VIDEO: Batman Begins (2005)

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With The Dark Knight Rises out this week, Ursa decides to take a look at the film that got her hooked on Batman: It’s her Five Fave Fings (Ursa is a trained alliterationist–don’t try this at home) about Batman Begins! And Batman, according to this movie, begins with Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes’ lack of undergarments, themes of idealism and fear, and Christian Bale’s abs.

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  • Cristiona

    I liked the fights well enough, but they were overly edited, especially on the train.  Take the camera off a bungee cord and put it on a tripod, dammit.

    I think the villains deserve an honorable mention too, as they were probably my favorite part of this movie.  The quiet menace in Cillian Murphy’s Scarecrow was amazing.  I always liked the Scarecrow, and I love how they handled him.  Of course, a lot of it was Murphy himself as he really knows how to play a villain. 

    I also liked Liam Neeson, and how he was portrayed as the other side of the coin to Bale.  They both believed in justice, but Batman wanted to help the uncorrupted members of the system while Ra’s al Ghul disdained the system and handed out justice on his own terms.  It was a neat way of showing that two people can have the same ultimate goal, but their methods put them totally at odds with each other.

    • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

      And then Murphy had to follow up a great performance in Batman Begins with Red Eye…ugh that movie needs a review sometime.  I hope Liam can find it for under a pound sometime.

      • Cristiona

        I thought Red Eye was a great little thriller.

        • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

          The great setup was killed by the rubbish finale…it was the epitome of crash and burn.

          • Sammy

            The opening was killed by the middle, as well.

    • Jill Bearup

      Scarecrow was definitely my number six. He creeped me right the hell out. But without the aforementioned nightmares and being afraid to leave my bed thing, which I appreciate.

      It’s the big pale blue eyes, I think. I just got the feeling he could see my soul.

      The train fight’s probably my least favourite; it’s just too close-in. It wasn’t as bad as, say, Avatar, whose fight scenes made me sick to my stomach, but it was a very…enthusiastic cameraman.

      I liked the two extremes: the very cerebral, fighting your fears fight scenes, and the ones where there were cool gadgets and stuff blowing up. Especially the Batmobile, because it was made of win.

      And when Katie Holmes tasers people. That never gets old.

      • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

        For some reason I just couldn’t find myself liking Katie Holmes in this movie.  Maggie Gyllenhaal was much better for the role in Dark Knight, because she seemed more humble and less of a prude.  She was just more likeable, but that might be just me.  I was pretty upset at her death in that movie.

        • Sofie Liv

          I just didn’t like the character of Rachel Dawn to be honest… I like Christopher Nolan, he makes very big very unique movies.. but he sucks at writing women!

          The thing with Nolan is that he rarely write characters, he writes symbolism and representations of ideaologist.

          I am not saying Nolan don’t like women, cause I believe the opposite is true. He adores women! he is awed by and looks up to women, which is very flattering. 
          In his movies women are the representation of the higher grounds, the pure moral, the thing you want to archieve but can’t reach.. trouble just is that makes for boring women :/

          Rachel Dawn here represents the pure, Bruce Waynes last tie to the persona of Bruce Wayne, to a real life, what was. It’s great she is not an action lady so it makes sense when she needs saving.. but darn is she boring, in both movies! Nothing to do with either actress, it’s just the character.

          • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

            I didn’t find her boring at all in Dark Knight (maybe a slight crush on Maggie is clouding my judgment but she did stand up to the Joker), and a lot of her arguments about Gotham always needing a Dark Knight still made a lot of sense.  Her character may have been boring because it was practical and wasn’t out to ruffle feathers, which always happens in super hero movies (Joker, Loki, even Dr Doom get free reign to be entertaining because they are megalomaniacs, but don’t have much restraint which makes them fun but fantasy).

          • Sofie Liv

            I honestly was relieved when she died so I didn’t have to watch her any-longer…. that’s not very good for a character.

            But.. examine her! she is miss right! Rachel Dawes is just always bloody miss right, pure and clean. It is because she is representation of the ideal, what Bruce strives after at the same time as being his last tie to the better and warmer past. But she is so boring!

            Just look at the women in inception! there are two, one represents the wide-eyed new pure exspector not yet touched by the dirty world. And the next one is the desirable dream you no longer can have.. neither of them are characters, they are just symbols and allegories.

