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I seek the means... to fight injustice. To turn fear... against those who prey on the fearful. - Bruce Wayne
Bat-horns off to the Batman Begins cast and crew where they accomplished what Iâ€™ve been craving for so damn long : to have the embarrassing Adam West TV show and the four previous Batman movies ERASED from my battered memory and give me the Dark Knight the way I like him; DARK! Although I appreciated the two Tim Burton Batman films on some levels, BATMAN BEGINS is the Batman Iâ€™ve been waiting forâ€¦.the â€śrealâ€ť Batmanâ€ť. What took them so long? No kookiness, crappy Prince music or huge Bat nipples in this mofo; BATMAN BEGINS played it straight and grounded on every level. I was personally incredibly moved by Wayneâ€™s physical and emotional journey to becoming Batman. I actually felt like I was watching an epic in places and you know what? I WAS! Firmly supported by Christian Baleâ€™s arresting performance, this flick explored with depth, intelligence and realism Bruce Wayneâ€™s psyche and tackled in a realistic manner how one would go about dressing up as bat to whoop that ass. Itâ€™s about damn time that somebody out there fully capitalized on Wayneâ€™s gloom and mental intricacies on celluloid! Sure they covered some of it in the Burton/Keaton version but it was nothing like this, they went all the way here. THANK YOU!
ARROW NEEDS A SHRINK NOTE: Was it just me or did I find myself agreeing with the extremist mentality of the Batman â€śtrainingâ€ť? I was lapping up the filmâ€™s philosophy fervently and am considering donning a â€śVisa Collectorâ€ť suit (my worst fear) to go fight evil in my crime ridden city. END OF NOTE
The flick excelled on a production level as well. Gotham City finally looked like an actual metropolis as opposed to an obvious set (see 4 previous Batman films). The detailed oriented designs (loved that train) and the dread filled atmosphere that floated about went on to create a hypnotizing world, one rooted in reality but that simultaneously displayed a dazzling pinch of otherworldly. And the same could be said about Batmanâ€™s suit and gadgets; all played for real, with actual roots to them (military prototypes). Granted the Batmobile didnâ€™t look nearly as sleek as the ride we all know so well and love but at least the design made sense in terms of what the vehicle has to do: KICK THAT ASS! What about the action you may ask? Well the film worked wonders for me when tackling broad pow-wow scenarios with the Batmobileâ€™s demolition derby and the extensive finale working my joy button overtime. WOW! The last drop of potent acid on this oneâ€™s severed limbs were the arresting villains with the Scarecrow in particular chilling my already cold blood to a Mister Freeze state. Props to Cillian Murphy for his brilliant rendition of the mad Doctor! He often stole the show right from under everyoneâ€™s bat noses. And pat on the back to the filmmaker for running with the Scarecrowâ€™s â€śmakeâ€ť opening the door to some very â€śhorror movieâ€ť like imagery. Me likey a lot!
On the downside; I truly didnâ€™t care for the way in which the â€śhand to handâ€ť fight sequences were edited. All tight shotsâ€¦I didnâ€™t see shite. What happened to the good old days of "mano et mano" fights being actually â€śshownâ€ť via varied shots as opposed to just implied? That took away from the film for me. Somebody needs to see that pit-fight in Stone Cold again to witness how itâ€™s done right. Now thatâ€™s a freaking fist fight! COME ON! The random attempts at levity via â€śone linersâ€ť also felt awkward, namely when coming from citizens who â€śseeâ€ť Batman (that kidâ€¦urg). Lastly turning the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Rachel into a â€ślove storyâ€ť down the road felt tacked on. I didnâ€™t pick up anything more than friendship off these two birds! Smelled too much like Spiderman 2 to me!
On the whole Batman Begins was an expertly crafted, highly intelligent and quite moving opus, one that gave me my moneyâ€™s worth and that already has me yearning for a sequel. We finally get a shot at a GREAT Batman franchise! Run with it gang! RUN WITH IT!