Batman Begins

batman begins poster

Year of Release: 2005

Genre: Comic Book

Related To/Remake Of: The Dark Knight (sequel), The Dark Knight Rises (sequel)

Directed By: Christopher Nolan

Music By: James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer

Starring: Christian Bale (as Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (as Alfred Pennyworth), Liam Neeson (as Henri Ducard), Cillian Murphy (as Dr. Jonathan Crane), Gary Oldman (as James Gordon), Katie Holmes (as Rachel Dawes), Morgan Freeman (as Lucius Fox), and Ken Watanabe (as Ra’s Al Ghul)

Basic Plot: The origin story of how Bruce Wayne becomes the Dark Knight, and his first face-off with a big-time villain, The Scarecrow.  Bruce must also contend with the League of Shadows, a mysterious group bent on bringing balance to society by destroying Gotham City.

Rating (Out of 4): 4

Pros: Now this is what an origin story is supposed to be. A thoroughly entertaining look in to what makes Bruce Wayne decide to put on the cape and cowl, this is the first comic book movie that deserves not to be called a comic book movie and should viewed as more of a straight up crime-thriller. Bale, Michael Caine, and Gary Oldman deserve special mention in the acting department, with the always-dependable Liam Neeson doing fine work in a smaller supporting role.

Cons: Katie Holmes just doesn’t work in this movie. When held up against the other actors, she comes across as amatuerish, playing a character that, quite frankly, could have been played just as well by pretty much any other actress.

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