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Saturday, June 18, 2005
Chiroptera Guy Starts

I watched the latest Batman movie yesterday with a couple of army friends since we were given Friday off. Although I have never read any Batman comics, Batman is my favourite superhero. I also liked Nolan's chronologically backwards movie Memento. So, I really hope this movie is an improvement over the last few about Batman.

Fortunately, Batman Begins is a great movie. In fact, it is the best movie I have seen this year and as good as, if not better than, Tim Burton’s Batman. I don’t really like making such a comparison since Burton’s Batman was the best Batman movie before Batman Begins. It is also difficult to compare because Nolan’s Batman is so different from the rest.

Batman Begins is the most serious and deep Batman movie of all. The focus is really on Batman rather than the villains, the chicks and the technology. It is also quite philosophical about the nature of crime and justice. The first half of the story tells the story of Bruce Wayne’s journey and training before returning to Gotham to become Batman. It is quite long for someone who just expects lots of explosions and car chases but it is great character development and vital to the success of the movie.

Liam Neeson and Michael Caine is especially memorable in their supporting roles. I didn’t know where Gary Oldman was until after the movie because he looked different in almost every movie he acted in.

The only problem I have with the movie is the car. I much prefer the more elegant look of the vehicle from the first Batman movie. The Batmobil in this movie looks like a turtle and it is quite a distracting piece of technology.

The ending was great. There were some humourous parts. Then there were the parts that made you go “ahh, I see” because they provided links to the present. The one I particularly liked was the final conversation between Gordon and Batman on the rooftop when Gordon asked for help on a new case. In a way, this is like how Star Wars Episode III ended with scenes that leads us to Episode IV. What makes it an enjoyable experience to watch such movies is that you can spot familiar characters or places which you know will play important roles in the future.

I hope I haven’t given away any major spoilers. Batman Begins may be the best movie this summer so you know you don’t want to miss it, especially when I highly recommend it.

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