Let me start by saying that EVERYONE
that I know that's seen Batman Begins really, really
likes it. Most everyone has even gone on to say that it's
the best Batman movie yet. They usually conclude
by saying how much I'm going to love it.
Well, now that I've seen Batman Begins,
I can say that they were partly right.
I'd agree that Batman Begins is the
best Batman movie yet. Unfortunately, I can't say
that I loved it. Yeah, I liked parts of it a lot,
but that still leaves some parts that I didn't.
So, if you haven't seen it yet, you might want to check
the rest of this post later because it will contain some
Still with me? OK... let's start of with
what worked for me.
The casting was great. Christian
Bale makes a very good Batman / Bruce Wayne.
Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy,
and Morgan Freeman were also just right for their
roles. [And I had had some doubts about Caine as
The soundtrack was fine. The sets
were more realistic and worked well for the "new"
direction. And speaking of direction, Christopher Nolan
did a fine job, although I would have preferred
a little more clarity during the fight scenes.
Yeah, I know that he was trying to show how scary
it was when you didn't know where Batman was going
to be next, and man, can he move fast... still, a little
of that went a long way.
Now the things that bugged me...
Bruce Wayne as a kid is such a 'fraidy
cat. It's because little Bruce's afraid that
they leave the opera and his parents end up killed,
and wow, won't that be something to overcome. I did
like how they handled Bruce's dad though. He was caring
and adventurous and understanding. [Heck, maybe HE
should have been Batman.]
So Bruce decides to travel the
world and hang with low-life criminals so that
he can come to understand their minds. Huh?
The Ras Al Ghul League of Shadows
was a cool idea. I liked the line where he talks
about destroying Rome, London, and other cities when
their decadance became too great. Ok, so now this
sinister secret organization is going to take down
Gotham. And they're going to do it by releasing
a poison in the water supply that has to be activated
by a device that they have to steal from Wayne
industries?!? That's the best plan that this group could
come up with?
And to make matters worse, they have to
depend on a mentally ill doctor to hire henchmen
to put the stuff in the water pipes? Why not send in a
group of his ninja assassins and get the job done
And to make matters worse, as soon as Ras
throws the switch on the Microwave weapon, the
water for blocks on end IMMEDIATELY evaporates?
I thought that this was going to be the more REALISTIC
And before we get to Batman's actions...
I didn't like how Bruce Wayne was played as an
idiot. Yeah, I understand that Batman is playing
him that way so people won't suspect that he's really
Batman. It just doesn't work for me. Why
not give Bruce some dignity. People aren't
going to think that the billionaire playboy is
Batman. You don't have to make him come off as
a drunken jerk who burns down his own house.
Now for Batman's actions... first
of all, Batman shouldn't be flying around Gotham.
Swinging on his line I can live with. And don't give me
some guff and say, "Oh, but he was gliding."
I saw the movie. He was flying. LOL!
Batman is supposed to be a hero.
He is supposed to be saving lives. There he was driving
that "Batmobile" around destroying overpasses,
riding across roof tops, knocking debris off buildings,
causing car crashes, flipping police cars. He must
have caused the deaths and injuries of dozens of innocent
And when Batman said, "I won't
kill you, but I don't have to save you." Uh, Batman,
you're a hero... you're business IS to save people...
even the bad guys.
Batman is supposed to be smart.
He's the greatest detective alive. His brilliant
plan to stop the train from getting to "the critical
spot" where it would blow up everything was to
give Gordon the keys to the Batmobile so he could
get ahead of the train and blow up the tracks.
That's the PLAN?!? Meanwhile Batman "flies"
up and on to the same train!?!
Huh? Did he somehow forget that Gordon
is going to blow up the bridge? Hey Batman,
why not just drive the Batmobile yourself and blow
up the bridge? You have more experience at these things
than Gordon... plus it'll keep you OUT OF THE
A lot of people have been complaining about
Katie Holmes' role. The only thing that bothered
me is that she's known Bruce since they were kids,
and she had no clue he was Batman. She knew him
longer than I've known most of my friends and I'd venture
a guess that I'd recognize ANY of them in a Batman
suit. Especially if they were two feet away from me
I did like the ending. Things have
been set up sweetly for the sequel.
Overall, I know this review sounds really
negative. You'd probably think that I hated the movie.
I didn't. I liked it. Didn't love it, but liked it.
And my guess is that I'll like the sequel