Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Stars out of 10: 9.0
If Batman was born in 1989 and butchered in 1997, then 2005 marks the official re-birth of Batman, this time with more aggressiveness than ever before
After the disappointing results of Batman & Robin, up-and-coming director Christopher Nolan took it upon himself to do a Batman reboot. And that’s exactly what Nolan did and bought forward the (then) greatest Batman installment of all time. Frankly speaking, I did not like it the first time around because I wasn’t much exposed to Christian Bale. After seeing him in The Machinist and American Psycho, I saw this film again and this time, loved it. Each scene builds up to another scene like a long great drum marathon by either Nick Menza or John Bonham. Overall, I liked the dark tone of the movie which was lacking in the superhero movies of its time, bar Blade.
One thing I would like to point out: I liked Katie Holmes performance as Rachel Dawes and she was quite convincing. Of course, when Maggie stepped in the sequel, she was more better but Katie was also good nevertheless (same as The Joker situation). Also, the chemistry between the leads, Bale & Holmes, might be a little shaky but it wasn’t whiny as the Peter Parker/Mary Jane pairing from the Spider-Man franchise. This one had more realistic feelings and emotions. Also, I liked the fact that this had a wide variety of classic actors like Tom Wilkinson, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. I mean, an epic movie like this deserves to have epic actors, right?
Let’s see, what about the film? Unlike it’s predecessors and it’s successor, Begins is more dialogue-driven. I think that was a good thing or otherwise it would’ve been just another action-superhero movie and would’ve been boring. All in all, the acting by everyone is great (check out Cillian Murphy and Tom Wilkinson) and the action is well placed and Cillian Murphy is the only actor who easily blends with all characters and shares good chemistry with each. In conclusion, first watch Batman & Robin, get heavily disappointed and then watch Batman Begins to lift your spirits higher.