Maurice, Luca, and Rocket pursue him, as the rest of the apes flee to safety. Caesar and his companions meet the mute girl Nova and the ape Bad Ape on their voyage.
When they get at the border, they discover a facility where The Colonel has kidnapped his clan and forced them to build a wall without water or food. Caesar, on the other hand, is apprehended by The Colonel and discovers that he has slaughtered infected civilians. Now that the army is on its way to murder him. He is erecting a wall to defend his soldiers and himself.
4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Cast- Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke
Caesar leads a large colony of apes and chimps living in the forests outside of San Francisco several years after escaping captivity. A depleted group of Simian Flu survivors struggles to survive in the city, with their best hope being the revitalization of a hydro-electric dam that will restore their power. They must, however, pass through Caesar’s dominion to get there. The restoration is possible because group leader Malcolm and Caesar have mutual respect, but Caesar’s enraged lieutenant Koba, a victim of animal experimentation, has no such faith in humans and usurps Caesar, leading a full-scale attack on the city, where the majority of the inhabitants regard the apes as savages, and a fierce battle ensues. Caesar and Malcolm must unite the voices of reason in order to re-establish a peace that benefits both factions.
5. The Pallbearer (1996)
Cast- David Schwimmer, Gwyenth Paltrow
The mother of a recently deceased “friend” from high school that Tom can’t remember ropes Tom into becoming a pallbearer (and delivering the eulogy!) and chaos ensues. Meanwhile, an unrequited love from high school reappears in his life (NOT the dead guy’s girlfriend).
6. Let Me In (2010)
Cast- Chloe Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit- McPhee
Owen, a twelve-year-old outcast in Los Alamos, New Mexico, is mistreated at school by Kenny and two other students; at night, Owen fantasises about avenging himself on the trio of bullies. He befriends Abby, his twelve-year-old next-door neighbour, who only emerges at the playground of their building at night. Meanwhile, Abby’s father is a sought serial killer who uses his victims’ blood to feed Abby, who is an ancient vampire movie. Owen is advised by Abby to fight Kenny, but he soon realises that she is a vampire, and he is torn between fear and love for her. Meanwhile, a cop is looking into the murders, believing they are the work of a satanic group.
Matt Reeves is an innovative director and is at the top of his game. Let’s hope that he keeps up the momentum because he clearly has what it takes to create films that change people’s lives, like War for the Planet of the Apes has done. Which of Matt Reeves films is your favorite?