Batman Begins – Film Review

Duration: 2hrs, 20mins

Rating: 12A

Release Date: 16 June 2005 (UK)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller,

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy,

Description: Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered in front of him when he was ten, he blamed himself. Many years later – nineteen to be exact – Bruce goes back to his home town, Gotham, because there is a trial on the man who murdered them. After the trial Bruce realises that he wants to make a difference, he wants to find justice for everyone. So he becomes Batman, he uses his resources at Wayne Enterprises to make some useful gadgets handed over to him by Lucius Fox. He has to save Gotham from Scarecrow and the League Of Shadows before they get their own way and destroy Gotham.

My Thoughts: Right, where to start… It was such an epic film! It was fast paced and intense and interesting, it kept you on the edge of your seat (or that could have been because I couldn’t get comfortable) it was excellently cast thanks to John Papsidera C.S.A and Lucinda Syson. It was just an amazing film, it had a brilliant lead up to everything and there wasn’t a second when it go a bit dull, something good was going on in every second. And something that I really liked was it didn’t show what happened in the past for too long, I hate it when films are set in one time but they continuously go back to the past and show you little bits the whole way through the film whereas with this film they showed you the past and that was basically the end of it, and it made it much better.

But lets go into the film deeper shall we?

Firstly, I hate how in films people give women the right to randomly HIT men! Well they don’t even give women the right they just make them hit men and it is so stupid! It is ridiculous and sexist, women don’t just hit men, and that’s partly because it’s illegal and partly because it’s not right even if it was legal! Yes, I think women should be able to hit men as long as they’re some kind of superhero or villain not if they’re just an ordinary person going about their ordinary lives unless they have a reason! When men hit women in films it’s supposed to seem aggressive and violent but when women hit men I think it’s supposed to seem kind of cute and people are supposed to think the fact that the women’s hit him it means she really cares about him, wrong! It means she can’t possibly care about him because if she did she wouldn’t have hit him! WOMEN DON’T HIT PEOPLE AS A SIGN OF AFFECTION!

Right, now that we’ve got the most important bit out of the way I will continue with the rest of the review.

I think although Batman doesn’t have an actual superpower, it’s very unique that he uses his fear as his power, he uses his fear to benefit him rather than control him in a negative way and I think that puts a really good twist on the film, because it’s unique. I know Batman’s been re-made hundreds of times and whatever but it’s unique to Batman. I think it’s cool how Bruce turns the cave that started his fear into the bat cave where he works on how to save people’s lives. I also love how the bat cave is an actual cave.

I think Scarecrow is by far the best villain in Batman (even though I know a lot of people think it’s the Joker) he’s funny but he can still be scary (after he’s drugged people, which just makes it even more funny!) I also love the mask, keeping it simple, it might even be this year’s Halloween costume. I didn’t understand Scarecrow’s fear, it just looked like a tar man and so I’ve come to the conclusion that Scarecrow is afraid of tar…

Bruce Wayne leaves after the trial of the man that murdered his parents for many years and his butler, Alfred, tells everyone he’s dead but then he comes back and in one scene he goes to Wayne Enterprises and wants to talk to someone who’s in a board meeting and the receptionist asks him to identify himself and when he identifies himself as Bruce Wayne the look on the receptionist face is just priceless it was done really well, and then he goes on to teach her golf in the hall. It was a good scene!

There was also a scene when Bruce test drives the tumbler and once he’s done he turns to Lucius Fox and smiles one of the most evil/cheesy smiles I’ve ever scene and says “Does it come in black?” it was very funny.

There were lots of great scenes the list could just go on and on, but I won’t bore you with all of that.

I think I connected with the characters more in Batman Begins than I did in any of the others. I definitely connected with the character of Bruce Wayne more, I think it’s because he was just starting out as Batman and he’d only returned to Gotham very recently and now he was having to be in the public eye as Bruce Wayne the billionaire and playboy and I felt really sorry for him, because that’s not he is or who he wants to be but it’s what the public expect and there’s a scene when he goes to a hotel with two women and he bumps into Rachel and he’s embarrassed and feels like now Rachel’s just going to see him as the man who drives around in really expensive cars and gorgeous women and breaks all of the rules just because he can and he says to her “This isn’t me, it’s not how I really am underneath.” and Rachel replies with a really great line “It’s not who you are underneath Bruce, but what you do that defines you.” It was a really sad scene and I felt really sorry for him.

There’s a really impressive scene when Christian Bale drinks an entire glass of smoothie without even taking a breath and then goes on to do press-ups seconds later.

There’s a really sad scene when Batman gets drugged with something that makes him hallucinate and it’s really upsetting and horrible (I connect with the characters too much in TV).

I wish someone would actually play the piano in the film other than making a couple of clashing horrible noises to get to the bat cave. I also wish I had a secret passage in my house that you could get to by playing the piano.

There’s a really stupid scene when Rachel goes into a lift and presses everyone single button multiple times in the hopes that it will make the lift work faster, obviously it doesn’t work because the lift keeps getting mixed signals and she gets no where.

Batman pointlessly destroys a police car with officers in it and I think, why did he do that? He’s supposed to be the good guy but he risked their lives in order to get away faster.

I really dislike when people just stand around in burning buildings having a chat while the building falls apart around them, the same as I really hate how people just stand and stare at dinosaurs that are about to eat them rather than running. There aren’t any dinosaurs in Batman Begins so don’t get your hopes up.

There were sad scenes and there were funny scenes, it was just pure entertainment. The best film out of the trilogy. Five stars! I regret always saying that Batman was stupid without ever seeing the films, especially this one it’s just amazing! So good.

Quotes:

“Would you like to see my mask? I use it in my experiments.”

–  Scarecrow in one of the best scenes in the entire film.

“I don’t know! I swear to god! ” – Random bad guy “Swear to me!” – Batman

“You look like a man that takes himself too seriously, do you want my opinion? I think you need to lighten up.” – Scarecrow

“When you told me your grand plan for saving Gotham the only thing that stopped me from calling the men in white coats was that you told me it wasn’t about thrill seeking.” – Alfred “And it’s not.” Bruce “Then what would you call that?” Alfred points at the TV which is showing the news and the tumbler speeding down the highway with police cars and helicopters following in pursuit “Damn good television.” Bruce “It’s a miracle no one was killed!” Alfred “I didn’t have time to think about the rules of the road.” Bruce

“Please leave, stop smiling it’s not a joke, just get out.” – Bruce Wayne

“Why do we fall sir? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.” –  Alfred

“If after all these press-ups you can’t even lift a bloody log…” – Alfred

“There’s nothing to fear except fear itself.” – Scarecrow

“It’s not who I am underneath but what I do that defines me.” – Batman

“Don’t be afraid Bruce, you’re just a an in a cape and that’s you can’t fight injustice and that’s why you can’t stop this train.” – Ducard

“Always be aware of your surroundings.” – Batman

“Justice is about more than revenge.”

“Why bats Master Wayne?” – Alfred “Bats frighten me, it’s time for my enemies to share my dread.”

Warnings: Violence and fighting (injuries are seen), alcohol and drugs, sexual references and some kissing, may include bad language. For more information click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372784/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To watch the trailer and get more information click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372784/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Other Films In The Trilogy: The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

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