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I had fearful reservations about this one. I loved Tim Burton's Batman
12 years old when it came out I was the perfect age for it and I also
enjoyed Batman Returns. The franchise went so wrong under Joel
Schumacher that I wasn't sure I wanted it resurrected. Not least
because Batman was one of the few comics I read and enjoyed as a kid
and was always my favourite superhero. I grew up reading the comics,
watching reruns of the Adam West TV show and then getting Burton's
celluloid vision. I was spoilt for choice as a kid but as an adult now
I was concerned revisiting the franchise, especially given Warner's
record over the last decade of screwing up summer blockbusters with
potential all over the place (dare I bring up the Matrix sequels?)
However, I am pleased to report I could not have been more wrong about
how great Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins is. This is better than
Burton. Sacrilege, you say?! Well Burton was still cartoony in many
elements, he wasn't churning out the bilge of Schumacher but Burton's
Batman was still over the top. As a kid this was ideal but Nolan's
Batman is real. Everything in this world seems plausible and it is
therefore a world that draws you in. Characters' vulnerability is that
much more present. Every bruise, every scare, every concern, every
emotion seems real.
Part of this is that Nolan has assembled an exemplary cast. Again, this
concerned me prior to seeing the film. I wasn't sure a cast of big name
legends like Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman and well known names like
Liam Neeson and Katie Holmes wouldn't detract and distract from Batman.
I was always sure Christian Bale could be the great moody Batman he's
been waiting his career to be but the others I wasn't so sure about.
That said Bale is not just good, he's superb. I never thought I'd
really be able to envision anyone other than Michael Keaton as the
definitive Batman for me but since seeing Batman Begins a couple of
days ago Bale has cemented himself in the position. Perhaps Keaton will
now be able to escape the spectre of Batman he hasn't truly shaken off
for 13 years.
The rest of the cast is also pitch perfect. Cillian Murphy is creepy as
hell, Liam Neeson is authoritative and imposing, Katie Holmes is strong
and sexy (I particularly thought she'd be insipid, she should jettison
Tom Cruise and let her talent - which she does have naysayers just
watch Pieces Of April - speak for itself) and Michael Caine is an
Alfred you've never seen but in fact far more likely as a butler than
the aristocratic pomp with which he is usually portrayed. Gary Oldman
is also superb in a rare wholly decent character for him as Lieutenant
Jim Gordon who gets far more to so here than Gordon has ever had to do
before. Only Tom Wilkinson is a little off with a slightly comedic
wise-guy American accent that never really convinces.
The emotional bond between Bruce Wayne and Alfred is actually a
wonderful human heart to the film than Nolan and Goyer have written
Don't let that make you think the action is not front and centre
though. From Wayne's training through the early stages of the film to
his early missions as Batman at about the half way point to a
thrillingly choreographed chase sequence and an edge of your seat
finale this film delivers the cool quotient in bucket loads.
Great villains (especially Murphy), great story, great cast, great
action... put simply, great film. Probably the best comic-book movie
ever made (that's excluding the genius Sin City which I consider a
moving comic-book rather than a comic-book movie, that will never be
bettered but Batman is a different beast and the best of its kind).
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