When you’re watching a movie, playing a video game, or attending a musical the score is the unsung hero. The score is what helps the viewer feel every emotion, build tension, and inform you about what’s really going on in a scene. So, when I learned The Batman in Concert was happening excited is putting it lightly.
I have previously been to a handful of concert series at the Hollywood Bowl. They’re always a great time watching and listening to an orchestra play along to my favorite films. Sometimes, if they’re musical, there are even actors who come out and sing songs. This was my first time at the Dolby Theaters, as well as an MPGLive event, and The Batman in Concert lived up to every expectation that I had going in.
THE BATMAN IN CONCERT
It’s Warner Bros’ 100th Year Anniversary. I recently when to a Fever Candlelight Concert where a quartet played music from the Warner Bros library over the last century. So, taking on one of their biggest movies with an impeccable score is a no-brainer. If you’re a cinephile who also loves music scores this is the event for you!
The Batman was released on March 4, 2022, and stars Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Colin Ferrel, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, and Paul Dano. In this Batman film, the caped crusader ventures into Gotham City’s underworld when The Riddler leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues. Now, Batman must unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis. The film is dark visually, and tonally, with incredible fight sequences, detective work, and, of course, iconic chase scenes and car explosions.
Sitting in the Dolby Theater, the orchestra takes over the stage, with a giant screen hanging above them. Watching the orchestra play along was more interesting to me than watching the film itself. I’ve seen it, so I think that helps. I was sitting in the first-level Mezzanine so I had a birdseye view of everything that was happening. Personally, while I’m normally an orchestra girl I think these were the best seats. I didn’t have to look up at the screen and could see everything going on.
While the audio of the film itself was a little odd and echoey I appreciated that there were subtitles. That said when the orchestra would perform they enveloped the theater fully engulfing the audience throughout the film, and we were with them the entire way. My favorite moment had to be the spectacular Penguin chase scene. The orchestra felt on fire and the audience cheered them along! You could feel the crescendo leading into the short intermission. While there were many more amazing moments, this was the stand out for me.
INFORMATION ON WHEN/WHERE/HOW TO SEE THIS LIVE CONCERT EVENT!
The Batman in Concert runs 2hrs and 56 mins with a short intermission. There are three more chances for you to catch this incredible live orchestration.
April 22 in Washington, D.C. at the Warner Theater; April 28th in Miami, FL at the James L. Knight Center; as well as May 6 in Chicago, IL at the Auditorium Theater.