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Reviews Comments: How to do an origin story Batman Begins film/book review by uncannybeetle

Batman Begins is even better today than it was in 2005, and that is saying something. The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises elevate it a surprising amount.

The first half, where Bruce Wayne confronts his feelings about his past and trains to save Gotham from its criminals, is one of the best origin stories in a superhero movie. The second half is good, exciting, fast paced Batman action. The acting, writing, and casting are almost perfect.

The weak link, of course, is Katie Holmes' Rachel Dawes. The character is preachy and annoying, and Holmes' poor performance stands out like a sore thumb among all the fantastic acting going on around her.

Another problem is the way the fight scenes are shot, so close up and choppy that it is hard to see what is happening. This works much of the time, because Batman is like a mythical version of a ninja whose movements are unpredictible and unknowable. But in the climax, when Batman is taking on equals, that way of shooting is misplaced. Other than that the action is great though.

At first I hated Bale's Batman voice-give me Kevin Conroy any day. But I realized that it serves it's purpose very well. It would scare criminals, and no one would ever recognize it as belonging to Bruce Wayne. So now I'm cool with it, though for some reason it was a hundred times better in the videogame version.

Those are the only blemishes in Begins. The villains were perfect for the movie, Ra's (which should be pronounced Raish) as a reflection of what Bruce is trying to be and Scarecrow for the fear motif, and both are well utilized. But the focus is all on Bruce and Batman, where it should be in his origin story.

A grounded, surprsingly realistic (given certain elements like the microwave emitter), all around well made movie.


  • Tomwithnonumbers
  • 9th Aug 12
I'm interested, I know these reviews are horribly short (it's hard to even fit in the bullet points sometimes) but can I ask how you feel the other two elevated this one*?
  • uncannybeetle
  • 9th Aug 12
They both add even more depth to the Bruce/Alfred relationship. Knowing that bit from Alfred's past in TDK makes his acceptance of Bruce's decisions in Begins more understandable and of course what we got from TDKR makes it more tragic. TDKR obviously does more to elevate Begins than TDK, adding more mystique to Ra's and further explaining what Bruce was trying to do from the start.
  • son
  • 9th Aug 12
Agreed, but stand alone BB isn't as powerful. I'd say the "best Batman movie" isn't one that focuses heavily on Batman alone but one that draws non-fans into the fold.
  • Tomwithnonumbers
  • 9th Aug 12
That's probably the key I guess, I think there have been enough fantastic Batman films that really 'best batman film' comes down to much more on the choice of 'best' than on the qualities of the films. Begins was much more a superhero film, follow classic superhero film plot, style and tropes and it was very good at it, adding a lot of depth.

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