• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman

TITLE: Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman

YEAR: 2003

GENRE: Superhero/Comics and Animation

One of the nice aspects about the legend of DC Comics’ hero Batman is that there are a wide variety of films and TV shows that cater to virtually all ages. The catalog for the Caped Crusader includes small kid fare such as the TV shows “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” and “The Batman” as well as very adult fare such as The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, which adds to its unique appeal and grows continual generations of fans. Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman is one of those films aimed more at the tweener crowd and is fairly successful in delivering a decent although not spectacular finished film.

Rupert Thorne (voiced by John Vernon) and The Penguin (David Ogden Stiers) create an undercover operation to smuggle large arms out of Gotham City to sell to a Third World country when they are confronted by Batwoman (voiced by Kyra Sedgwick), a new force in the city that plays by a more violent set of rules than the city’s main crime fighter Batman (Kevin Conroy). Batman’s alter-ego Bruce Wayne also has a few more personal issues requiring his attention: Dr Roxanne “Rocky” Ballantine (Kelly Ripa) has developed a new metallic alloy for Wayne Enterprises that can change its shape with simple electrical charges that could revolutionize his company; gangster daughter Kathy Duquesne (Kimberly Brooks) has gained his attention for her attractiveness and risqué attitude towards life; and Detective Sonia Alcana (Elisa Gabrielli), becoming the new partner of detective Harvey Bullock (Robert Costanzo), a continual thorn in Batman’s side. All three woman have some type of tragedy in their past, and each one becomes a suspect to Batwoman’s identity but are ruled out by Batman one by one. However, the Caped Crusader learns that there is more than meets the eye to Batwoman and he must leap to the rescue to stop Thorne and The Penguin as well as stop the activities of Batwoman.

This is probably the lightest fare of the Batman animated films that I have seen so fans who want a darker approach such as Batman: Under The Red Hood are going to be disappointed. Most of the action is more than acceptable but not quite as intense as other Batman films, and although there is a lot of action the film does lack some intensity at times. There are also some moments that are way too light in my taste, especially the scenes in the nightclub The Iceberg complete with one hit wonder pop princess Cherie performing a song. I also found the storyline to be a bit simplistic at times and did not carry the fluidity of other Batman productions. However, the above criticism does not mean the movie is rotten as Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman was fast moving, entertaining, and even tosses in a good joke periodically (Bruce Wayne: “The last thing Gotham City needs is a vigilante running amuck”, Alfred: “As they say on the streets, ‘I ain’t touchin’ that one’”).

Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman is one of those crossover films for the 8-13 market where little kid films are boring to them yet they are not yet mentally ready for the typical PG-13 superhero blockbuster. Family types who are looking for exciting movies for their kids will find Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman to be what the doctor would prescribe, but more serious fans will find this film to be a little too immature for their liking.

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–Mark

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