Before I begin, may I proclaim my love for the director/writer/producer of this film, Christopher Nolan and his genius; also for all the actors, many of whom are my favs; and finally, for this film which makes it on my top ten list, I do believe (which I should attempt to post about someday, by the way).
Batman Begins is a superhero action film. Bruce Wayne has watched his home, Gotham City, turn into a place of crime-corrupted abyss throughout his entire life, so he decides to fight injustice and evil by becoming the hero Gotham needs–Batman. The film stars Christian Bale (Oscar Winner), Michael Caine (Oscar Winner), Liam Neeson (Oscar Nominee), Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Rutgar Hauer, and Morgan Freeman (Oscar Winner). Based on the DC comic by Bob Kane. Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, produced by Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, Larry J. Franco. (Running Time: 140 minutes)(Rated PG-13 for intense action violence, disturbing images, and some thematic elements)
First of all: …Wow! I am amazed at what they could fit into this movie with being loyal to the original comic book yet mixing it with the new and updated Batman. The story is also so thoughtful and more…”darker” toned which would attract an even wider audience successfully without making it a “dark” film like Tim Burton’s version.
Christopher Nolan is a master film-artist, and I love all his films. He loves all the major aspects of a film, starting with the story, moving into the acting/filming process, and ending with wonderful editing that completes the story. His take on Batman was well-rounded and did not make you always root for the superhero; you also rooted for the man behind the mask, and that’s something rare in a movie like this. Personally, its not just an action sock-’em-up flick. It has a deeper, thoughtful story behind it, and I love it when they mix that with this amazing action. This way, you are intrigued by both the cool fighting and the story combined, which means there will never be a dull moment. Batman is (in a far stretch) a tougher Sherlock Holmes on darker-colored steroids.
Considering production in this film, it was excellently done. The screenplay was written tremendously well. The cinematography was gorgeous and forbidding at times. The sets made you feel like you were sometimes in the slums of Chicago or New York, or in one of the richest estates a man could ever live in, all the way to a monastery in the mountains! The editing is pretty impressive as well, I dare say! All in all, this film was extremely well-rounded in all corners of production. Oh, one of the things this superhero film included like many of its brothers and cousins have usually skipped out on, is its stronger, in-depth acting. The acting was very good as well.
Batman Begins was a success at the box office, gaining over $372 million in theaters and doing very well on DVD and home video; all on a $150 million budget. The critics were overwhelmed by how good Batman Begins was, and praised it for most all the things I just listed above. It ended up only receiving one Academy Award nomination at the Oscars, sorry to say (for Best Cinematography). But in gaining both a large success with tickets at the movie theaters and acclaim from critics would allow Christopher Nolan the right to make a sequel. And in summer 2008, The Dark Knight was released in theaters (but I’ll save that wonderful, wonderful, wonderful review for another day…)
I very much enjoy this movie. High up on my list! I would give it a 7 out of 7 stars.
You may not enjoy the bat as much as I do. But I would encourage you, if you haven’t already, to try this one out. If you like your superhero movies with an actually story behind them–and not just your basic fight scene every other scene–then you will definitely like Batman Begins.
You won’t find another movie quite like this one!