John Reviews Batman Begins 8/10

Besides Revenge of the Sith, the new Batman Begins has been the one film I’ve been looking forward to more than any other this summer. On Tuesday I had a chance to catch it. Folks… it does not disappoint.

The story wastes no time whatsoever. I love it when movie doesn’t doddle. Right from the opening credits the film jumps head first into the important parts of the story. And man was the story told well! There were even a couple of tears in the audience over the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents.

The Dark Knight has never been this well represented on the big screen. This is EASILY the best Batman film ever made… and probably in the top 2 or 3 of the best comic book films ever made. Yes, it’s that good.

In this film, Batman is truly a dark character. Vicious, angry, fear inducing. When Bruce puts on the cowl and cape his true self comes out. This is the Batman film that Batman fans have been waiting to see.

Christian Bale was just FANTASTIC! This guy was born to play Batman. He was the perfect personification of both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Previous actors who took on the Mantle were usually good at either one or the other. Bale nails them both. Also exceptional were Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine.

On the negative side, Katie Holmes was as stiff as a board (as if we didn’t already know that from the trailers), and sadly it appears that even Christopher Nolan isn’t immune from the HORRIBLE “Shaking Camera During Fights” syndrome. I HATE THAT!!!! Half of the fights I couldn’t tell what the hell was going on!!! Why the HELL do directors do this?!?! It almost ruined the whole stinking movie for me.

Anyway, side from the suck ass shaking camera and Katie Holmes, this movie just rocks. I had a wonderful time at it and I’m sure you will too. I give Batman Begins an 8/10.

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