Most people of my generation remember the Batman, he was one of my favorite superheroes and I was always drawing him in class as a child. When I got older I remember watching the old series with Adam West, you all remember that crazy show right? I won’t argue that it was even accurate to […]
Most people of my generation remember the Batman, he was one of my favorite superheroes and I was always drawing him in class as a child. When I got older I remember watching the old series with Adam West, you all remember that crazy show right? I won’t argue that it was even accurate to the comic but it was good TV. Then in 1989 the first of the movies as we know it exploded on the big screen in dynamic fashion. Director Tim Burton showed audiences the “real” Batman, a dark mysterious vigilante whose psyche was only a step away from the men he either killed or delivered to the police. Michael Keaton grasped the role of the dark knight and across from the legendary Jack Nicholson, the movie was nothing short of awesome. Then as is typical of any high grossing film, the mastery spawned three sequels, each worse than the former. Maybe I am being too kind here, the second was good but not good enough, the third was awful and the last was unwatchable. There I said it, it became a joke and an example of what bad writing can do to a good product. Well the locks were placed on the Batman series until a worthy script was presented…
Ladies and gentlemen we bring you 2005’s Batman Begins and what a beginning it is. When I watched this movie, the same emotions that went through me when I watched the original Batman resurfaced. The acting was very well done, the action sequences, though crowded in alot of scenes were exciting and the story was awesome. For fear of spoiling anything for you readers I will not divulge into any of the plot but I can say that this movie really does a good job of conveying the comic book hero as I remembered him. Christian Bale owned his character as much as Michael Keaton did in the original and the cinematography was very well done.
One of my pet peeves about the Batman sequels aside from the Neon Batmobile, was the prettiness of Gotham City. In Batman Begins, Gotham is returned to the dark Metropolis it should be, but still pales in comparison to Burton’s look (but who can match Tim Burton in cinematography?) I can stretch this out forever but I won’t. If you are a Batman fan, old or new to the hero, you need to go see this movie. It keeps the character of the comics, the original movie and the great animated series alive. Bruce Wayne is shown as that charming, slightly arrogant, and ambitious bachelor and Batman is depicted as that relentlessly vicious, crusader whose knowledge and training in the martial arts and espionage makes him an invincible wraith on the city of Gotham.
To sum it up I gave this movie a 7 for saving a horrible series since the first movie. Again I will say that it is a pleasure to see that the comic book to big screen conversion is becoming an art that these writers are finally mastering. With the exception of that rotten movie Elektra and Hellboy, I now look forward to seeing if the Fantastic Four can take the baton and keep it going. Whoa a DC character kicking ass on the big screen! Take that Marvel! Just kidding of course, oh ya… Batman Begins rocks!