Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Batman Begins Review

"Deep down you may still be that same great kid you used to be. But it's not who you are underneath, it's what you do that defines you."
(warning: spoilers--mainly in Batman's origin story-- revealed)

Batman Begins provides both a satisfying origins story and kick-off adventure for the well known and loved comic book character, Batman/Bruce Wayne.

A lot gets crammed in, but it's handled more coherently and compellingly than other overstuffed superhero flicks have been, like say, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It sometimes lacked the emotional appeal that should have accompanied events like the Wayne parents' death. Likewise, Bruce's decision to exact revenge on his parents' murderer could have been better fleshed out for more suspense and emotional capability. The timeline can also feel a bit choppy at times.

Regardless, this was an excellent superhero movie. Rather than distracting from the main character, the sheer scope of the film built a compelling arc. Bruce Wayne changes drastically throughout the film and became a character I could totally get behind.

The supporting characters are impressive-- the lovable Alfred, the terrifying Scarecrow, and also terrifying(in a very different sense) Falcone. I'd also like to give a shout-out to this movie for including a romantic interest who actually propels the plot. Not that I find the damsel-in-distress device always wrong or offensive in superhero films, but when the hero and the girl can drive the story, it adds dynamic.

There are funny moments and plenty of-- arguably too much -- big and exciting action. I definitely enjoyed it.

Batman Begins is entertaining, vast, and a movie I'm dying to rewatch. It easily earns four out of five stars. 

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