Big Screen Batman weeks ends with one heck of a bang.
I’ve joined the chorus of critics who are calling this
the best Batman movie ever. This is the best movie
I’ve seen in theaters this year.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman

Michael Caine as Alfred

Liam Neeson as Ducard

Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes

Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon

Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane

Tom Wilkinson as Carmine Falcone

Rutger Hauer as Earle

Ken Watanabe as Ra’s Al Ghul

Mark Boone Junior as Flass

Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox

Written by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Complete information is available from the
IMDB
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Past movie reviews can be found here.

Premise

Bruce Wayne is on a personal quest to become a
guardian who stands
between evil and the good people in the city he loves.
A man named
Ducard offers him the training needed to become that
guardian, just in
time to face Ra’s Al Ghul and the Scarecrow.

High Point

Batman’s greatest tool isn’t a cape, car, grapple, or
batarang.
Batman’s greatest tool is fear.

Low Point

Humans do have a lot of water in them, you know.

The Scores

Batman’s been on the big screen several times over the
last 60 years
or so, and this is the first time someone got it
right. That, plus
the coherent, intertwined tapestry of origins counts
for a lot in
originality, overcoming much of the “nth
adaptation of same
source material” deficit. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were excellent. They were
generally seamless,
and they never seemed to be the point of the shot. In
other words,
visual effects were used for the sole purpose of
telling a story.
Only the bat swarms seemed a bit off, with the bats
appearing just a
bit too blurred as they moved. Aside from that, I
can’t tell where
the props, sets, and actors end and the visual effects
begin. (Well,
aside from the full city images, but that’s just
because I know they’d
have to be CGI, and not because they look CGI.) I
give it 6 out of 6.

The story is dead on. The origin story is
accelerated,
dwelling on just the details which are unique to this
version. The
rest of the story also ties together nicely, weaving
all of the
characters and threads together to create an
interesting narrative
that works as a film even without a cultural icon as
the lead
character. I give 5 out of 6.

The acting was great. I don’t have any
complaints, even
about a single expression or the delivery of a single
line. Bale
showed some excellent range, from the goofy playboy,
to the angry
interrogator, to the slightly drunken party host.
Everyone else was
similarly well cast, and the deliveries were bang on
target. I give
it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response is fantastic. They
nailed it. They
recognize that Batman is the character, and that Bruce
Wayne is the
mask he wears so that he can continue to do his job,
and they write
the character that way from start to finish. The
relationship between
Batman and the world of Gotham is represented
beautifully. Live
action Batman has never been this perfect. I give it
6 out of 6.

The production was also fantastic. A city
was created at its
peak, and at its lowest moment. The pacing and
lighting were
excellent, and the score was very well assembled.
(Batman’s theme
music belongs on cellos.) I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, this is a great movie. I’ll repeat
what I said
above: live action Batman has never been this perfect.
I give it 6
out of 6.

In total, Batman Begins receives 39 out of
42.