My review on the 2005 blockbuster from Director Christopher Nolan.
Batman Begins is the first chapter in the epic Dark Knight Trilogy, which tells the story of Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), who’s parents are murdered, forcing him into a world of sadness & hate. When Bruce tries to strike revenge on the man who killed his parents, he finds himself too late & realizes that there is a better way to deal with the scum of the world. Bruce runs away from home & travels the world to understand the mind of a criminal. When he ends up in a prison in China, he is approached by Ducard (Liam Neeson) who offers Bruce a chance to train with him under the League of Shadows to fight the criminals of the world & Bruce’s home, Gotham City. As Bruce trains, he learns the skills necessary to fight crime, but later finds out the terrible truth behind the League of Shadows, he escapes the League & returns to Gotham. Bruce uses his skills & creates a symbol to strike fear into the criminals of Gotham. Thus the Batman is born, & Bruce must make his mark in Gotham as the true hope for a corrupted city.
When this movie first came out, I remember watching it & being quite stumped. I was so used to the comic book style Batman movies by Tim Burton (Batman, Batman Returns) & also unfortunately, Joel Shumacher (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin). Christopher Nolan brought such a great sense of realism to a comic book movie & when you watch the first half of the movie, you forget you are watching a Batman movie. Christopher Nolan incorporates his thriller style filmmaking into a classic superhero that we all know & love.
The story is told in a way that keeps you drawn in, and makes you understand more of the emotion that drives Bruce to become the legendary caped crusader. The casting is great as well with co-stars like Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy & Liam Neeson. This movie is an origin movie & although it is the most emotional of the trilogy, it didn’t bring out the true filmmaking potential that Nolan eventually showed us with The Dark Knight & The Dark Knight Rises. This movie is much more story driven, & attaches you more to the character which is a great way to establish a character like Bruce Wayne. But despite filmmaking, I think this one had the best story of the 3, as it feels much more like a Christopher Nolan movie. I would definitely recommend this if youre one of the few who havent seen it. purchase it on blu ray or just buy the Dark Knight Trilogy & you can start off .