Batman Begins Review

Ah yes, the beginning. Where we learn all about are mysterious hero and his troubled path. What would lead some one to become a Caped Crusader? Where does he train, what are his morals? Who was Bruce Wayne before Batman? And yes, Why a bat? Why not Panther man? All these questions are answered in extreme detail.

If your looking for a continuation of the previous Batman movies, your going to be sorely disappointed. The movie explains that Batman is a legend, and as a legend he shall live forever. His parents still die, but they don't die by the hands of the joker. They die by a crazed gun man, but it's told a different way. The background we get from all of the previous batman movies needs to be thrown out the window. It's a similar story to what we are used to, all the basics are there, but the legend is told in a much different way, with a different Batman.

I never read the comic books but I'd imagine, with the amount of detail and drawn out story line, they did a pretty good job staying true to their roots. I had to keep reminding myself that this movie is here to set the foundation for all of the future ones. But I still found myself nodding off. I saw the midnight showing, so it could have been just because it was late at night, but I was seriously struggling to stay awake. The movie was one hundred and forty one minutes long, and I would bet that about one hundred of those where used in laying down the foundation. That doesn't leave a whole lot for the actual movie plot to unfold.

That's probably what disappointed me the most about the movie. The Scarecrow is one of my favorite Batman characters, and we really don't get to see a lot of him. He isn't even the real enemy batman has to defeat! But I won't spoil it by explaining. There was so much foundation that it turned this movie from an action packed batman movie into something more of a drama based around Batman. Those of you looking for an action packed, grip the seat, kind of movie will be in for a shock. This is the Batman Drama Movie.

The acting was well done; I really can't imagine them being able to do a better job. The sound effects, the visuals, the story line were all about as good as it gets. So for what there was to work with this project turned out exactly like it should have.

When walking into the theater keep in mind that they aren't just going to jump into crime fighting batman. They didn't make a continuation of the previous movie series, and that the only reason for Batman Begins is to set up the next Batman movie. I have very high hopes for the sequel. With all the "boring" out of the way, the next movie should be action packed and more of what we would expect in a super hero movie!

"Batman Begins" opens June 15, 2005 and is rated PG13. Action, Comic Book. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Written by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. Starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Tom Wilkinson, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman.



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