Batman Begins Reviews
The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City are finally brought to the big screen in this new adaptation of the perennially popular comic-book series. The young Bruce Wayne (Gus Lewis) leads a privileged life as the son of wealthy, philanthropist parents, both of whom stress their commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of crime-ridden Gotham City. After his mother and father are murdered by a mugger, however, Wayne grows into an impudent young man (Christian Bale), full of rage and bent on retribution. After seven years away from Gotham, Wayne returns, determined to bring peace and safety back to the city. With the help of his faithful manservant, Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine), and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a scientist at his late father's corporation, Wayne develops a secret identity as Batman, a masked fighter for justice.
In today's present, there's more than a couple reiterations of Batman. Which one's the best one? Well there are certainly better made ones but in the end, that's up to opinions. In my opinion, this is definitely my favorite version of Batman for many different reasons.
One reason why I love this version of Batman so much is because of the portrayal of Batman. Whether or not you like Christian Bale (which I do), this is certainly the most well-rounded version of Batman that we have today. His portrayal of Bruce Wayne, a billionaire genius who's giving up his reputation in order to keep Batman a hero, is spot on. His physicality and mannerism works great for Batman, a man with strong morals and initiative. His morals and his desires are what makes him human, relatable, and bad-ass. Everything from his suit and his performance, it's all great.
The overall story is a little ill-paced and messy in this film. It moves around pretty quickly and I feel like it's never really clear where we are in the story. It's pretty sudden and in your face that Bruce Wayne is disappeared training, along with all the characters in the story. The League of Shadows is never a clearly established union and everything else kind of tumbles under that. The story is interesting on its own and Scarecrow is a fantastic, horror-esk villain, but it never keeps up a steady pace. For a film with a long runtime, I feel like it could've been better utilized.
In the end, this beginning film was a little bit muddled by its pacing and its story elements, but it's still entertaining. It still looks solid for a film shot in 2005 and the action is entertaining, it's just not the best superhero film ever. It's a little convoluted at times, but it's still a great start.
A really great shift from the previous (dissapointing) Batman installments. Nolan did a great job here.
You'll notice that the third act doesn't end with some hard-to-believe alien attack or city falling from the sky. This movie was made before Marvel's influence was felt on DC characters.