Finally, a rendition of Batman that most fans of the comic book would be proud of. At least that was the hope I had when I finally sat down to watch Batman Begins.
Let’s start where the producer’s of Batman Begins got it right. Without a doubt, they nailed the persona of Batman. From the telling story of a troubled Bruce Wayne, to the compassionate, vengeance driven caped-crusader, this movie lays it all out in a well defined manner. Every nuance of what drives Batman is explored. Finally. Next up, the gadgets. We’ve all wondered “where the fuck does he get all those cool weapons and vehicles.” Now we know where they come from, what they’re made of and how they work. Now they’re more than just a prop that he pulls out of his ass to save the day. Another plus is the Gotham cityscape. It is detailed. It is foreboding. Gotham City is explained and presented to the viewer like a living, breathing object. Lastly, Christian Bale, enacts a convincing Bruce Wayne. I felt sorrow for him. I applauded his heroics. The casting directors got it right.
By now, however, I’m sure your saying to yourself, “If the movie is this good, what could possibly be bad about it?” Right? Well there are a few things that irritated me, in a major fucking way. The beginning of the movie takes way too fucking long to develop. I honestly thought I was watching “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” again . . . only with Ducard (Liam Neeson) giving tutelage to Bruce Wayne instead of Obi-Wan teaching Anakin. I understand the need to develop the character, but taking 3/4 of the movie to do it, is just over-fucking-kill. Also, Katie Holmes is atrocious. She adds zero value to the movie. And holy-crooked face Batman, she is not a pleasure to look at! Thank goodness, Bruce Wayne does not hook up with her. The casting directors I previously congratulated, fucked up here. Royally.
What does this mean? Not much in the scheme of things. Batman Begins is undoubtedly the best movie of the franchise (although the Michael Keaton “Batman” was a pleasure to watch too). I think the producers have themselves setup quite well for a sequel (I would love to see who plays the Joker).