In 2005, British director Christopher Nolan brought us Batman Begins. The plot combines elements from Batman Year One and a few other sources to bring us a new film origin for the Batman. It took Gotham City out of obscurity and into modern times. That was heavily needed after the disaster that was Batman and Robin.
After his parent’s murder, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), finds himself locked in a Chinese prison before ended up being trained by Ra’s al Ghul’s (Ken Watanabe) right-hand man Ducard (Liam Neeson) through the path of League of Shadows. Through flashbacks, we discover that he wanted to kill his parents’ killer Joe Chill (Richard Brake), but after an encounter with gangster Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson), leaves Gotham City.
After an incident where it appears al Ghul dies, Bruce with his faithful butler Alfred (Michael Caine) returns to Gotham City to begin his career as a crime-fighter. He connects with GPD Sergeant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), his childhood friend Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), and Wayne Industries engineer Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman). Though he starts to make headway, the twisted Dr. Jonathan Crane (Cillian Murphy) has a secret benefactor who will bring Gotham and the Batman to its knees.
This movie brought Batman out of film limbo and into the modern era. It is clearly a modern, gritty take that while it avoids the cheesiness of some comic book films, it still pays homage with Easter eggs and direct references. Nolan did everything right in this DC Comics adaption, from the casting to recruiting Hans Zimmer for the score, it is one of his finest films.
As for Christian Bale, he shines as the Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne. He brings a bleakness and sense of fulfillment in his role and makes the movie go along at a comfortable pace. Holmes’s performance still divides fans, but I think it was suitable for this movie. Neeson and Murphy shine as the villains Ra’s al Ghul and Jonathan Crane aka the Scarecrow. Their performances are unmatched, with the exception of Heath Ledger as The Joker in the film’s sequel.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I’m Batman.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, disturbing images, and foul language
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