Brilliant! The impressive cast list say's it all...
This film is well worth watching, again and again....
It has everything a Batman movie commands.
It's dark, moody, mysterious, suave, sophisticated... And that's just Christian Bale... Bale delivers a superb performance, he really does excel at playing this type of character. Without a doubt he makes the best Bruce Wayne since Michael Keaton's excellent portrayal of the caped crusader in Tim Burton's 'Batman' movie released way back in 1989.
The basic storyline tells the tale of how Bruce Wayne witnessed his parent's being murdered when he was just a young child.
The psychological affects of this traumatic experience leave Bruce struggling to cope not only with the loss of both of his parents but also with his internal battle to conquer his uncontrollable feelings of guilt and anger. This manifests into his incessant need to seek revenge and rid Gotham of the sinister forces that threaten the city.
He travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful.
Along the way he is exposed to a series of rigorous endurance tests, conditioning his mind and body to withstand the physical and mental stamina required for such a heroic task.
On his return to Gotham he engages the help of his trusted butler Alfred (Michael Cane). Cane plays Alfred with the demure grace and english eccentricity that one would expect.
And so, now that Bruce has acquired the necessary skills for taking on the sinister forces that threaten Gotham City, he and Alfred set about creating Bruce's alter ego and equipping him with an array of high tech gadgets and weaponary...
It's hard to wrong with such a star studded cast... Treating us to a schmorgers board laden with some of the industries finest talent....
This film really is faultless. It's beautifully filmed, wonderfully directed, it achieves that rare quality of combining fantasy with style and sophistication. It's a superhero movie that retains just enough realism to prevent it being another one of those big budget, over the top movies that have been hollywood-ized to within an inch of their lives...
Watch and enjoy :-)
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‘Batman Begins’ means that you will have to go through the whole apprenticeship of the young and inexperienced Bruce - and that does just half of the movie - before the real stuff begins. All that philosophical/moral initiation and martial art training was an interesting approach of the circumstances that turned Bruce Wayne into Batman, but it falls through (we’re far from the Matrix and Morpheus’s teaching).
In addition, the Batman will craft and manufacture all his funky toys and trappings; that can be interesting, but it takes off the magic. What we like with Batman is the dream, the supernatural, the fantastic: trying to bring everything down to rational proportions is a bit dull and dispiriting. Hopefully the magic will take off with the action - the trouble is you need to see the first part of the film to understand what’s going on in the second. But then, maybe you won’t have wasted your time.
It’s a Batman movie, so expect just that (and there’s no Schwarzenegger or George Clooney in this one - yet, I salute Michael Caine who brings a little tinge of quality to the film). There’s action and blasts and stunts to everyone’s content, on that you can rely. Christopher Nolan has become a Hollywood film maker, so don’t expect any personal directing touch. The script was audacious in its twists (mostly in the fight between good and evil) but the end treatment is no better than a good comic.
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The Story Begins..
The Batman Begins film brings the entire story of Bruce Wayne seemingly back to the start. Anyone who has not seen previous Batman films can easily enjoy this new adventure as a fresh cast and director casts a fresh light on such a classic and legendary tale.
This new chapter to the story has a darker feel, less like the comic book style movies and television programmes of previous years, this new telling has a more "graphic novel" approach bringing with it more intense performances, storylines making it an altogether more credible movie.
it is less cartoon like as the fictional city of Gotham becomes real, the villians are real and the violence is real. In that sense this may not be as child friendly as other sci-fi and comic book adaptations but it is an amazing film taking a totally new look at the caped crusader.
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Batman Is Back and Better Then Ever......WOW!
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Christopher Nolan (and cast) have pulled off what I hadn't dared to dream - a Batman every bit as good as Burton/Keaton's vision - and eradicated the camp, feverish memories of Clooney, Kilmer and (cough..) O'Donnell.
The story is as good an origin story as you'll find - covering all the major (true-to-the-comic) events, and not wasting ages on them. We see Wayne's all-important training period (previously ignored), and his connection to the Tibetan shadow-ninja clan led by Ra's Al Ghul. We see Bruce come up with ideas for his symbol, his costume, his gadgets, his car, his cave - IT ALL FITS SO PERFECTLY.
That's not all - Liam Neeson is perfect (as ever, when Lucas isn't writing his lines), Batman's first mad nemesis (the Scarecrow) is genuinely frightening; with some outstandingly scary 'fear' effects.. Gary Oldman looks just like a young Commissioner Gordon (and doesn't dominate), Morgan Freeman and Rutger Hauer give solid heavyweight support to the boardroom machinations at Wayne Enterprizes. I love Michael Gough(?) but Michael Caine is great as Alfred. It's only Katie Holmes who didn't ring true for me - not because of her performance, but simply because she looks all of 15 years old (sorry Katie). I am always blown away by Christian Bale, and this is no exception.
The fights are great, the Bat-gadgets all there, the car is amazing, the plot is thorough and exciting, Gotham looks great, Batman really is frightening & menacing (and lethal!).. And the scenes with the bats themselves FINALLY get across the idea of how scary they can be.
There is some humour, but it's fairly dry. The soundtrack, like all the best original soundtracks, is excellent - you hardly know it's there, but the emotions of the scene are enhanced and boosted. For the most part this is a serious Batman film, with plenty for long-time fans. This NEW Batman is one I'd like to see again. Bravo Mr Nolan, bravo.
A good film but nothing like the first four films.
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
I do like this film but I am a fan of the originals which were true to the cartoon caper character and full of bright lights and loud characters. This film is much darker and more serious. It trys to explain why Bruce Wayne becomes Batman (which was done already but differently in the 1st film) His character is brooding and sulky (and a ninja!)and it is a great stand alone film but don't expect it to be anything like the first four films. Michael Caine is a star as Alfred the butler.