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Christopher Nolan's 2005 film based upon the origins of the DC Comics character.

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Batman Begins

  • Nov 30, 2010
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Once upon a time, Batman fans were disappointed with the aftertaste left by the disastrous Joel Schumacher films. A producer named Christopher Nolan heard their cries and decided to take the franchise back to its roots with Batman Begins. He went back to the dark storyline and rich character development that made the first two original batman movies great, as opposed to the campiness and kid-friendliness of the Schumacher movies. Boy did this work.

This is nowhere near as good as the Dark Knight, but it is still a great origin story and made Batman fans like myself happy again. A great precursor to the Dark Knight and breathed much-needed new life into the franchise. In this review, I will explain what works about this movie.

First good thing was casting Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Bale does exceptionally well playing the many roles that Bruce Wayne is. Namely:

-Bruce Wayne the college student
-Bruce Wayne the criminal living among criminals
-Bruce Wayne the fierce warrior
-Bruce Wayne the eccentric millionaire
-and Bruce Wayne as Batman

Any one of those would be hard to play, and he does a great job of playing all of them. To me, no one can replace Michael Keaton and nobody ever will, but Christian Bale certainly does a good job of trying. In terms of the other casting, I actually didn't mind Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes, although I liked Maggie Gyllenhaal in the second movie. She actually did a pretty good job. Cilian Murphy did well too, as did every other member of the supporting cast.

The story is told well, albeit a little confusing from all the flashbacks to Bruce's time amongst the criminals, and it keeps things moving along nicely. It also segways into the Dark Knight quite well. For those who are curious about the story, it is essentially the origin story of Batman with the death of his parents and his desire for revenge.

If you haven't seen this movie, it is a definite must see for all fans of Batman or comics in general. A worthy addition to the series. Nowhere near as good as TDK but pretty well done and made embittered batman fans happy again, like me. Thank you Christopher Nolan.

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December 01, 2010
Great review once again, I loved this film and the following one but to be honest I have yet to see a Batman film I hate. Including those 2 or so prior to this one.
 
December 01, 2010
I am Batman...I want you to tell all your friends about me...oops! wrong movie! LOL! Great review! Gyllenhaal was better as Rachel IMHO too.
 
December 01, 2010
Great review, I completely agree! I thought that Christian Bale did an amazing job and I, too, didn't hate Katie Holmes in this film.
 
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Quick Tip by . August 30, 2010
Thoroughly engrossing and clear headed retelling of the Dark Knight's origins, making sure all the nails are hammered down, our hero learns from his mistakes and saves a scummy Gotham City. Fantastic.
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Steller reintroduction to the Dark Knight after an 8 year absnece and showing his roots, his motives and really getting me to care about Batman again.
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After the first Batman franchise was driven into the ground by a succession of terrible sequels, it seemed unlikely that there would ever be a respectable Batman film again. But then there came a hope from an unexpected source. Christopher Nolan (director of Following and Memento) wanted to reinvent the character in a more realistic and epic way. He teamed up with screenwriter David S. Goyer (The Blade Trilogy and Dark City) and together they wrote an exceptionally smart screenplay.   …
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Best installment of Batman yet. Really deep plot twists and cohesive story that holds together better than ever.
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Christopher Nolan completely revitalized the Batman franchise. The making of the man was interesting but the culmination of the film seemed to lose the grounding that made the film so compelling from the outset. The scoring definitely made this film.
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Most beleivable of the Batmans
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Amazing! One of the best renditions of a Batman movie.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
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Batman Begins discards the previous four films in the series and recasts the Caped Crusader as a fearsome avenging angel. That's good news, because the series, which had gotten off to a rousing start under Tim Burton, had gradually dissolved into self-parody by 1997'sBatman & Robin. As the title implies,Batman Beginstells the story anew, when Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) flees Western civilization following the murder of his parents. He is taken in by a mysterious instructor named Ducard (Liam Neeson in another mentor role) and urged to become a ninja in the League of Shadows, but he instead returns to his native Gotham City resolved to end the mob rule that is strangling it. But are there forces even more sinister at hand?

Cowritten by the team of David S. Goyer (a veteran comic book writer) and director Christopher Nolan (Memento), Batman Begins is a welcome return to the grim and gritty version of the Dark Knight, owing a great debt to the graphic novels that preceded it. It doesn't have the razzle dazzle, or the mass appeal, of Spider-Man 2 (though the Batmobile is cool), and retelling the origin means it starts slowly, like most "first" superhero movies. But it's certainly the best Bat-film since Burton's original, and one of the best superhero movies of its time. Bale cuts a good figure as Batman, intense and dangerous but with some of the lightheartedness Michael Keaton brought to the character. Michael Caine...

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Director: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: June 15, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
Runtime: 2hrs 20min
Studio: Legendary Pictures, Syncopy Films, Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Studios
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