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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Batman Begins

If you read my blog you know I love comics. You also know I end up seeing most of the comics-related movies that come out. Being a big DC Comics fan you'd think the prospect of a Batman movie would get me really pumped. It does. Sort of. Except I'm not really a big Batman fan. Correction. I used to be a big Batman fan. I'm not a fan of today's controlling, paranoid, emotionally constipated Batman.

So last Saturday when we went to see Batman Begins I wasn't expecting much. The buzz on the movie was good. I loved the other film I'd seen by this director, Memento, but I still wasn't as excited about seeing Batman Begins as I was about say Hellboy when it came out. Boy, was I ever wrong.

The writers and director (David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan) got it. They got what Batman should be about. They didn't spend over half the movie showing us how wacky Batman's villains could be. They showed us Batman's fears, his motivation for doing what he does and they made him a remarkably likeable character. Remarkable mainly because today's comic book incarnation of The Dark Knight isn't very likeable.

Christian Bale was excellent as both Bruce Wayne and Batman. After Michael Keaton bailed on playing the character, it seemed like Hollywood figured any old schmo who could read a script would be okay in the suit. The last few Batman films proved them wrong. Thankfully the makers of this movie knew it too and cast Bale who brought a vulnerability to the character that was sorely needed.

Not only did they pick a winner with Bale, the entire cast of the movie turns in solid performances. I particularly loved Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, a Gotham city cop (and future police commissioner). And Michael Caine as Alfred was flawless.

Probably the best thing about this movie was the choice of villain...Ra's al Ghul. I know The Joker is considered to be *the* Bat villain but I've always loved R'as. The Joker is Batman's antithesis but R'as is Batman taken to the extreme.

Batman Begins is a worthy addition to the screen version of Batman and is definitely worth seeing if you're a fan of these types of movies.

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