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Batman Begins (2005)

aka Batman Begins

"Evil fears the knight."

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Details: 140 mins · English, Urdu, Standard Mandarin · PG-13 (USA)

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Best Batman Movie

My favorite Batman movie and favorite of Nolan's trilogy.
I love movies that really develop a character by including backstory and an interesting journey. This did very well with both, and it was also the beginning of a memorable spin of Batman movies. Here we see Batman as a darker and sadder character.
We also see Gotham as a real and grittier place. There is a nice contrast with the crime and than the glamour of the city. He bridges that gap and becomes a hero. Most everything in this movie was about Bruce Wayne's character transformation even the choice of villain. Fear. That is what this movie is all about and Nolan executes that beautifully. I get blank stares when I say this is my favorite of the trilogy over The Dark Knight, but I will stand by my opinion.
Also, Bale's teeth were a joy to watch. That sounds completely odd, but the way he moves his mouth and smiles in this movie is amazing. I have not seen it in the latest ones though.

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Haven't actually seen this in ages. I still really like it, but thought it a bit of a plothole HOW Bruce Wayne is able to rig up everything in the batcave (including a secret door and elevator!) - how did he ever learn to do stuff like that?

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An excellent relaunch

Christopher Nolan had a lot of time to think about how he wanted to treat the relaunch of Batman. It is said that Nolan had been thinking about this series for almost a decade before he actually started making the movies. One has to assume that his vision evolved over time, just as any artist's would. That being said, the final product is not without flaws, but is definitely a worthy start to an excellent series.

First, some positives. Nolan has a keen directorial eye, and it fits very well within this series. There is an artistic consistency that colors this movie, from the way it is lit to the jump cuts in the most adrenaline-packed action sequences, there is a true and maintained mood for this film, and it plays extremely well with the position that Nolan places Batman. This mood is carried also into the character development, particularly the bad guys. One of the things I used to LOVE about Keaton's Batman and more importantly Nicholas' Joker was that there was a certain a...(more)

Christopher Nolan had a lot of time to think about how he wanted to treat the relaunch of Batman. It is said that Nolan had been thinking about this series for almost a decade before he actually started making the movies. One has to assume that his vision evolved over time, just as any artist's would. That being said, the final product is not without flaws, but is definitely a worthy start to an excellent series.

First, some positives. Nolan has a keen directorial eye, and it fits very well within this series. There is an artistic consistency that colors this movie, from the way it is lit to the jump cuts in the most adrenaline-packed action sequences, there is a true and maintained mood for this film, and it plays extremely well with the position that Nolan places Batman. This mood is carried also into the character development, particularly the bad guys. One of the things I used to LOVE about Keaton's Batman and more importantly Nicholas' Joker was that there was a certain amount of malaise to them, they left a little pit in your stomach because you could tell they were more than just the lines coming out of their mouths, they were real characters. Same goes for the antagonists in this film, and to an extent, the protagonists as well. The soundtrack in this movie was positively great, and though it is hard to believe, gets better in the next film. I would venture to say that this score set a bar that movies for the next five years tried to match. It was intense without being overbearing. It was cinematic without being melodramatic. It was significant without being distracting. Finally, there are lots of great actors in this film on both sides of the good/evil coin. All in all, this was a great ensemble.

OK, a few things to complain about now...

A few of the casting choices were quite there. Even though they didn't play a big role in this film, anyone from the district attorney's office seemed a little off, including the love interest of the story Rachel Dawes. Katie Holmes just doesn't live up to the potential of the character, and sort of peters out by the end. She was ok, but there is a distinctly "Dawson's Creek" flavor to everything she says. Opening up the whole "Christian Bale as an actor" can of worms is tough, but maybe needs to be addressed. It is obvious why he was chosen for this film. He is big, he is handsome, he is the archetype superhero, but his acting, specifically his voice work is annoying sometimes. Lastly, and many fanboys would say this is silly to complain about, but this movie is probably a little too long. This seems to be a trademark of Nolan's, and is certainly true here. Things slow a bit at the end, for obvious reflective purposes, but the audience is tired from all the action, and it is hard to keep us interested in the end. The solution to that is to either shorten the film on the back end or take out some of the heart pounding. I am not sure what the answer is, but this is a consistent issue for Christopher Nolan.

All in all, this movie was a lot of fun, not only the first time but the 3rd and 8th time too. Knowing it's place as the set-up man for The Dark Knight makes it even better, so watch this movie! (less)

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Cast:

Small Bruce Wayne / Batman
Small Henri Ducard
Small Alfred Pennyworth
Small Rachel Dawes
Small James Gordon
Small Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow
Small Richard Earle
Small Detective Flass
Small Ra's al Ghul (Decoy)
Small Thomas Wayne
Small Joe Chill
Small Martha Wayne
Small Victor Zsasz
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Small Carmine Falcone
Small Gotham Society Dame
Small Lucius Fox
Small Little Boy
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Small Homeless Man
Small Jessica
No_movie_poster Rachel Dawes
Small Thomas Wayne
No_movie_poster Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb
Small Courthouse Reporter #1
No_movie_poster Judge Faden
No_movie_poster Hazmat Technician
No_movie_poster Bhutanese Prison Guard #1

Crew:

No_movie_poster Charles Roven Producer
No_movie_poster Larry J. Franco Producer
Small Christopher Nolan Director
Small Emma Thomas Producer
No_movie_poster Wally Pfister Director of Photography
No_movie_poster John Papsidera Casting
Small Hans Zimmer Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Lucinda Syson Casting
No_movie_poster James Newton Howard Original Music Composer
Small Bob Kane Author
Small David S. Goyer Author
No_movie_poster Lee Smith Editor
No_movie_poster Lorne Orleans Production
Small Christopher Nolan Other
Small David S. Goyer Story Contributor
Small Bob Kane Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Lee Smith Editing

Taglines:

"Evil fears the knight."

