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Batman Begins - Review

Posted on 2009.01.29 at 11:38
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Before watching this film it's fair to say that I didn't really understand Batman. Well okay I understood it to the point where I knew he was a man with lots of cash who equipped himself with gadgets and gizmos to fight masked criminals on the mean streets of Gotham City. So I guess I knew I lot, but I didn't really understand it. I criticised him for not having any real superpowers, unless you count extreme wealth as a superpower, but I was kind of missing the point. The Batman can fight off the baddies and everything, but his real power lies in being something that criminals fear. In fact most of the film is about fear. You've got the Batman trying to make criminals fear him and you've got the Scarecrow terrifying the inmates of his asylum. I've been wanting to see this film for about two years now and the thing that originally made me want to see it was not The Batman or the story of the Batman. It was the Scarecrow. The whole chemical agents to make people terrified thing piqued my interest and a scant two years later I'd finally seen it. Okay so the Scarecrow wasn't the main villain, that honour belonged to some bloke called Raas who I'd never heard of before. He apparently ran the Shadow League (who I'd never heard of before) and really didn't like Gotham City.

I thought the beginning was confusing because it kept flitting back and forth between the past and the present. Unfortunately for my mental continuity I assumed that him returning home from "Princeton" was him returning home from being in some foreign jail and joining the Shadow League (it's not that absurd a thing to think, I know he said he was back from Princeton but if I'd been in a foreign jail and joined the Shadow League I wouldn't come home and brag about it), so naturally I got a bit confused. The film really got going when he actually got back from the Shadow League and started forming the identity of the Batman. I loved the bit where he was taking on the villains for the first time and it was like something out of a horror movie where they get picked off one by one. That's the scene where I think I really understood how his power was fear itself.

I loved Michael Caine as the butler, although I didn't think terribly much of The Batman's love interest. The Batman himself was played by Christian Bale, who is the seperated at birth twin of Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli from Heroes). I keep saying this but nobody seems to agree with me, okay I've only really mentioned it to people who don't watch Heroes and that doesn't help my case, but I don't know anyone who has seen both Heroes and something with Christian Bale. Christian and Milo look the same, they talk the same... in Equilibrium Christian even wears the same coat. They're practically the same person. Oh and thingy was in the film as well. Morgan Freeman. He was good. I liked him. I liked the Tumbler as well. I loved the chase scene where it was going over the roofs and everything. That was great. The film's culmination was brilliantly laid out. The toxin in the water supply, waiting for a chance to get airborne, that water boiling machine on the elevated train. It's all really cleverly put together.

In summary it's a really good film with a good storyline, a good Batman, good villains... it's got everything you could want from a superhero origin story, and more. I also liked the bit at the end with the reference to the Joker and I guess I need to get myself off my ass and go and see The Dark Knight now. So I can see whether Heath Ledger really deserves all the oscars that he's going to win (and he is going to win them. Mark my words). Anyway I give it a nine out of ten. Thumbs well and truly up.

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