JT/King Valun at JT's Tales requested we review The Dark Knight so we decided to review Batman Begins first and it is perfect timing because the day before he requested it we had already watched it again.
Directed by:Christopher Nolan.
Genre: Action, Comic Book
Release date: June 15, 2005 (2005-06-15)
Running Time: 140 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13
The Good: Good plot, Good soundtrack, Strong cast, Strong ending, Darker more realistic Batman.
The Bad: Fight scenes were to dark to see what was happening, Odd camera angles during fight scenes,
Plot: A young Bruce Wayne falls down a well, and is attacked by bats. Bruce then awakens from this nightmare of his past, and is revealed to be a prisoner in Bhutan. He is approached by Henri Ducard, who speaks for Ra's al Ghul, leader of the League of Shadows, and invites him to train with the elite vigilante group. The narrative returns to Bruce's childhood, to the fateful night he witnessed his parents' murder by a mugger named Joe Chill. Chill is later arrested, and Bruce is taken home and raised by the family butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
Fourteen years later, Bruce returns to Gotham City from Princeton University, intent on killing Chill, whose prison sentence is being suspended in exchange for testifying against crime boss Carmine Falcone. Before he can act, however, one of Falcone's female assassins posing as a reporter kills Chill. Rachel Dawes, Bruce's childhood friend and now an assistant district attorney, is disgusted with Bruce's intent, telling him his father would be ashamed of him. That night, Bruce confronts Falcone, who tells the young man that his criminal empire is invincible because it runs on fear and Bruce, being the "Prince of Gotham", would never understand this because he has never felt real pain and suffering. Inspired, Bruce decides to travel the world for several years, learning the various ways of the criminal underworld, before himself becoming a criminal and being arrested. After Bruce's training in the League of Shadows, Ra's and Ducard tell Bruce his purpose: He must lead the League to destroy Gotham, which they believe is corrupt beyond saving. Bruce refuses to become a murderer and battles Ra's, burning the temple in the process, before making his escape. Ra's is killed by falling debris, but Bruce saves an unconscious Ducard and returns to Gotham. Watch the movie to see what next.
Plot: 8.8/10- Very well done with only a few inconsistencies.
Action:6.8/10- Fight scenes were to dark to see what was happening and the odd camera angles did not help munch either, Very poor action scenes compared to X-Men 2, Spider-Man or Iron Man.
Acting:9.1/10- Liam Neeson and Michael Caine gave a very good performance and the rest of the cast was also great.
Special effects:7.0/10- The special effects were good but not mind blowing.
Soundtrack: 9.3/10- Another great Hans Zimmer soundtrack.
Overall:8.1/10- Batman Begins is very good yet often times overated movie
Closing comments: Batman Begins is a very good movie with some cool gadgets and a strong ending.
Recommended for: Action movie fans, Comic book movie fans, Batman fans.