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Let me start by saying I don't usually get all worked up over movies (for good or bad). I've seen a lot of good ones, and a few that I really liked, maybe even loved. Generally, I'm the type of guy that finds something to like in nearly every movie I see. As a result, it takes a lot for me to really label a movie "bad". Oh sure, I've seen a couple stinkers but generally speaking they are few and far between.

Having said that, let me just say Batman Begins is unquestionably the best damn movie I have ever seen, period. It was absolutely incredible. I'm reluctant to delve into details for fear of spoiling the overall experience, so I'll try to be general.

Christian Bale was born to play Bruce Wayne/Batman. He's got the physical attributes, the look, the voice and the presence (in both personas) to pull it off. He was, in short, amazing. Michael Caine was also perfect in the role of Alfred.

Katie Holmes was irrelevant as an actress (which is how it should be), but she played her character well and was an important part of the story without detracting from it in any way. The same can be said for most of the star power in this movie, and there was PLENTY. Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Rutger Hauer, the list goes on and on. All of these people are incredibly talented, recognizeable names, and most importantly NONE of them competed for screen time. They all delivered solid performances, in important roles, without succumbing to the oneupsmanship that plagued the previous bat-movies (i.e. Tommy Lee Jones & Jim Carey, George Clooney & Arnold Schwartzenegger, etc...)

In case you've been living in a batcave of your very own for the past year, you probably already know that this movie deals primarily with the origin of Batman, hence the title... Batman Begins. You don't even see the suit for the first 60% of the movie. That's a good thing. This is a movie about becoming Batman, not just the early adventures of Batman. We witness the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne, and the personal grief that nearly destroys Bruce long before Batman is even a subconscious thought in his nightmares.

The villains are extremely well played, and compliment the story nicely without overpowering it. Remember, this is Batman's story. Actually, more like Bruce Wayne's story initially. The villains are an integral part, but unlike the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher fiascos, they aren't the reason we're watching. It's all about the bat.

Gone is the campy scenery, corny one-liners, absurd props, rubber bat-nipples and all the other crap of the previous movies. The special effects and costuming are perfect. Not too much, not distracting, but exactly enough. The comic relief moments are exactly that... relief. The occasional funny moment serves to give us a second to breathe and relax, and smile, before being sucked back in to this intense, deep, dark movie. At no point do they get anywhere near the annoying or absurd moments of the previous films.

In short, this is the movie that Batman fans have been waiting for their entire lives. Spiderman was good. X-Men was good. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was great. This movie is phenomenal. If it's not the best movie I've ever seen, then it's certainly in the top 3. I'm so blown away at the moment, though, I can't even think of what two movies I'd rank above it. It's OMFG good.

The ending, and I mean the very ending, leaves the door wide open for a sequel. Will they make one? I have no idea. I hope they don't, but sadly, they probably will. I say sadly because I'm firmly convinced that there's no way they could ever make a sequel that could make me feel the way this movie did. It was even better than Star Wars Episode III (which you guys know I totally loved.) If they never make another Batman movie again, this one is significant enough to fill the void.

Lastly, if you've seen pictures of the batmobile and you're worried that you won't like it... trust me. You'll like it. The batmobile is a work of art, a thing of beauty. It handles like a cross between a hummer and a panther (and it sounds like a podracer). You're going to love it. Trust me. Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2005 12:50 AM General Interest , Reviews | Back to top



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Nah, it totally sucked....oy.....

I decided the tears were tears of pain...

Ye gods, am I full of it tonight....
;-)
Left by Theo Moore on Jun 18, 2005 8:19 PM

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meh... you're insane with grief over not being able to see it again today. That movie rocked and you loved it.
Left by blogusmaximus on Jun 18, 2005 8:22 PM

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That's a decision best left to your parents.

Batman Begins is rated PG13 for some scary scenes. There's no bad language, but there is lots of violence.
Left by Chris on Jun 20, 2005 10:09 AM

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this movie is scary!!!! unfortunately i didnt get to see the ending so... could anyone tell me what happens? hopefullly u get back to me and i can sleep tonight!!!
Thank you
Left by Aubrey on Jun 20, 2005 10:10 PM

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I'd hate to spoil it for everyone else who hasn't seen it.
Left by BlogusMaximus on Jun 21, 2005 1:08 AM

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The Joker is making a return for the sequel
Left by Devil's Refugee on Jun 21, 2005 3:18 PM

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Yes, that's right man. Seems they're rewriting the Batman film franchise by making the Joker the main villain of the 2nd film. Classic ending though, and I love Gary Oldman.
Long live the Bat.

ps: I hope they follow the comics and have Bane as a villain as he was supposed to be, not the mess that Joel Schumaker made of the character in Batman and Robin. Joel made a complete mess of the legend.
Left by Quantum Mechanic on Jun 21, 2005 3:23 PM

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Not that it's a tremendous shock, but yes... that does appear to be the case. Of course it's entirely too early to tell at this point.

Of course, why you would deliberately blab about the ending after I indicated I didn't want to spoil it... kinda immature. Perils of public posting I guess.
Left by Chris on Jun 21, 2005 3:32 PM

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should i see longest yard or batman begins for my b'day party!
Left by matthew on Jun 23, 2005 5:23 PM

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if you're old enough to see The Longest Yard, you can certainly handle Batman Begins.

As for which is better... no contest! Batman would totally kick Adam Sandler's butt... any day.
Left by Chris on Jun 23, 2005 5:47 PM

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Man, whoever said you spoke for evryone theo Moore? I thought the movie rocked, I have it on DVD and I love it! Christian Bale was spectacular and spicey, yum ; D
I can homnestly say that Batman ha got tobe now in my top five most favorite movies, EVER!
Left by Christian on May 10, 2006 2:09 PM

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Uhh Christian, Theo was being sarcastic. He liked the movie. As for Mr. Bale being "spicey, yum" I have no comment.
Left by Chris Williams on May 10, 2006 3:19 PM

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