Sometimes I honestly wonder about myself. Christian Bale is one of my favourite actors, Batman is one of my favourite comic franchises of all time and Batman Begins scored 84% at both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. Yet for some completely unknown reason, I never saw this film and being of the slightly obsessive persuasion, I can’t possibly watch The Dark Knight without watching the first film in the series.
While we were on holiday, I finally saw Batman Begins. The film is absolutely awesome and it benefits from impressive cinematography and brilliant acting. Even Katie Holmes manages to be slightly less annoying than usual (Katie played one of my favourite characters in Dawson’s Creek and then she suddenly became a whiny, emotional leech rivalled only by Marissa on The O.C.).
I think I will definitely watch this film again because it has the fandom, repeat viewing quality that so few films have these days. It chronicles Bruce Wayne’s early days, the death of his parents (no, that is no a spoiler. If you don’t know the basic story behind the Batman franchise then I’m sorry, but have you grown up underground?) and the events which lead up to him becoming a clandestine crime fighter.
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Christian Bale was absolutely stunning in this film. I have been a fan of his since his brilliant performance in Empire of the Sun, a film that topped my all time list of favourite films for many years (and I found the recording of him going batshit on someone to be quite unsettling but a turn on nonetheless).
Strangely, though, that wasn’t the best thing about this film. The best thing about Batman Begins was Cillian Murphy and his fantastic performance as Dr Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow. I’ve admired Cillian Murphy once before on this blog when I reviewed 28 Days Later but this performance was inspired and The Scarecrow is possibly the second best performance in an evil bad guy role I’ve ever seen (the best being Wes Bentley as Blackheart in Ghost Rider). I loved how unhinged and morally bereft he was and I cannot wait to see more of him in The Dark Knight.
So there you go. I went from not really being interested in this latest instalment of the Batman story to totally loving it and being a fan. I hope to watch, love and review The Dark Knight soon.