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Saw an early screening of Begins this weekend and I must say, it lived
up to my expectations.
Something had to be done to rescue our hero's good name. Thankfully, Batman Begins, the start of a whole new series chronicling the origins of the Caped Crusader - does all that and more.
Where Burton's Batman claimed to be dark, this one is genuinely menacing. It's a violent and truly scary film.
Everyone in the movie does a great job in their role ( except Kate Holmes which had more to do with the character then her ) the movie is a trumph of epic proportions. It doesn't leave out much to the imagination, everything is set up to the last drop.
One of the best comics adaptations ever and I cant wait to see it again.
What we see in this movie is the "dark & gritty" (TM) Batman, which was
introduced by Frank Miller in 1986 in the comics mini-series Dark
Knight Returns, which was an alternate future version of Batman. But
Miller also gave the "real" comics Batman the dark & gritty treatment
in the seminal Batman: Year One story, which is perhaps the greatest
Batman story ever created (also because of the effective artwork of the
excellent David Mazzuchelli), and which chronicles, among other things,
Bruce Wayne's initial (pre-Batman) martial arts training in a remote
mountain region. In the comics, a creative force as strong as Frank
Miller was bound to yield massive imitation by less original comics
creators - and so the early 1990s saw the Batman character getting
consistently and increasingly dark & gritty, to the extent that the
entire Batman universe was based on that darkness and grit.
So the question is, does this work in a movie? Well, in my opinion it didn't even work in the comics, so, no, for this and other reasons I don't think it works in the movie, either. I always preferred the pre-Miller Batman, whose comics were driven by the stories and not simply by mood and style.
Batman Begins is not a bad movie. It has many good things. The story has lots of great ideas. Most of the changes to the Bat-mythos were thoughtful and effective. I even loved how the Batmobile had to jump over a moat every time it left and entered the Bat-Cave.
Unfortunately, the movie is atrociously directed. Everything is much, MUCH too dark, and considering how bad-looking the terribly cut fight scenes are, the fast-moving action and scatter-shot dialog are particularly grating. Most characters beside Bale's and Neeson's don't have enough to do, or get no significant characterization. Oldman's Gordon is wildly underplayed, and I could never separate Michael Caine from Michael Caine, which I needed to do if I were to find him convincing as Alfred. I think the structure and editing of the movie was terrible, and the decision to make a comic-book movie so dark that you could hardly see what was going on, was a monumentally bad one. It was a decision made, no doubt, to emphasize the medium of the movie over that of the comic, and it made the director attempt to create some kind of art movie - and apparently many people feel he succeeded. I didn't.
And I thought the special effects were another big problem. There were too many of them. Why did the plot need a hallucinogenic drug, so faces could twist and horses could breathe fire? Because, I'm certain, the movie-makers felt they had to deliver the special effects spectacular that they thought superhero movie audiences have come to expect. A commercial decision, thus, to blow some dough on unnecessary SPX, just because the audience probably would think it was a cheap and unimportant movie if it didn't have any. So, no, I was not impressed at all; rather the opposite.
And unfortunately I have to make one more serious complaint. Ra's Al Ghul was very cool and very well played and everything, but his scheme was ridiculous in the extreme. Through centuries and even millennia his "league of shadows" (the actual size of which is never shown) would destroy civilizations (oh, or just cities) at the height of their decadence, like God striking down Sodom and Gomorrah. And now they'd decided that Gotham City should be destroyed? I'm sorry, but I find it ridiculous on at least three levels. First, wouldn't they target more than a single city? What use will it be to destroy one city? But, of course, this would depend on their man-power, which we are never made privy to. Maybe they're just, like, twelve guys. It certainly looks that way. Second, Ra's had been planning to destroy Gotham for, like, twenty years or more?! So, basically, he's been focusing all his resources on just Gotham for at least two or three decades, while events in the rest of the world has had no bearing on the situation? That's preposterous. And third, where's the sense in going in to help exacerbate the decadence and crime and corruption before delivering the death-stroke? They are totally becoming the very thing they would destroy. And sure, they're the bad guys and all, but shouldn't their scheme have SOME modicum of logical coherence? Apparently not. So anyway, not a great, successful movie as far as I'm concerned, but the typical commercial fluff with a hurried narrative and a holey rusted plot, Batman.
6 out of 10.
