RELEASED 2005 RUNTIME 140 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION CHRISTOPHER NOLAN SCREENPLAY CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, DAVID S. GOYER STARRING CHRISTIAN BALE, MICHAEL CAINE, LIAM NEESON, KATIE HOLMES, GARY OLDMAN, CILLIAN MURPHY, TOM WILKINSON, RUTGER HAUER, KEN WATANABE, MORGAN FREEMAN MUSIC HANS ZIMMER
Batman Begins is an adaptation of the Batman origin story, heavily inspired by the graphic novel Batman Year One and the first movie in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.
Bruce Wayne, the son of a billionaire family whose parents get murdered in front of his eyes, decides to put on a cape and cowl and fight crime in Gotham, a city so corrupt that even former mentors think it’s beyond saving. Can Batman save the city or will it fall under the hand of supervillains who plan to destroy it?
Needless to say that this movie started maybe the most important franchise in the last 20 years because it made superhero stories, which previously only worked in comics, into serious blockbuster movies targeting adult viewers.
Christopher Nolan not only rebooted a dead franchise, but portrayed it in realistic way to the degree that the term “nolanizing” has become a common way to describe the process of grounding over the top properties in reality.
Batman Begins is essentially a psychology drama of Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and why a man with so much to loose turns into a caped crusader to fight crime at night, while pretending to be a billionaire during the day. I say that because it’s obvious that the villains in this film are secondary, but not entirely.
While Dr. Jonathan Crane aka Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) doesn’t have that much screentime another person (that I will not spoil) is the real villain of the story. And this one is deeply connected to Bruce Wayne and his Batman persona. It’s all about The Batman, everything else is subplot, which is great. We never got a proper superhero origin story on screen, so they may just do it this way.
The cast is top notch. I remember back in the day, when I saw the trailer, I wasn’t really sure what to expect coming off of some horrible bombs like Batman Forever and Batman And Robin, but I knew just by seeing what people are on screen that this movie is going to be very different.
We have Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Liam Neeson as Decard, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Ken Watanabe as Ra’s Al Ghul, Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow, Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes, Tom Wilkinson as Carmain Falcone. There is not one name on that list that doesn’t scream ‘legit’.
And they all do a fantastic job. There is not one person where I thought, meh, could be better. In fact, I think with the Christoper Nolan Batman movies the side characters are actually more interesting than Bruce Wayne/Batman himself. I particularly fell in love with Alfred and Gordon. Even Lucious Fox, that I don’t remember even existing in the comics, is phenomenally realized. He essentially is the guy providing the tech for Batman. His relationship with Bruce Wayne is so much fun, that it’s one of the highlights of the film.
Speaking of tech. Everybody loves the Tumbler! Fuck yeah! The person who had the idea of making the Batmobile basically a mobile tank, I want to marry you. The person who designed it, I want to have sex with you! And the person who built it, I want children with you!
It just makes so much sense. Of course Batman uses a military mobile tank. It’s so obvious and genius. Btw. It’s never being called the Batmobile, which I adore.
Speaking of the Tumbler. The production Design and the direction in this film are incredible. No stupid CGI effects everywhere. No, everything is either real, or so well animated that you can’t see the difference. The Tumbler is a real stunt vehicle, the scenery is a real set, the stunts are real, everything feels real. The world is so real, that you may end up believing a character like Batman could really exist.
Hans Zimmer is a great composer (btw. German 🙂 But I think the work he has done for this movie and the entire trilogy is the best he has ever done (up until Interstellar 😉 the score is dark, pounding and really reflects the essence what Nolan was trying to do here.
Every time I read a Batman comic I play the score in the background. It has become synonymous with Batman.
If you have not seen this movie, what are you waiting for?! Believe it or not, but I know such a guy. If you never heard of Batman or only have time to invest in one Batman property, then do it with The Dark Knight trilogy, starting with this movie. It’s my favorite Batman incarnation to date because it’s made for adults. Christopher Nolan has a reputation for making intelligent blockbuster movies. He treats his viewers like smart human beings. It’s because of movies like this. Even my mom likes the film!