Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Batman rocks!!!

It’s not what you are underneath – it’s what you do that defines you
- From the movie Batman Begins

This is an excellent movie… absolutely the BEST Batman movie yet. It makes all the other superhero movies (e.g. Spiderman, Batman & Robin, Superman) seem so kiddish and cartoony compared to this. The previous Batman movies and all the weird villains (e.g. The Joker, Mr Freeze, Poison Ivy) seem too colourful and fake. But this Batman movie is more realistic and reflects the pain that Bruce Wayne went through as he searched himself and the world to find the answer to crime and corruption.

And this Batman movie had a good solid theme: FEAR. It was not just aimlessly rushing through the plot as fast as possible to get to the action. The audience of Batman Begins will need to be patient as the story unravels, and as each character is introduced so you can really identify with them.

I’m so glad thet cast Christian Bale to play Batman. I didn’t really like Michael Keaton at all… when Val Kilmer came on the scene, my hopes rose a bit… but were dashed with the entry of George Clooney (yucks!). Christian Bale has a familiar look about him (I remember him playing Laurie alongside Winona Ryder in the 1994 ‘Little Women’). He did an excellent job of contrasting between his life as swanky Bruce Wayne… and the dark, mysterious and scary Batman. I love the scene when he roared at the baddie “Swear to me!!!” while bungee dropping him to ground nearly smashing his brains out… that’s playing with fear, man.

Here are some Batman Begins trivia facts:

Before Christian Bale was cast as Batman, many other actors were considered for the role including Guy Pearce, Ashton Kutcher, David Boreanaz, John Cusack, David Duchovny and newcomer Hugh Dancy. (Ashton Kutcher as Batman??? You have got to be kidding!!!)

Actor Cillian Murphy also auditioned for the part of Batman. He didn’t get the part (thank goodness!). However, director Christopher Nolan liked Cillian Murphy's audition so much, he cast him as Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow. (All the better, those crazy blue eyes would have been too scary to play a steady role like Batman)

So if you haven’t watch this movie… please go and watch it. You will not regret it.

*Sorry Sam, Spidey’s in second place now. Batman rocks!!!

1 comment:

  1. u r a frog hopper!! spidey still rules... forever!


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