For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Anti-Hero Films, here’s a review of Batman Begins (2005) by me
Thanks again to Dell of Dell on Movies for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Tony of Coog’s Reviews and it is Political Thrillers.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Tony!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – Between 5 and 10 times (16 Jul 2006, DVD, Jun 2012, 13 May 2014 and 30 May 2018)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Origin of how a young billionaire decides to become a vigilante in order to rid his corrupt city of crime.
My Take on it – When Dell chose the theme of anti-heroes for this month’s GG, I had a big problem.
There were too many choices of such great examples and I knew that I still needed to limit myself, so I ended up choosing 5 diverse choices in different kinds of films in order to help emphasize how important such roles are because anti-heroes aren’t always the easiest to spot.
The next choice of mine is one of my favorite superheroes who is a dark and mysterious hero who fights crime in his own way but not according to the rules of law; Batman.
Batman has always been one of my favorite superheroes because he never needs to rely on superpowers to fight and stop his enemies.
He is a master detective and uses his skills and his wit in order to catch them.
This was Christopher Nolan’s first foray into the dark world of the Dark Knight and he does such an amazing job creating a persona that is dark and mysterious yet still very likeable.
I doubt that the superhero movies that are being churned out today would have been made if this film had never shown that it’s possible to make a non-comic book style superhero film.
The villains chosen for this film are very cerebral and also use their minds so that this isn’t a film where the hero and villain solely fight physically, but also mentally, like a great game of chess.
Christian Bale is superb in the lead role and plays the part more convincingly than any of the previous choices for the role in any other live action film.
The music is amazing and Hans Zimmer’s score is so catchy that I can listen to it anytime.
The two sequels to this film are just as good if not better because they expand on the characters and how they choose to fight crime.
Great supporting cast including Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Gary Oldman.
Bottom Line – Amazing origin story for a superhero that changed the face of how we all look at superhero movies. If Nolan hadn’t done such an exceptional job with this film, we might never have gotten the MCU as we know it. Bale is superb in the lead and surpasses every other live action actor who played the role. The story is created really well and we get complex characters on both sides of the law which adds to the trills of the story because anything can happen. It sometimes feels as if we are watching a great chess match waiting for things to happen. Great surprises along the way. Great supporting cast that includes Caine, Freeman, Neeson and Oldman. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Christian Bale revealed in interviews, in 2009, that in his first ever scene with Sir Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman (one involving Bale waking up in bed to find them waiting there), he fell asleep after getting ready for the scene. Bale described waking up to find Sir Michael Caine poking him in the ribs, saying “Look at that! He’s bloody fallen asleep”. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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