All I need to say here is, it’s about time they got it right. Don’t get me wrong as I love the first Batman, but this one was far better as to telling the story. I’ve never been a really big Batman fan. I read the comic book a little bit or so just collected it but never really got into reading it learning all there was. So I remember watching the first Batman film in the ’80s and I did think that how he became Batman. Trust me it took me some years to find out that movie is not always true to the books, comics or remakes of TV shows, etc.
In Batman Begins, which I would have to say was a little bit better than Spiderman, and I know that Spiderman was really good too. In Batman Begins, we start off learning how Batman becomes Batman, his reasons to why and all the good stuff the only bad thing with it I found was the fact the movie didn’t go into much detail about the villains and how they became who they where and why. But you know what, seeing how Batman got all his cool stuff and how killer the story itself was, who cares.
Unlike past Batman movies, this one isn’t full of special effect or over the top acting and stupid fight scenes, while some would say that the reason for the close up fighting scenes was due to the bad acting as it came to fighting, maybe but when you think about it, you never really do see Batman fight in the beginning. Most movies are like that when it comes to the first one, now one way they can tell everyone off is when they make a 2nd Batman movie after this one, we will know of the fighting with Batman gets more open camrea time.
Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman and directed by Christopher Nolan, Batman Begins is one of those comic book movies that takes it to the bare bones and does a good job with it. As with most movies, we must start off with a problem, in Batman Begins, how does one man change the world? This question haunt’s Bruce Wayne with many demons like the death of his parents who were gunned down before his eyes in the streets of Gotham City, it would be this night which would change his life forever. Being tormented by guilt and anger, battle the very demos that feeds his desire for revenge and his own need to honor his parents legacy.
I would have to come right out and say I like this movie more then Star Wars, and I’m a big fan of Star Wars, not so much a fan of the Batman series, I would have to say that if you’re going to restart a franchise, better do it right. For what Christopher Nolan has done with this film hats off to him for doing it. Batman Begins is indeed a work of art, everything is done just right, is how 2005 was at the box office and how Batman Begins never even came close to making more money then Star Wars did, I would have to come out and say that if there was a “best” film of 2005 it would have to be Batman Beings only because it had a lot to live up for and one mistake could have totally killed it and any future Batman films.
Finally we see the darkness and troubled depths of the Batman legend, not only does this film follow and support the beginnings in the tradition of a comic book origin story, but explores the tortured path that led Bruce Wayne from a parentless childhood to a friendless adult existence. As much as we come to being “realistic” the film is nothing but that. I mean if you think about it, its Batman and last time I looked outside I don’t recall seeing a big tank like care flying off of rooftops.
So now we begin the story, simply within an unnamed nation’s prison camp, where we see Bruce Wayne enduring brutal treatment as a prisoner. This is all part of his research into the nature of evil (which will learn about a little later). Bruce is then rescued by a mysterious Henri Ducard who appoints himself Wayne’s mentor, teaches him sword-fighting and mind control, and tries to enlist him in his amoral League of Shadows. After which I can only believe to be months of training, Bruce comes to his final test where he must kill come one to gain membership which is required and when he refuses to kill the poor man. Henri Ducard and the League of Shadows becomes his enemy, after saving Henri Ducard life, the reclusive millionaire returns to Gotham City determined to fight evil.
We see more into the reasons for choosing to be a giant “bat” as the story shows why he identifies with bats and hates evildoers has been referred to many times in the various incarnations of the Batman legend, including four previous films. What makes this film better then the first four films is the level of weight and depth give to this part of the story. Bruce discovers in Gotham that the family Wayne Corp. is run by a venal corporate monster (Rutger Hauer), but that in its depths labors the almost forgotten scientific genius Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), who understands Bruce wants to fight crime and offers him the weaponry. Lucius happens to have on hand a prototype Batmobile, which unlike the streamlined models in the earlier movies, is a big, unlovely juggernaut which I wouldn’t lie to say I hated it when I first saw the picture of it last summer. He also devises a bat-cape with surprising properties as well as many of his other “classic” weaponry. I think with the added level of seeing him make his little toys add all the more to the depth to the characters and story.
With all that is going on in the first act of the film, Gotham City crime details and the counsel of the faithful servant Alfred (Michael Caine) delay the actual appearance of Batman until the second act of the movie. Unlike the earlier films, which delighted in extravagant special-effects action like the last one “Batman and Roblin”, Batman Begins is shrouded in shadow; instead of high-detail, sharp-edged special effects, we get obscure developments in fog and smoke, reinforced by a superb sound-effects design. I have to say if more of the comic book movies would go more into this, I think we would have many more great comic book movies.
Finally, the Batman movie I have been waiting for, the last good Batman film would be the first one Batman, as far as it comes to the series. Now that he’s Batman, he has a little problem with what to do when you have no social life? Well, he creates a high profile as a millionaire playboy who gets drunk and causes scenes. A very disappoints Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), his friend since childhood, who is now an assistant D.A. She and Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman), apparently Gotham City’s only honest cop, are faced with a local crime syndicate led by Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson). Falcone’s gang controls the city and when you compare what goes on in the streets with the deep scheme being hatched by the corrupt psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Crane (Cillian Murphy), who, in the tradition of Victorian alienists, likes to declare his enemies insane and lock them up. Crane’s secret identity as the Scarecrow fits into a scheme to lace the Gotham water supply with a psychedelic drug. Then a superweapon created by Wayne Corp which then would be used to vaporize the water, citizens will inhale the drug, and it will drive them crazy, for reasons which the Scarecrow and his confederates explain with more detail than clarity near the start of the last act.
Some of the better details of the film, in my opinion, would be the Batman costume which in the last films got crazier and totally unrealistic even for Batman. The early looking design of it was a nice touch, my biggest hopes are for the next film to move with that and not go too much into redesigning it. The rest of the elements of the movie are also along these lines, as the Bat Cave is actual cave beneath Wayne Manor. The Batmobile enters and leaves it by leaping across a chasm and through a waterfall. The Bat Signal is crude and out of focus.
While you can go out and name a number of things to find wrong with the movie, I indeed enjoy it and know anyone who is at least a fan of a good all-around action movie can enjoy. For those of you who were lucky to go to the theaters and watch it are the lucky ones because the film just looks good on the big screen. I would run out and buy the DVD as its a must own for anyone, even if you’re a fan of Batman. The DVD lacks some good features as most of them can only be seen if you own a DVD player on your PC and you have internet. I guess today it is more common then it said two years ago. I know I say this a lot but Batman Begins was indeed a great film and I personally recommend it to anyone who has a DVD player.