"Evil Fears The Knight"

"It's not who he is underneath but what he does that defines him"

Plot:

As a child, Bruce Wayne falls into a well, where he is attacked by a swarm of bats; he develops a fear of bats as a result. Soon afterward, he witnesses his parents' murder by mugger Joe Chill, leaving Bruce to be raised by the family's butler, Alfred Pennyworth.


14 years later, Chill is granted parole in exchange for testifying against Gotham City crime boss Carmine Falcone. Bruce goes to the trial, intending to kill Chill, but one of Falcone's assassins does so first. Bruce's childhood friend, assistant district attorney Rachel Dawes, chides him for attempting to take the law into his own hands. Bruce later confronts Falcone, who tells him that real power comes from being feared. Bruce decides to travel and learn about the criminal underworld, before becoming a criminal himself. In a Bhutanese prison, Henri Ducard offers to train him in the arts of stealth and fear as a member of the League of Shadows, led by Ra's al Ghul. After completing his training, Bruce learns the League's true intention is to destroy Gotham City, which it views as corrupt beyond saving. Bruce refuses to join them and burns down the League's temple. Ra's is killed by falling debris, while Bruce saves an unconscious Ducard, leaving him with the local villagers.


Soon afterward, Bruce returns to Gotham. Publicly posing as a spoiled playboy, he takes an interest in his family's company, Wayne Enterprises, which is now run by the unscrupulous William Earle. Bruce meets Wayne Enterprises's top scientist Lucius Fox, who shows him various prototype technologies, including the Tumbler (a heavily armored car) and a protective bodysuit. Taking these, Bruce finds an entrance to the cave under his well, confronts his fear of bats and creates a workshop, taking up the identity of "Batman". As Batman, he intercepts a drug shipment and provides Rachel with evidence to indict Falcone, empowering the honest Sgt. James Gordon and the Gotham police to arrest the previously untouchable criminal. Meanwhile, a prototype Microwave Emitter is stolen from a Wayne Enterprises cargo ship.


Back in Gotham, Falcone and his henchmen are declared mentally unfit for trial and transferred to Arkham Asylum by the corrupt Dr. Jonathan Crane, who had been using Falcone to import a drug that causes terrifying hallucinations. Crane exposes Falcone to the toxin while wearing a burlap mask, driving Falcone insane with fear of the "Scarecrow". While investigating Crane, Batman is also exposed to the drug, but is rescued in time by Alfred and given an antidote by Fox. Rachel goes to Arkham, where Crane reveals that he has been dumping the toxin into Gotham's water supply before dosing her with it. She is rescued by Batman, who exposes Crane to the toxin and interrogates him. Crane reveals that he is working for Ra's al Ghul, but Batman refuses to believe him. Batman escapes with Rachel in the Tumbler, inoculating her and giving her two vials of the antidote, one for Gordon and one for mass production. Meanwhile, Gordon finds out that the compound has been laced into the entire city's water supply, but can only cause harm if inhaled.


At his birthday celebration at Wayne Manor, Bruce is confronted by Ducard, who reveals himself to be the real Ra's al Ghul. Feigning drunkenness, Bruce kicks his guests out so they will be safe, leaving him alone with Ra's and his men. Ra's reveals the League's plan to destroy Gotham: having stolen the Microwave Emitter and conspired with Crane, they intend to vaporize the city's toxin-riddled water supply, making it airborne and creating mass hysteria and violence. The League sets fire to the mansion and Bruce is nearly trapped inside, but Alfred saves him at the last minute. As the League begins unleashing the toxin, Batman rescues Rachel from a drug-induced mob and indirectly reveals his true identity to her. He entrusts Gordon with the Tumbler and pursues Ra's, who is using Gotham's train system to deliver the weapon throughout the city. Batman confronts Ra's on the train and escapes just as Gordon uses the Tumbler to destroy the elevated tracks, leaving Ra's to die in the ensuing crash.


Batman becomes a public hero, but loses Rachel, who cannot bring herself to love both Bruce and Batman. Bruce buys a controlling stake in the now publicly traded Wayne Enterprises, fires Earle, and replaces him with Fox. Gordon is promoted to Lieutenant, showing Batman the Bat-Signal and mentions a criminal who leaves Joker playing cards at crime scenes. Batman promises to investigate, and disappears into the night.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2005-06-10 : Russia

Theatrical : 2005-06-15 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2005-06-15 : Canada

Theatrical : 2005-06-15 : France

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Theatrical : 2005-06-22 : Georgia