Reel 2 Reel Movie Reviews: Batman Begins

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Batman Begins


It took George Lucas three attempts to make a prequel that was worthy of its franchise but Christopher Nolan struck gold in his first attempt. Batman Begins lives up to the vision of Tim Burton when he made Batman 1 and 2. The star cast of this movie, with the exception of Katie Holmes, is stunning and although it takes a few minutes to get used to Christian Bale as Batman, it's easy to see why he was chosen for the lead role once those minutes have passed. His acting, as we have seen in 'American Psycho', is intense and dark just like the movie and he steals the show from veteran actors such as Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Gary Oldman.

Michael Caine, as usual, was great as he brought life into Bruce Wayne's father figure and butler, Alfred. His character is witty and stern and no one could have pulled it off better. We do not get much of Morgan Freeman in the movie although I do hope that changes in the next installment. Morgan Freeman plays Lucius Fox, the inventor and scientist who made
Batman's suit and his gadgets.

The story blends very well between the childhood memories of Bruce Wayne and his present life (in the movie), helping us understand what really created the anger within Bruce Wayne. The movie walks us through the trial and error experiences of Batman which helps Bruce Wayne, Lucious Fox and Alfred create the Bat gadgets. The movie also answers all the questions we had about Batman's past like how did he train to become Batman, how did the Bat symbol come about and how did he get the ideas for his Bat Tools. Overall, a great experience.

I would have given this movie 5 popcorn bags but Katie Holmes grabbed one thanks to her acting which made her character resemble a nagging and annoying old woman.

View the trailer here.

This movie has been reviewed by a guest blogger: Ajay Shroff

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Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

Thanks for the review, Ajay (and for posting it, Dumas!)

I wasn't going to see the movie (Katie Holmes is SO lame) but now I think I shall!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Ajay Shroff said...

Yes Saurkaut, dont let one performance stop you from seeing this movie. I almost coined her Dawson's Creep but I decided to be nice. :)

7:56 AM  
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