Thursday, 19 July 2012

Batman Begins Review (Updated)

Batman Begins

Release Date: 16th June 2005 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
DC Comics
Legendary Pictures (Uncredited)
Palatex Productions

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 140 minutes

Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $374,218,673

Plot Summary
After his parents' murder,
disillusioned heir Bruce
Wayne travels the world
seeking the means to fight
injustice. With the help of
his trusted butler Alfred,
detective Jim Gordon and
his ally Lucius Fox, Wayne
returns to Gotham and
unleashes his alter-ego:
Batman, a masked crusader
who uses strength, intellect
and high-tech weaponry to
fight evil.

Christian Bale - Bruce Wayne/
Gus Lewis - Young Bruce Wayne
Michael Caine - Alfred Pennyworth
Liam Neeson - Henri Ducard
Katie Holmes - Rachel Dawes
Emma Lockhart - Young Rachel
Gary Oldman - Sgt. James Gordon
Morgan Freeman - Lucius Fox
Cillian Murphy - Dr. Jonathan
Crane/The Scarecrow
Tom Wilkinson - Carmine Falcone
Rutger Hager - William Earle
Ken Watanabe - Ra's Al Ghul
Mark Boone Junior - Det. Arnold Flass
Larry Holden - Carl Finch
Colin McFarlane - Gillian B. Loeb
Gus Lewis - Young Bruce Wayne
Emma Lockhart - Young Rachel
Linus Roache - Thomas Wayne
Sara Stewart - Martha Wayne
Richard Brake - Joe Chill
Tim Booth - Victor Zsasz
Gerard Murphy - Judge Faden
Rade Serbedzjia - Homeless Man
Jack Gleeson - Little Boy

Screenplay/Director -
Christopher Nolan
Based on Characters - Bob Kane
Story/Screenplay - David S. Goyer
Executive Producers - Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan
Producers - Larry J. Franco, Charles Roven,
Emma Thomas & Lorne Orleans (IMAX Version)
Production Designer - Nathan Crowley
Costume Designer - Lindy Hemming
Prosthetics/Costume Effects Consultant - Nick Dudman 
Director of Photography - Wally Pfister
Stunt Coordinator - Paul Jennings
Special Effects Coordinator - Chris Corbould 
Visual Effects Supervisor: Double Negative -
Paul J. Franklin
Visual Effects Supervisors - Dan Glass & Janek Sirrs
Film Editor - Lee Smith
Music - James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer


2006 Academy Awards
Best Cinematography - Wally Pfister (Nominated)

BATMAN BEGINS unlike the original Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher series has a sense of realism and seemed to be disturbing and brutal where the last two Batman films were comical and suitable for people of young ages. Christopher Nolan's portrayal is dark and spine-tingling, what makes this film is how the director uses dark colouring in his sets accompanied by a serious soundtrack by James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer. Though the acting of Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson and Gary Oldman were quite exceptional. I feel Christian Bale's performance as Batman was perfectly suited for him which is made apparent in the way he displays a sense of heroism and physical form which is crucial for the Dark Knight.

BATMAN BEGINS was a good start of a new film series for the caped crusader, but it was appreciated by fans and it will be for the newer ones as it explains what happened before he became Batman and the journey he took in becoming the one that we all idolise.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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