Thursday, June 16, 2005

Batman Begins

I saw this movie last night and loved it. They just don't make movies like this anymore, let alone comic book movies. Christopher Nolan is not only a talented director (Memento was visually and directorially incredible) but he treated his subject matter seriously and it's obvious the screenplay was written with lots of TLC. The film had some great elements from the Batman universe -- easter eggs like Mr. Zsaz and references to No Man's Land, as well as taking lots of themes out of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One. Every scene was more than just a pop movie; so many decisions were deliberate and added to the overall harmony of the story, including stuff like Katie Holmes' character closing the story with Bruce Wayne while he is hammering the well shut where he fell at the beginning of the movie. The armour wasn't stupid looking (the man could turn his head!) and the Tumbler Batmobile made the Batman Returns Batmobile its bitch. Also I very much enjoyed the progression of the characters, how we see Bruce evolve and create both his Batman and his Bruce Wayne persona. Michael Caine wasn't nearly as annoying as Alfred as I thought he would be and Morgan Freeman is still happily in actor retirement, playing himself. I loved the Scarecrow and the fear toxin effect, especially because we see both what the person under the fear toxin influence sees and how the object of the fear is not as scary as the fear itself. God, there's more, but I guess the bottomline is that this is the best comic book movie I have ever seen.


Blogger Melinda Casino said...

Wow, I wasn't hopeful at all for this movie (the whole Batman series seems tired), but you've convinced me to see it. :)

6/17/2005 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous szczewik said...

Is this movie really so good? I'v sennn trailer couple of times and I wasn't very optimistic about it, but if You say so...

6/17/2005 02:12:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

"Wow, I wasn't hopeful at all for this movie (the whole Batman series seems tired), but you've convinced me to see it. :) "

exxxxxcellent. ^_^

but then again, there is the caveat that i'm a huuuuge comic book geek, so i'm already very familiar with the batman universe...

6/17/2005 02:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Shelly said...

i really liked it too... which i was surprised, because (much to my boyfriends dismay) i'm like the ONE person in the universe who loved Batman Forever. i thought maybe the fighting scenes dragged on a little, but the storyline was great and (besides katie holmes) it was really well acted.

6/17/2005 04:23:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

... i must guiltily say i kinda liked batman forever as well, but this one made joel schumacher it's bitch. ^_^

val kilmer made a great bruce wayne, a great batman. you're not alone, shelley!

6/17/2005 08:27:00 AM  
Blogger phillyjay said...

Is it more serious then your average comic book super hero movie?

6/19/2005 01:53:00 AM  
Blogger James said...

Philly, Batman Begins is easily the first superhero oriented comic book film since Tim Burton's Batman (1989) to engage in a serious thematic outlook on its subject protagionist. Further, it's an incredibly fun, action packed, witty film.

Christopher Nolan weaved the best elements of post-1980's Batman mythos into the most intense summer blockbuster of the year.

See this film.

6/19/2005 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous KeatonCar said...

Jenn, Jenn, Jenn. Gotta say it... gotta ask ya. How could you say that about my beloved Returns beauty. That long shiny black morsel of sizzle-cake and i'm not talking Denzel here honey, is the best one ever... you know it. The Keaton Car rules foo-foo. Kisses darling.

2/11/2006 05:45:00 AM  

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