The name of David Goyer among the writing credits made me fear the worse. After all those Zig Zag and Blades appallingness you can hardly blame me. So, you may imagine my surprise to discover that Batman Begins is not only better than the previous Batmans but much better. The genesis of the character as well as inedited insights into the seven mystery years in the life of Bruce Wayne makes the whole enterprise engaging even thrilling. Christian Bale is an American Psycho Batman, pouty lips and unexpected sexual presence. Katie Holmes is lovely, with a sharp intelligence and a riveting imperfect beauty. Michael Caine fills the shoes of the butler with wit and charm. Gary Oldman, looking more Oldman than Gary, adds another surprising characterization to his already impressive gallery. So, very nice. There is still hope in hopeless trends. Who knew.
This film is a start for a Christopher Nolan Batman film series (which I hope will continue for a long time). This film is not that good as The Dark Knight but much better than earlier Batman movies. The film is taking itself more seriously and that is what's good about it. I liked the plot very much and also a colorful characters. Maybe the film itself isn't that good as The Dark Knight but the action here is much better and here is much more of it(especially the fighting scenes). A plot, action, acting, costuming, direction - everything was great in this film. So just watch it, especially if you are action movie fan because there is a lot of action.
As mentioned above three legendary artists reuniting for a legendary
character like Batman is more than just amazing. This movie clearly
explains why Christopher Nolan movies are highly rated at IMDb.
Recently the same trio combined for "The Dark Knight", a masterpiece
sequel for this amazing film, which stormed to the #1 spot among the
IMDb top 250 movies pushing the over-rated Godfather down. I didn't see
the sequel yet but since its the #1 at IMDb, i have no doubts that its
gonna be the best movie of the year. The Dark Knight also features late
Heath Ledger, a legend in his own self, as Joker and he should be
awarded an Oscar for it. I heard that he scared the s**t out of the
audience during his on-screen presence in theaters. I can't wait to see
this. "Batman Begins" also helped me to face my own fears without any
fear and handle it myself which is earning me more appreciation. So
more than just a movie its a lesson for life. The flawless narration,
wonderful story, beautiful acting, adrenalin pumping action and
emotional contents all packed in to one big action/drama entertainer
and is always a treat to watch. Hats off Chris Nolan! you rock!
I'll definitely give it a 9.4/10 rating and it deserves a #2 spot for sure. A must watch for all Batman fans and also Batman haters!
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"Batman Begins" directed by Christopher Nolan, is a cinematic work of
genius that is only beaten in the genre of comic book films by its
successor: "The Dark Knight". One of the best all star casts of the new
millennium is involved including Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam
Neeson, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe and Morgan Freeman as the film
redefines both the comic book and the action genres and establishes the
possibility of a motion picture within these genres to contain so much
heart and meaning.
At the age of 8, when his parents are murdered, Bruce Wayne (Bale) vows to seek revenge; however, he commences to ask himself about the difference between revenge and justice. As he gets older he meets Henri Ducard (Neeson) and Ra's Al Ghul (Watanabe); two members of a vigilante group known as the 'League of Shadows' which sparks Bruce's interest and allows him to train with the group. Subsequent to his training, he is told that he must execute a criminal in order to become a member of the League of Shadows, however, Bruce declines and finds himself fighting to the death with Ra's Al Ghul which results in Ghul's death. He returns to Gotham City and finds that the city has become a "breeding ground for suffering and injustice", due to this he decides to use a symbol to frighten criminals and bring justice back to Gotham. He decides that the symbol must be terrifying and formidable and that he should use his one fear: bats, as he explains "as a man, I can be destroyed, I can be ignored. But as a symbol, I can be incorruptible." With the help of his trusty companions Alfred Pennyworth (Caine), Sgt. Jim Gordon (Oldman) and Lucius Fox (Freeman) he does his best to become a nocturnal vigilante, determined to fight against evil.
The realistic and grim tone that Nolan creates in this film is one that has not been seen in a comic book film ever before. Although it does not contain popular and somewhat admired villains as previous Batman films has shown, it manages to grasp the true essence and meaning of Batman and his love for Gotham. It is also done this way for a reason; because Batman is not meant to meet villains like The Joker, Two-Face or The Riddler when he is first practising as the masked vigilante. For this is not a story of an experienced and heavily skilled Batman, this is a story of how Batman begins.
