Batman Begins

Woo-Hoo! Today we had our 10,000th hit!

And now a new review from The Movie Snob:

Batman Begins (A-). I thought this movie was just about as good as a comic-book-superhero movie can be. The director takes the first third of the movie to tell us the backstory of how Bruce Wayne became the Dark Knight, and it is a great ride. Then it’s back to the seething cesspool of Gotham, where young Bruce gropes his way towards the familiar cowl and costume. Unlike the previous Batman movies (at least the two I saw), the focus here is squarely on the hero; there is no scene-stealing ubervillain to divert our attention from Wayne’s struggle to come to grips with his parents’ deaths and his tremendous appetite for vigilante-style justice. I didn’t see the George Clooney incarnation of the Caped Crusader, but I thought Christian Bale buried Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer with his outstanding performance. The film’s one weakness is Katie Holmes, who is pretty much a cipher. And why is her smile so lop-sided? It’s like half her face is paralyzed or something. For the sequel, bring back the love interest from Batman Forever, and we’ll have an A movie for sure.

6 comments on “Batman Begins

  1. […] advantage of Hades (Ralph Fiennes, The Reader) in his secret plot to overthrow Zeus (Liam Neeson, Batman Begins). As in the original, the Greek city of Argus gets cursed to be destroyed by the Kraken unless […]

  2. […] it or heard of it before, as it stars Christian Bale. But the film was made before Bale debuted in Batman Begins and attained superstar status. It’s probably a good thing that the film wasn’t widely […]

  3. […] my expectations were so low, or perhaps because Steve Carell (The Way Way Back) and Morgan Freeman (Batman Begins) lift the quality of any movie they appear in. It’s not really a comedy, even though there […]

  4. […] mystery. Filled with tongue-in-cheek dialogue and featuring understated performances by Val Kilmer (Batman Begins) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) this movie is a pleasant surprise. Much of the humor in the […]

  5. […] getting out there and buying tickets to Serenity so they would make a sequel. Honorable mention to Batman Begins, the best of the three Batman movies that I have seen to date. It even beats whichever that one was […]

  6. […] saw this movie on DVD and liked it a little better than I liked Shopgirl. Sam (Christian Bale, pre-Batman Begins) and his girlfriend Alex (Kate Beckinsale, Everybody’s Fine) are freshly minted Harvard […]

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