Saturday, July 19, 2008

Recap Review: Batman Begins

Batman Begins (2005) ***
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine. Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, and a shit load of actors you heard of.

Among the superheroes in superhero world, Batman has the reputation for being a rogue. He isn't the type that saves the day when the city begins to shit their pants. While the people of Metropolis is generally stupid when something bad happens, the people of Gotham are soooooooo New York when it comes to suspicious vigilantes who go bump in the night. Batman has a unique mystique about him. His story is unique and I don't need to recap the obvious story of Bruce Wayne in this review.

In this reboot of the series, director Christopher Nolan goes with method-actor extraordinare Christian Bale. And Bale fits the role like a glove. anyways when Bruce Wayne strats training himself to fight crooks in a Chinese prison, he is discovered by a mysterious man named Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson). In some psychedelic sequences where Wayne is supposed to face his fears, he becomes a fighting master and destroys the society Ducard is apart of. Their plan is to the destroy Gotham, the city of great decadence.

When Wayne returns to Gotham, he sees the city as a city griped in feat. Th mob, run by Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson is once again awesome), owns every law man, except for a few, especially Rachael Dawes (an underrated Katie Holmes) and James Gordon (Gary Oldman). With the help of these broskis, Batman stops Carmine, but he only the start of puzzle, that invloves a creepy asylum director (Cillian Murphy) and some surprise twist.

Compared to other, non-Tim Burton Batman movies, Batman Begins is solid way to reboot a series. Sure, it's only good, and Christopher Nolan is only just understanding how to make action movies. Like his other films, Nolan makes Batman Begins into a big montage of endless action. It's art meets action. Bale is also good, but needs to understand being a big action star. However, it's better than the not Keaton Batmen. Some of the actions sequences pack some serious puch, but once again, it's indie film trying to be Hollywood. A good film to watch. But wait until The Dark Knight bros. Good luck.

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