Movie – Batman Begins [REVIEW] – The Legend Begins

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Bob Kane, David S. Goyer
Stars: Christian BaleMichael CaineKen Watanabe

To be honest, I don’t really like Marvel, DC, or anything related to superhero thing. I also have a reason which is why I don’t like movies like that but I want to complete all Christopher Nolan’s work which’s this is the last of The Dark Knight trilogy, my last watchlist to Nolan’s movies. After the crash because of Batman’s last movie before The Dark Knight trilogy that didn’t really reflect the impression of a real Batman movie, Christopher Nolan makes something like that in the three series of The Dark Knight. Tim Burton’s Batman I think is very good where he shows some of the great actors such as Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson and was a comic appreciation in the form of the best movie ever and this is it, a superhero film directed by a genius of Christopher Nolan and the result is not disappointing.

“Batman Begins,” tells about Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) after the loss of his parents that have been killed, a billionaire playboy went to Asia where he met his mentor by Ducard (Liam Neeson) and Ra’s Al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) where he learned how to face fear and evil. When he learns to clean up all the mess in Gotham City, Bruce prevents that where he doesn’t escape again and immediately returns to his hometown. Bruce gave the first background to an image of a bat that he made as a symbol of his fear of becoming a criminal and corrupt until he was known as ‘Batman.’ But that doesn’t stop there.

Gary Oldman and Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins is one of the real superhero movies. The film depicts a picture of Batman’s character as a dark, gloomy, creepy, yet fantastic. Christopher Nolan built all those elements into a gothic style which was also shown by Tim Burton himself in his Batman series. At first, I only know this figure from people who often talk about it and honestly, I’ve never seen it on local television. I only know his name but didn’t know the source and anything else. But, I’ve watched Batman Begins and I know that. This film takes the set with a non-linear pattern like the typical style of Christopher Nolan that will be told in turn. The setting takes in Bruce Wayne character as a child who witnessed his parents being killed before his eyes. Bruce learned how to fight and take it, face the greatest fear of a bat, until learning how to overlook the past. It’s your typical superhero-based movie, the protagonist who lost his parents, the beginning of their appearance is considered as a villain and the things that are in the superhero movie. Batman Begins takes the background of a city called Gotham where the city is ruled by evil, another satirical social issue to brings into reality but kinda dark. The protagonist who presents two different characters does have the deepening of the well-development character and for me, this is why the superhero movie existed. Initially, I didn’t feel sympathy for the character of Bruce Wayne where I prefer his character as Batman but towards the story, it’s gradually moving to two characters with contradictory sympathy. It’s not like the character of Bruce Wayne loved by the people in this film where the Batman character is the superhero of Gotham city but these two characters are both likable and there is no sense too keep their exaggeration.

Liam Neeson and Ken Watanabe in Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins uses a plot based on the Batman story but this film doesn’t always focus on the characters of Bruce Wayne nor Batman. By adding a supporting character that develops the story and strengthens the protagonist, its passage turns into a more realistic Batman who also attends as a character portraying other superheroes. Christopher Nolan always adorns his films with a hurt protagonist and has a profound mistake on every character and in Batman Begins, all of that is shown from the dilemma that Bruce Wayne must face to the intensity of drama that surrounds him. I also didn’t know that Batman is a compilation and summary of a ninja where Batman is the underlying character of it. If talking about Batman then we don’t forget the actor who plays it from behind the scenes and we are talking about Christian Bale with his great performance and memorable as Batman character. His performance is convincing and supported by other famous actors such as Liam Neeson, Michael Cane, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, and Morgan Freeman. Love that character played by Cillian Murphy but one thing that fails is the character immediately lost in the climax. Gary Oldman also has a memorable role as a partner of Batman himself, Ken Watanabe is not too explored, Liam Neeson is great too, and Morgan Freeman as well. All the actors I think fit with their respective roles and I hope, the next movie still has the same actors and the role as well.

Overall, Batman Begins shows as a film that resurrected the Batman franchise and became one of the films that created a variety of influent to the films that tried to follow the technique of Nolan as well. It’s darker, portraying the Batman’s bleak character figure as well as the urban city, the cinematographic, the actor, and some of the humor that exists. Bottom line, it’s great to start with this The Dark Knight trilogy and the second with three series will be coming.


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