            But this is honestly a nit-pick! cause his movies are of cause, very amazing in many many ways.
            I mean thanks Nolan, you truly do think highly of us, that is flattering but erh.. I miss characters…

            This is of cause a minor nit-pick though. Cause Nolans movies are of cause amazing in many many ways.

  • Tedzey71

    I thought what you did with the titles was pretty cute, not going to lie! 

    • Jill Bearup

      Thanks! Ugh, iMovie has been throwing fits ever since I upgraded to Snow Leopard. Because then my current (perfect) version wouldn’t run without updates, and the updates are apparently the Least Stable Things In The World. 

      Well, they’re probably beaten out by those picosecond structures that water forms around solutes, but still. 

  • edharris1178

    Great stuff, Jill.

    • Jill Bearup

      Thanks Ed!

  • The_Stig

    It was a great beginning to the trilogy, flaws and all.

    • Jill Bearup

      Definitely. :)

  • Nuclearademan

    I wish Batman Begins focused more on Scarecrow rather then pushing him aside for Ra’s Al Ghul, the most uninteresting character in the film. Btw is it just me that found it weird how Batman goes on about how he doesn’t kill but he blew up the building with the League of Shadows?

    Apart from that it was a very good film.

    • Ah, he doesn’t INTENTIONALLY kill other people. Besides, if you’re leaving unstable gunpowder laying around like that you’re just asking for trouble. Also, those guys they trained are pretty tough. If they can’t escape a burning building after all that intense training, then they wouldn’t be much of a threat as the League of Shadows.

      • Jill Bearup

        It would have been nice to have more Scarecrow. Though Liam Neeson as the most Northern Irish Ra’s Al Ghul was servicable enough, and pretty ruthless to boot, I will never object to more Cillian Murphy.

  • The_Unusual_Suspect

    Nice! Freakin’ love Batman Begins (actually more than The Dark Knight but that’s still awesome). I’ve been getting a few requests myself to review this, but I’m more one just to make fun of a film. Guess there’s Christian Bale’s case of throat cancer, but apart from that, not much. Except for the fact that Begins stars the kid who plays Joffrey in Game of Thrones. And if you’ve seen that show, you have to keep reminding yourself he’s an actor, otherwise you will want to hurt him.

    Can’t wait for The Mummy Returns review! Keep it up!

    • Liam Barrett

      I sometimes think I like Begins better than Dark Knight. The only issue I have is Bale’s oft-complained about Batman voice. It really cuts through me here, whereas in the second one he’s either toned it down a bit, or I’ve just got used to it.

      • Jill Bearup

        …on the voice: http://youtu.be/vbgLapRAloQ

        I present this without comment. XD

  • I haven’t seen TDKR yet… but I think it’s a safe bet that nobody is ever going to make a better trilogy of Batman films.

    • Jill Bearup

      Fingers crossed! :)

  • This was the first Batman film I saw, and I love it. With Cillian Murphy’s Performance as Jonathan Crane (AKA Scarecrow…) DAMN HE’S GORGEOUS! Don’t judge me. :/

    • Jill Bearup

      I wouldn’t judge you. Because. You know. He is. :)

      • Hell yeah, high five. /)

        • Jill Bearup

          *high fives* :)

  • Joe

    The problem with this film, and it’s a small one (and it’s Nolan’s weakness, apparently, since it’s in TDK Rises as well) is the plot device, the “microwave water vaporiser”. Let me explain – the vaporiser is, by name, designed to vaporise water into steam, and several time the train containing it is driven over streets while active, causing water pipes to instantly burst and boil. Streets full of people. People who are, mmmm, 60-70% water. Anyone seeing where I’m going with this? 

    • Jill Bearup

      Yup. And I remember thinking that the first time I saw the movie too. And then I promptly forgot about it, because there was stuff blowing up.

      Huh.

      My attention span is truly gnat-like…

      :)

  • groupthinker1984

    More important than either of your Rachel quotes is when she says “Look beyond your own pain.” This is easily the most important lesson for Bruce Wayne to learn if he’s ever going to do any good and while he does transcend his pain at points we see him relapse multiple times throughout the series needing the help of others to get him back out there.