Batman Begins review

They told me there was nothing out there, nothing to fear. But the night my parents were murdered I caught a glimpse of something. I’ve looked for it ever since. I went around the world, searched in all the shadows. And there is something out there in the darkness, something terrifying, something that will not stop until it gets revenge. Me.

I saw Batman Begins today and I’m definitely impressed. The biggest thing I noticed right off is Gotham no longer looks like it is out of a Stephen King circus. All of the buildings look normal, there are normal cars (except for the Batmobile but when has it ever been normal?), and there wasn’t any crazy clown make-up.

This film definitely puts Bruce’s life into perspective. You see what lead up to the death of his parents and a better explanation of how he found the caves under Wayne Manor. The film also tracks Bruce through his learning of the martial arts and the first Batsuit, which looks killer.

My biggest complaint about the film is the Tumbler. The thing is absolutely huge and not really something I would to drive around. Sure its awesome and could blow through pretty much anything that is put in it’s way, but it just doesn’t have that Batman feel to it. I would have preferred something that looked a bit like the Batmobile from the 1989 Batman movie.

The CGI in the film is also pretty good. It was rare that I was able to look at something and think that it was a horrible graphics job.
The plot line revolves around Bruce and becoming Batman rather than there is someone threatening Gotham and Bruce has to stop them. Yes, there is a threat to Gotham, but it built strongly on who Bruce is other than distracting from it.

Christopher Nolan did a great job directing this film. I will put a lot of confidence in saying this is the greatest directed Batman movie.

Christian Bale did a great job playing Bruce/Batman. His Batman voice was a little raspy, but I think it fit rather well considering he is playing a young Bruce/Batman. He also stared in Equilibrium, which was a great flick itself.

Michael Caine’s portrayal of Alfred was outstanding. Alfred was much more down to earth and seemed more like an uncle to Bruce, rather than a butler. The comedy in this film was very low key, but it was all Alfred.

Liam Neeson was a great, and unexpected, villain. Instead of trying to be a funny villain like the previous Batman movies he was very serious and came across as a man wanting to do good, but is misguided. His performance was top notch.

Katie Holmes surprised me in this film. I was expecting her to perform sub par, but I was gratefully wrong. She wasn’t a bimbo there to be eye candy and gave the film a great deal of emotion.

Gary Oldman plays Jim Gordon in a pre-commissioner role. The film does a good job of showing how Batman and Gordon’s relationship started.

Cillian Murphy’s role as Dr. Jonathan Crane wasn’t as good as I expected, but also wasn’t horrible. Had his villain side been further used, I believe his performance would have been outstanding.

Overall I thought Batman Begins was a great flick. The acting wasn’t cheesy, the plot fit into the whole Batman series, and it took Batman into the realm of believable. As with the 1989 Batman, I wouldn’t take kids under 13 to see it. I had a couple of eight year olds behind me and I had to say ssshhh several times. The violence factor in this film is a bit higher than those in the past, but it isn’t particularly bloody. This will be one of the better films of the summer.

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