This is certainly, without question the best Batman film ever made,
although that isn't saying much. Christopher Nolan makes this into a
very dark and brooding tale that tells more about Bruce Wayne than
Batman, something the other movies would never have done. Nolan is a
great director and he takes a great leap of faith by showing perhaps
the most important screen superhero in such a way that the city of
Gotham and its components don't feel like taken from a comic book, but
from real life. Batman Begins is based more on graphic novels and the
original characters by Bob Kane, so the realism and details are there
without all the fluff and showboating Joel Schumacher would have put
out. Christian Bale is perfect as the title character and he creates a
more interesting Bruce Wayne than Batman only because we see more of
Wayne in this installment. All other roles are perfectly cast,
especially Liam Neeson as a mysterious yet intelligent and brutal
member of the League of Shadows. Katie Holmes is nice and sweet as
Wayne's childhood friend, and there will never be another Alfred as
long as Michael Caine resides.
Simply put, Batman Begins is worth the time and money. It pulls you into a world you would never expect to see in a Batman movie, than transports you to Gothan City, the rotting core of it mostly. When we do get a glimpse of Batman, it really is quite different than other interpretations. The action here is based more on suspense than violence and the plot moves along quite well to make this movie feel shorter than its 140 minute running time. So, if you are going to see The Dark Knight this weekend, be sure to check this out first. Indeed, if it is anything like this one, this franchise is going somewhere truly spectacular.
This is the best superhero movie ever. Although that is yet to be seen
because I haven't seen the The Dark Knight yet. The reason this rises
above the other superhero movies is that it such a much more believable
and well told story then the other movies.
This tells us how Batman became the dark knight and what made him who he is. We see Batman become a warrior and return to Gotham City and face off against his first nemesis the scarecrow. He is also reunited with his first love Rachel played by Katie Holmes. The Batmobile was awesome it was a tank basically. The bat suit was great. It looked like a samurai suit. This movie had almost everything that made Batman. The Batmobile, the bat suit, the bat cave, the love story and the evil villain. Batman was a renegade in this movie. So that means no terrible sidekick called Robin.
There is always a love story in a superhero movie and this one does throw out that tradition. This one is between Batman and his childhood friend Rachel. Rachel is a DA and she is fighting in court while Bruce Wayne is being a playboy. I found it to be a pretty damn realistic love story. A good love story is hard to find in movies these days. Even the love story is a reason to watch this movie.
Now to the villain. The Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy in a great performance) was great he was scary, creepy and a total evil person. He uses a gas to poison his victims and that causes them to see there fears. He was a very satisfying villain. Another reason to see it.
Now to the acting. Christian bale was a great Batman. He suited it so well. The only thing that was weird was the voice he did when he was Batman. When he was Bruce Wayne he was excellent. A total different performance between the two. Michael Caine was superb (like always) as Bruce's butler. It didn't even seem like he was trying. Gary Oldman is one of the best actors today. Whether you are watching him as Sirius Black in Harry Potter or Zorg in The fifth element he is always giving us a different performance. Again he is gave us a totally new performance in Batman Begins. He is different in every movie he is in. Katie Holmes played Batman's love interest. Let me just say she pulled it off. She was good but unfortunately she was worst performance in this movie. She just didn't get above the rest of her co- stars. That doesn't mean she wasn't good. But she has been replace in The Dark Knight by Maggie Gyllenhaal. We will see how she does in it.
I highly recommend this if you like superhero movies or have seen the other Batman movies. This a great addition to anyone's collection.
When asked who your favourite superhero was, these 3 are some of the
biggest household names. We have now seen all of them portrayed in a
recent movie (or 3 in spiderman's case) and we are confronted once
again with the burning question of who is the greatest...
To compare all of them, batman is the most human with no extreme alien qualities such as web or superhuman strength. Batman relies on technology and his incredible fighting techniques to destroy his enemy. It is impossible to relate to any of these superheroes yet the human factor of Batman makes him a far more interesting character. That and his car...
Spiderman is of course a legend, he needs to keep up the much more difficult facade of Peter Parker compared to the other 2 heroes. The popularity of spiderman is noteworthy and the 3rd movie is a testament to this.
Superman is the least imaginative of all the superheroes mainly because his superpowers are clichéd and unimaginative. The latest superman movie was by far the biggest waste of film in the last 50 years. Never before have I hated a movie so passionately. Smallville however is a different story, it has all the makings of an awesome beginning to superman. Except.... As with so many series, if it takes off in its first season, the writers crave a bigger paycheck and in their endless greed the storyline goes straight to hell. Sad but true.
So, in conclusion Batman is the clear winner in this skirmish with Spiderman in a close second! Unfortunately superman falls way back, and as they say, "Those who fall behind, stay behind".
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