Batman Begins Review

Batman Begins

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson

After the bad taste left in the mouths of every Batman fan after the extremely painful, from my experience with, Batman & Robin. After that the studios tried everything to reboot the franchise and make a movie that both satisfies the fan base and connects well with the audience. Enter Christopher Nolan, a man who directed such noir films as The Following, Memento, and Insomnia but who had yet made a name for himself blockbuster wise, a man perfectly suited to tackle the Batman franchise making him a haunted, dark, and chilling character who is still tormented by the fact that he witnessed his parents death. Putting the character in the noir genre or style for which the director and the studio made the wisest decision to do so. When the movie was finally released and I had finally saw it, it completely changed how I viewed film and afterwards I started watching much darker movie and opened up my eyes to a much different style of film that I was use to, at the time I was only 13 and only just started to expand on my horizons into films that I have never seen before. Batman Begins changed me and I experienced a new kind of film that to this day remember the experience in the movie theater, something I can’t say for Harry Potter or Transformers.

Screen shot from Batman Begins

As a boy a young Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of his eyes, a trauma which led him to become obsessed with revenge but his chance is cruelly taken away from him by fate. After disappearing to the East where he seeks counsel with the dangerous but honorable ninja cult leader known as Ra’s Al-Ghul, he returns to his now decaying Gotham City overrun by organized crime and dangerous individuals manipulating the system whilst the company he inherited is slowly being pulled out from under him. The discovery of a cave under his mansion, and a prototype armored suit leads him to take on a new persona, one which will strike fear into the hearts of men who do wrong – he becomes, Batman. In the new guise, and with the help of rising cop Jim Gordon, Batman sets out to take down the various nefarious schemes in motion by individuals such as mafia don Falcone, the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan ‘The Scarecrow’ Crane, and a mysterious third party that is quite familiar with Wayne and waiting to strike when the time is right.

Screen shot from Batman Begins

Everything about this movie I really enjoyed. The original Batman never featured an origin story, which really bugged me because I wanted to know how he became who he is. I think one of the biggest strengths of this movie is the fact that they included Ras al Ghul as the primary villain and also mentor, he has never gotten the chance to shine on screen till now and Liam Neeson was the perfect choice for the character. Christian Bale was another good choice to portray Bruce Wayne, I never knew who he was until this movie, and he brings layers to the character that where never present in any of the other movies. Including Scarecrow was another good idea because he was always an interesting character in the comics that never got shine on the big screen, and at first I thought he would be the primary villain but he instead used as a pawn, which is good because physically he can’t do much against Batman. Gary Oldman is able to make Jim Gordon his own, which he always does because he is just that great an actor, and made him a very human character that has to struggle like the rest of us but is not corrupt but more humble than some of the other characters. The only real weak part of the cast is Katie Holmes who is not convincing or at all interesting in the role, she feels like she is forced to the role and had no fun at all in the part. There is a lot to be said about this movie, such as themes and what not but I already posted an article about that and I will post a link below because I don’t feel like getting to deep into that in this review.

https://thevisionaryfilmfanatic.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/712/

All in all this is by far one of the greatest superhero films of all time and is definitely a step up from what Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher put out. It is dark, tragic, and definitely more cynical than any other superhero franchise out there and that is what makes this movie what it is and shows that it is possible to have superheroes exist in real life, even though it is highly unlikely.

10 out of 10

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As I have been wondering how they would connect the trilogy as a whole, outside of the story but more along the lines of a theme. All good movie have a theme to it whether it is political or a philosophy of oneself it has always made movie more interesting and thought provoking for me, it represents how I wonder and speculate what I would do in such a situation. With the theme of it being a simple symbol that inspires people to become better and strive to change and help cause change which has always been fascinating in this film series because it does bring into reality and make it seem like a possible situation, I know it is not but still. This article provides some very interesting thought and opinion on the subject that really opened my eyes more to the movies as a trilogy. With Batman being a symbol I can imagine the ending the trilogy being the death of Bruce Wayne but the Batman still exists because some else can take up the mantle and still stand for what Bruce Wayne sought after doing in Batman Begins. With that being a possibility it sets itself apart from other superheroes, Peter Parker is Spider-Man and changing that old really effect the character. I feel that if Christopher Nolan takes that route it can be a satifying conclusion to his already brilliant Batman trilogy.