Thursday, June 16, 2005

Batman Begins - I've seen it, and it is good!

My wife and I went and saw Batman Begins last night, and I am very happy to report that it was a very good movie. Thank god, because if we'd been given another nightmare like Batman & Robin I think that the movie going public would have given up on Batman movies for good. But anyway, the smartest thing that Warner Bros. did was to put Batman in the hands of Christopher Nolan - it was a move of inspired genius on their part. Nolan has given us a complete re-imagining of the origin of Batman, showing us bits of Bruce Wayne's childhood leading up to the death of his parents and then taking us along on his journey of discovery that teaches him the things he needs to know to become the Dark Knight. The movie is darker in tone than any Batman movie since the 1989 Tim Burton version, and that is a very welcome change from the last two movies.
Christian Bale makes a perfect Bruce Wayne - haunted by his past, but determined to do what is necessary to bring his own brand of justice to the corrupt, seedy, and all too real vision of Gotham City brought to life in the film. Bale really brings amazing depth and focus to the character, which was a really great thing to see since most of the Batman movies gloss over the double life Bruce Wayne leads, and the trouble it causes him - Michael Keaton tried to bring some of that depth out in the first two movies but it generally got lost among the cool gadgets and special effects.
I could probably go on about the movie forever, but I won't - you should go and see it for yourself. If you are a Batman fan, this is the movie for you. And I for one can't wait for the next one - it's been a while since I felt that way about the Batman movies, and it's a good feeling to have again.

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