Monday, 3 July 2017

Batman Begins Re-Review

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)

It was widely seen as an exceptional reboot of the titular character, BATMAN BEGINS was a breakthrough of Chris Nolan's career which has been in uphill since a few films in the past like MEMENTO and INSOMNIA were released as critical achievements. After viewing BATMAN BEGINS for the first time I thought it was a great movie, I have since re-watched it several times and now revised my opinion that the feature was spectacular. Although its successor THE DARK KNIGHT (click here) was a much more popular film in regards to its hype, this is the first that brought together a whole trilogy. Still dark and tense as the movie re-tells the origins how Bruce Wayne became the dark winged avenger through a painful childhood experience. Many fans of the comics were sceptical of this movie in its pre-release before it opened and it was a huge surprise to win them back for its return of dark atmosphere. It still maintains the tone that Nolan conspicuously uses in his spectacles and though it contains psychological themes that were not seen in a Batman movie for a long time.

Christian Bale was an ideal actor to portray the dark knight and prior to Ben Affleck, he was still the greatest that ever lived. I liked how his performance displays the determination and physical prowess which proved integral to his character. His predecessors like Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and to a lesser extent George Clooney have got nothing against the lead actor who replaced them. He has two movies to go before the saga is to reach its climatic finale with THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (click here) as his last. The other actors like Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman and Cillian Murphy were understated and well-privileged in their performances. One actress I had failed to mention in my older critique of the movie, Katie Holmes was too inexperienced as Bruce's love interest Rachel Dawes and for some reason, she may not be right for the role that suits her. The music score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard was brilliant in over-perfection and accompanies the movie into its pure setting of seriousness.

BATMAN BEGINS has evolved from the Batman movies of my youth. It's an amazingly uptight start of a trilogy and though it was the best movie second only to THE DARK KNIGHT. I consider it now to be my third personal favourite Batman movie. To those who have seen the film before, will probably enjoy it with its later two entries in order of its continuity.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

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