Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.
I think this is a new genre that they're all sort of working their way through it and haven't got all the kinks worked out yet but it's a genre that works for me.
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There have been many Batman movies before, but this is the first to actually tell his origin! Previous movies have only mentioned it, or had a short flashback about it. This one takes it's time and is as much of a Bruce Wayne movie as a Batman movie! It also shows how life is in Gotham before Batman, and what motivates Bruce to do what he does. Every aspect of the story gets it's fair share of time, and it never feels rushed or dragging. The cast is very good, which is expected since most are well established actors. Christian Bale is good as both Batman and Bruce Wayne. There are many memorable moments and scenes. If there is something, that is a bit off, it might be that action sequences are filmed maybe too closely so often it's not all that clear what's happening.. but this is quite a minor complaint. When Batman hangs thugs from rooftops and screams "SWEAR TO ME!" it's epic! All in all, it is an almost perfect origin story that takes many elements from the sublime "Year One" story and expands on it further to make an entertaining movie, which also perfectly sets up future installments!
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I didn't know much about this movie, seriously. It was only this year that while searching my local DVD store, I found a single disc edition copy. I decided to give it a shot since I'm a huge fan of action/superhero films. I didn't regret watching it. Christopher Nolan proved how great as a director he is, and how great Christian Bale, as Batman, is.BATMAN BEGINS is a very impressive superhero film which balances action, adventure, emotions and some thought-provoking, inspiring messages. This is not just a superhero film; it is much more than that and breaks the boundaries a film of this genre is usually confined within.Christian Bale is simply one of the best things about the film. In my honest opinion, no one could've played Batman better than him. All other actors have done a similarly great job. The film's one of the biggest highlights is the action. All the action sequences are highly impressive and succeed in holding a repeat value. Visually too, the film succeeds in entertaining.Perhaps it's only a bit slow first half that is a bit of negative. The film takes its own sweet time to set up. But when it does, it ACTUALLY grips you, completely.BATMAN BEGINS is a very well made, impressively crafted superhero film.
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It was an exceptional Batman movie from start to finish. Great time for it to be released. I enjoyed everything about this movie because it felt like a true Batman movie. The plot is very good, and gets very interesting as the movie progresses. It's the timing of the scenes that impressed me about Batman Begins more than anything else. The scenes were well shot, and everything was well-paced. The villains introduced were great especially Ra's Al Ghul who is considered as one of Batman's greatest enemies. Scarecrow was also brilliant, and had more of a prominent role in this movie compared to the other ones. The villains are the reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed Batman Begins. The movie looked serious too. Batman Begins is something I could watch repeatedly: probably more than the Dark Knight. I reckon Batman Begins is pretty underrated. I also have the game of Batman Begins on Playstation 2 - that was a great game to play.
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Four decades after the TV series, two after the first film, Batman wasn't exactly a beginner, so the title might sound a bit presumptuous in the context of 2005 if only because everyone thought the saga actually ended with that dreadful "Batman & Robin". But that was underestimating Christopher Nolan, he didn't just revive a cinematically dead saga but proved beyond a (dark) shadow of a doubt that it hadn't even begun.
But it needed to come so late and I knew I was right to watch the previous movies before Nolan's take, because it's only in that order that you realize how underexploited the potential of the DC icon was, as far as characterization goes. Indeed, it's not just in the way Nolan takes us to the origins of Batman (Christian Bale), to Bruce Wayne's childhood, his trauma with bats, the death of his parents and his initiation by Ducard (Liam Neeson), it's how it plays later in the 'revealing' scene.
Take the first Batman, a classic, no doubt about it: it starts with criminals who don't fool us about their status as baits for the heroic entrance. Keaton popping up and saying: "I'm Batman" probably had some members of the audience clapping and cheering but it doesn't hold up now, you know it's just the kind of trailer-filler scenes with no other pretension than introducing the hero. What happens is that, villains you don't care about are stopped by Batman who can take care of himself, so it's not that we don't but we can't root for him.
But boy, when the "I'm Batman" moment happens halfway through that film, after all that journey where he kept looking for himself, asking whether he's seeking revenge or justice, after all the wandering and wondering, all the tasks and duels and pains and stitches, all the brainstorming with Alfred (Michael Caine) about the right identity and with engineer Fox (Morgan Freeman) for the costumes and the "gadgets", when he finally comes up fully-dressed... we know it's not just a superhero in a fancy costume, what we've got is an achievement... and I was cheering inside. And not not just because of the hero. We saw Tom Wilkinson laying his cards in front of a mildly impressed Bruce Wayne, which makes the villain's come-uppance twice more enjoyable.
That scene alone is the reason why Nolan was right to make "Batman Begins". When it started, I was like "what the hell...?" I kept waiting for the Batman tropes, Gotham City, the logo, the Batmobile, Alfred... but then I realized that Superman had started the same way and when we could finally see the nerdy Kent opening his shirt with the "S" logo, we were finally rewarded for our patience. Nolan trusts our patience as well and is generous enough to make a few allusions to the Batman we know, like with the infamous parent's murder scene. And once again, even that scene is played at the right time, after many glimpses on Bruce's relationship with his father and his own fear, and see how it all comes full circle with that defining murder. I think it just comes down to one thing: give everything a meaning.
Why Batman? Why the bats? Why a black uniform? Why never killing anyone? Everything has an answer, a meaning, an origin. I love how Nolan tries to give some realism to Batman's origins, not to make the film realistic but plausible in the realm of superheroes movies... so real that Batman shouldn't even be considered a superhero. This is not just a good film, but a good story. Good in the classical sense, with the coming-of-age, the hero triumphing over his initial demons, then gaining enough strength to give a meaning to that first triumphant step and good in the writing.
For instance, notice how the word 'vigilante' is mentioned twice, by Ducard and later by the commissioner, Nolan was aware about the kind of labels that go with a character like Batman, and he doesn't deny them as much as he gives them a new weight, it's like "Yes, but there's more to it...". A vigilante always has style and an attitude that betrays an unconscious desire to 'show off' a little but in reality, Batman is perhaps the ultimate vigilante because he goes from a totally selfish desire to get his revenge to protecting a town that is corrupted to the core and all the style and the attitude are only meant to scare his opponents, to hide in the night, as a matter of fact, again, everything can be explained.
And this is nothing compared to the way the word "fear" is repeated, serving the film's motto that we're all meant to fall, but it's all about picking ourselves up. From another director, it could sound corny but not with Nolan, and certainly not with Caine playing a great Alfred. And this comes from someone who likes the other Alfred, too. The cast is another highlight of the film, honorable mention to Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy and even Katie Holmes who was shockingly nominated for a Razzie, granted she wasn't Oscar worthy but that was a low blow, even by Razzies' standards. Speaking of the Oscars, the film was so full of great visual effects and action sequences that I was surprised it only gathered one nomination for Cinematography, but quite a deserved one, the shots on Gotham City were breath-taking.
You know I've never been fan of DC or Marvel Comics, but I always loved the Disney Duck stories with Scrooge McDuck and Donald... and what Nolan did reminded me of Keno Don Rosa's "Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck", he took an iconic character and provided a level of depth and a dimension that went beyond the format of the comic-book canon. I guess if there ever was a "Batman" hall of fame, Nolan would be in the Top 5 not far from the creators or Adam West.