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Monday, June 20, 2005

Batman Begins
Posted by Raznor

Yeah, so I saw Batman Begins Saturday, and utterly loved it. An excellent cast (especially Michael Caine as Alfred, I've never seen Caine in a movie I haven't loved him in), a great service to Batman's best and scariest villain, and most importantly, brilliant direction by Christopher Nolan. Like in his other films (The Following, Memento, and Insomnia) Nolan has a brilliant method of visual storytelling, that keeps things coherent enough so that it's not too hard to follow, but disorienting enough to keep things intriguing.

Keith Phipps sums up really what struck me as great about the movie:

Superheroic theatrics hardly get left out of the equation, of course, but the film lets them grow out of the psychological and social issues it establishes from the start. In Batman Begins, crime is an act of the desperate and the greedy, who are seldom one and the same. Evil can be stopped only when good people take a stand. Of course, that's a gross oversimplification of the how the real world works, but it still has real-world relevance. And that's ultimately why superheroes still matter. Characters like Batman didn't come to be from nothing. They were born from the hopes and—especially in Batman's case—fears of the society around them, and they're kept aloft only so long as they continue to reflect those hopes and fears. A rousing, reverent, often brilliant re-creation of a seminal comics character, Batman Begins proves Batman is at home in the 21st century as he was in the 20th.


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