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June 16, 2005

Batman Begins

Ten minutes into this latest DC Comics effort I had two thoughts. The first was that they finally decided to make a Batman film. The second is that now it is going to be difficult for Marvel to do a proper job of Stephen Strange's sojourn in Tibet on his way to a rendez-vous with destiny in the form of the Ancient One. I still think they are going to need Johnny Depp for that one. Let's hope he is a Dr. Strange fan.

But I digress. Batman Begins is a masterpiece. I cannot think of a more successful comics adaptation to film. Christopher Nolan has done an astonishing job, Christian Bale is as brilliant as ever and the rest of the cast is note perfect, including Katie Holmes no matter how annoying reportage of her personal life may be at the moment.

Update: The BBC notes a number of positive reviews, Entertainment Weekly calls it a triumph, the Scotsman says the Dark Knight has a bright future, Catholic News Service argues this may be the best of the Batman films, 365Gay notices Christian Bale looks hot in his Batsuit, MTV is less impressed with Bale's inexpressiveness but likes the movie while the Virginian-Pilot wins best review title observing it is Bale's turn at bat. The film rates a poor review from the Globe and Mail, indicative of the Canadian establishment's inability to enjoy anything, and another from the London Free Press, easily the stupidest newspaper in Canada. This places the latter in the same sad category as the Washington Post's too clever by half Freud sneer and Salon's review which you know is in trouble when they can't even appreciate the new Batmobile. Like, whatever. The good news is Christian Bale plans to be back as Batman.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 16, 2005 09:36 AM

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I'm still working on my own review, but I agree. Best batman movie by far, and equal to the Spiderman adaptations. I like Tim Burton and all, but it was nice how relatively close Nolan stayed to the mythology. I'd rather have Ra's Al Ghul teaching Wayne how to fight than have the Joker being the one to kill Thomas Wayne. I especially liked the setup for the sequel.

Oh, and if you have the option, go to the IMAX version. Definitely worth the extra bucks, given how multiplex screens have shrunk.

Posted by: Fred [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 17, 2005 01:43 PM