Year of Release: 2005
Director: Christopher Nolan
Approx. Running Time: 140 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"FANTASTIC. EMOTIONAL. GENUINELY GRIPPING."
-Mick LaSalle, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
In BATMAN BEGINS, acclaimed director Christopher Nolan explores the origins of the legendary DARK KNIGHT. In the wake of his parents' murders, disillusioned heir BRUCE WAYNE (CHRISTIAN BALE) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. With the help of his trusted butler ALFRED (MICHAEL CAINE), detective JIM GORDON (GARY OLDMAN) and his ally LUCIUS FOX (MORGAN FREEMAN), Wayne returns to GOTHAM CITY and unleashes his alter ego: BATMAN, a masked crusader who uses strength, intellect and an array of high-tech weaponry to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.
Although this was not a bad movie by any means, it was something of a disappointment. I watched this film for the first time after having seen its stunning sequel, The Dark Knight, twice. It doesn't quite have the magic of that second film, though the cast is strong (with people like Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, how could it not be?) and the effects are good, but the characters just aren't as intriguing.
Still, it's worth a watch and is definitely requisite viewing in order to fully understand The Dark Knight, though you're likely to love that movie either way.
Rated PG-13 (MPAA)
2005 (Year Of Release)