Saturday, June 18, 2005
Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins is a great history of the character. All of the background to what Batman is, is believable and high tech. Christian Bale and Michael Caine are great together, and Morgan Friedman is a welcome ally as Fox, keeper of the bat-gadgets. I found it difficult to follow the fight scenes, they were fast, furious and dark, hard to tell who was who (maybe on purpose). But the strength of the the story (snappy one liners abound) and acting rise above this technical flaw. Batman Begins is a welcome addition to the franchise. Though I loved Michael Keaton and George Clooney as Batman, Christian Bale goes to the top of the list for me. His intensity and looks are the perfect combination for the millionaire and super-hero, and he carries off both Bruce Wayne and Batman as separate personalities. Though a little too long (drags a little when they are fleshing out the master-crime), this is a good summer action flick.