Rapid Review: Batman Begins (2005)

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“There is nothing to fear, but fear itself!”
– Scarecrow

SYNOPSIS: After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. – via IMDB

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GRADE 9The movie was simply amazing, with great cinematography as well as a brilliant score. This is one of my favourite origin stories, if not my most favourite. I know they have been done to death, but let’s face it, not quite the way that Nolan has done it. The man is a master, and he revolutionized the way we perceived the Batman films after they were butchered by Joel Schumacher. Nolan’s casting choices were dead on. Michael Caine is a perfect Alfred and Gary Oldman’s Jim Gordon is a solid, trusty character. Christian Bale is my favourite Batman because he manages to pull of both Bruce Wayne and the caped crusader, which is something a lot of actors fail to do. ore often than not in superhero movies the actor can either pull off his identity or the alter ego, but so few times are they a success at both. He is pitted against the awesome Scarecrow, and Cillian Murphy was freaking perfect here, he plays the role so well. You cannot forget about Liam Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul because he was truly a formidable enemy to have. Morgan Freeman’s Lucius Fox is a character that I thoroughly enjoy. The confused love story between Bruce and Rachel is very sad, too. Never overplayed, never not there. I think that the humour that is put forth in this movie is exactly what it has to be: not enough to make it a comedy, but not so greatly lacking that there is nothing but insurmountable drama. The humour that is laced throughout this is hilarious and gets me giggling good and proper, which is fun. The plot is put together well, and manages to stand on its own, and is definitely more than your average hollow action flick. If you have not watched it, where have you been?! For those who have watched it, watch it again and again! A Christopher Nolan Batman marathon is worth it each and every time. The length of the movie was just right, with plenty time to tell us Bruce’s story as well as take us through the motions of becoming the Batman. It did not feel long or dragged out anywhere, so well done! There is so much great stuff going on for this movie, from the awesome score from Hans Zimmer, to the great performances from the cast, a fantastic story and plenty action that looked fantastic… you can’t help but love this movie!

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18 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Batman Begins (2005)

      • By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff says:

        Affleck’s been kind of hit or miss with me.I liked him in Good Will Hunting, Argo, The Town, Gone Baby Gone, and Gone Girl, but there are many others that left me disappointed. I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt because of the whole “local boy makes good” thing but sometimes there’s only so much of a lifeline you can give someone. I think you’re right Zoe. His strengths lie more in his writing and directing.

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  1. lukebbtt says:

    I love these films to pieces. I think the main difference between Nolan and the other Batman movies is that Nolan’s are actually about Batman. In Begins, it is Bruce Wayne becoming the Batman. In Dark Knight, it is about Batman trying to do justice in a corrupt police force and with a city that doesn’t trust him. And Rises is about him being trapped in his own cycle. If you look at the Burtons and Schumacher’s, the main plot or character arc is the villain’s. Freeze’s search for a cure. Penguin’s outcast figure. Batman kind of just shows up and does his thing. Nolan finds the correct balance between the villain and the hero (maybe not in Begins – my one complaint is that Scarecrow is a little under-used, but the origin story is a lot of plot to go through in Nolan’s defence).

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    • Zoë says:

      I think you are the only other person I know who loves these as much as I do. Nolan did a bloody brilliant job! I would have loved to have seen more of the Scarecrow, but I wasn’t really prepared to sacrifice any of the backstory, to be honest. He struck the perfect balance, you were equally interested in both parties and what they would do in their respective situations.

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