There is a whole plethora of Batman movies, just look at our extensive list. From the animated to the dark, the amazing to the horrible. Batman has been the topic of so many films, it is no surprise that a merry band of fans would get together in order to make their own Batman movie. Director Josh Crooks with the help of Kormorant Pictures, has created this short movie of our favourite caped crusader. The surprise here is that this film is pretty good.
One Bad Day is a rather impressive short film that relies heavily on the outstanding acting of Reece Mahdi. Mahdi plays The Joker greatly and becomes this memorable villain. He truly makes the role his own, rather than leaning on the cruxes of Nicolson and Ledger. Here, The Joker is sadistic and manipulative, the centre of the movie and Mahdi carries this remarkably well. He is magnetic, drawing you into the story and you are engrossed with this character.
And the story, the question on whether Batman should finally kill, is great one. As The Joker narrates this turmoil, One Bad Day is thick with atmosphere and tension, all heightened by the choice of black and white cinematography and impressive angles. The problem here is that our Batman, played by Jonny Topping, is a little bit lacklustre and doesn’t really translate the difficulties the hero is portraying. When it comes to the climactic moment, it doesn’t come across as well as it could despite the difficult decisions Batman is facing.
One Bad Day is a wonderful short adaptation of the Batman story. Managing to write and direct a mostly mesmerising film that is dark and full of depth is a fantastic achievement and Josh Crooks does it well. It is a shame that One Bad Day fails to pull off the final crushing blow with the same brilliance that it started with. However, One Bad Day is certainly One Good Film.
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