Batman Begins (2005)
The greatest BATMAN movie ever!
BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes,
Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Morgan
Freeman, Ken Watanabe.
plot: Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has lost his parents when he was
young and trained with the great Ducard (Liam Neeson). He returns to
Gotham and wins his parent's fortune, manor and business, Wayne
Enterprizes. Now, with the help of an old friend of his family (Morgan
Freeman), Bruce becomes Batman by night, a dark hero who fights crime
in a city where the good people do nothing. Batman is thrust into a war
with his first major enemy, The Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy), only to
discover that the evil villain is working for someone much more
powerful from Bruce's past.
the good: Wow, for the last 13 years I held Tim Burton's BATMAN RETURNS
above every BATMAN film, and every film for that matter. It was a great
film, and it still is. But it was not the true BATMAN that I thought it
was. I have just came back from seeing this film, BATMAN BEGINS, and it
beats BATMAN RETURNS by a long-shot.
As much as I love Michael Keaton's portrayal as Bruce Wayne/Batman,
Christian Bale beats them all! He's great as the millionaire playboy,
Bruce Wayne, and also as the dark, bad-ass Batman. He treats Bruce and
Batman like two completely different characters, even better than both
Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer! He also sports the best costume, and an
awesome bat mobile.
Michael Caine and Gary Oldman are also great replacements for Michael
Gough and Pat Hingle as Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon. Caine
turned out just as great as Gough as the butler/father figure, but
Gordon put a more humorous touch on the character which did not
Cillian Murphy is equally great as the villain, The Scarecrow, who
freaks me out and leads to some creepy/cool trippy horror-like scenes.
Katie Holmes is also here as the love interest, she was OK, not as bad
as people say but still a little off. The rest of the cast also handles
their parts perfectly!
Christopher Nolan's direction was the best because it managed to be
dark and gloomy like Burton's, only a little more realistic!
The score and action are also honorable mentions for this film.
But in the end, what makes this the best is Christian Bale as Bruce
Wayne and Batman. Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer were also great, but
the way I see it, Bale is the definitive Batman!
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