In these uncertain times, obviously all of our lives and schedules have been interrupted in ways we never could have imagined. In order to take advantage of the precious time that this world wide crisis has given me with my 4 kids, I decided to choose some movies to watch with them in order to help expand their movie knowledge while also generating quality time with them which will hopefully give them some great memories during this very challenging time… Thus I decided to create a CoronaCamp featuring some fun films to watch with them.
Number of Times Seen – Between 5 and 10 times (16 Jul 2006, DVD, Jun 2012, 13 May 2014, 30 May 2018 and 19 Mar 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A rich orphan decides to travel to far East in order to find inner peace but instead discovers that he is meant to be the savior of his criminal infested city.
My Take on it – This is a film series that I’ve wanted to expose my two teenage sons to for quite a while.
They are both big fans of the MCU and enjoy films with lots of action.
This is my all time favorite superhero series and despite this film not being my favorite in the trilogy, one must start at the beginning in order to et a deep understanding of the psyche of this character.
The series is a bit too deep for teenage minds and they were more interested in the action aspects, but still got a chance to experience something very special that is quite different from what they have been use to seeing.
This is an amazing origin story and they find ways to add so many twists to the Batman story line which helps make things so much more enjoyable.
This film does an excellent job making this character and the story feel so genuine and realistic and everything that happens is done in a way that would make it believable within the world we live in.
The technology is plausible and very few aspects don’t fit into the “real world” which makes things even more personal and enjoyable to watch unfold.
Christian Bale is superb in the title role and is able to give us such a complex and deep character that allows Batman to come alive before our eyes.
His perfomances tops all of the other actors who have played the role both before and after him.
Christopher Nolan is an exquisite story teller and is able to tell this origin story in a way that no one would expect.
The plot is filled with lots of great surprises that enhance the story in ways that people would probably never imagine even possible.
Love the way that this story focuses on the way that an orphan (even in adulthood) still strives to emulate the actions of his father and still seeks his father’s approval of all that he does.
The villains in this film are a bit too weak and aren’t developed well enough yet they are truly integral to the development of this character in the way he acts in this film and in the future chapters of this trilogy.
The supporting cast is also amazing with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson creating poignant characters who are quite developed and each of them affects the way that this main character’s psyche is transformed as Bruce Wayne tries to discover the path he must take in life.
Bottom Line – Amazing origin story that adds so many great twists to what we already know about the caped crusader. This movie does a wonderful job making this character feel so real in all that he does. Evn his weapons and the the technology used feels like it could all work inn the world we live in. Bale is superb in the title role and helps bring this character to life in a way so very different from his predecessors or even those who have come after him. Nolan is an exquisite storyteller and tells this story so well. The various surprises along the way help enhance the story line in ways that many people would never imagine. Love the way that this film deals with the issue of how an orphan is wiling to do all he can to emulate his father and make him proud of what he does and this story emphasizes it all the whole way through. The villains in this film are a bit weak in the way that they are presented yet they are integral to the shaping of this character for both this film and for the future capters within this trilogy. Caine, Oldman, Freeman and Neeson are all great here and allow us to see some very developed and poignant characters who also help shape the path that Batman takes. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In an interview with Moviefone, Christian Bale said that he became interested in playing Batman after a friend of his loaned him the graphic novel “Arkham Asylum” (by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean) in 2000. After he read it, he told his agent that if anyone was making another Batman movie, he wanted in. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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