|A beautiful, hand-painted poster for Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins|
My favorite superhero came back in 2005 in the hands of London-born director Christopher Nolan (Inception (2010)) and in the shape of the impressive, Welsh Christian Bale (Rescue Dawn (2006)). Batman Begins is the first in Nolan's trilogy of modern, darker, less mythical Batman films than what is known from earlier entries in the DC Comics franchise.
The action, gadgets, and Batmobile (the 'tumbler') are especially awesome. Nolan uses a minimum of CGI, and refused a second unit to keep his vision consistent throughout the film, which was shot in England, Iceland and Chicago. Begins was Oscar-nominated for its cinematography by Wally Pfister (The Italian Job (2003)).
The cast is impressive. To pick out a few of the most noteworthy performances, Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later (2002)) looks good and feels completely right as the villain, Dr. Jonathan Crane who becomes the Scarecrow. Tom Wilkinson (Valkyrie (2008)) is pungent as Gotham's gangster overlord, Carmine Falcone. And Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption (1994)) is Lucius Fox, the series' sympathetic Mr. Gadget.
The script by Nolan and David S. Goyer (Blade (1998)) tells much of Batman's origins, and it works well, except for the one, original character created for the series, Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), or Miss Moralizing, who is too Mary Jane Watson (Spiderman (2002))sugar-sweet to fit the dark tone of the film.
Generally, Begins is, however, too bereft of sex, filth and colorful villains to compete with the best of the Batman films, which remains Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992), a masterpiece in lavish entertainment, Gothicism, villains and eye-candy.
Nolan begins with a solid, dramaturgic building of the Batman character in one of the most popular films of the 00s, Batman Begins.
The director and the cinematographer of Begins are now working on each their own major science fiction movie for next year: Pfister on the Johnny Depp-starring Transcendence, and Nolan on the amazingly cast space travel picture, Interstellar.
Christian Bale: American Psycho (2000) or, Disappointing Butchery
Morgan Freeman: Amistad (1997) or, Must ... Free ... Slaves!
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) - A warm and funny film about friendship and life
Cillian Murphy: 28 Days Later (2002) or, Fast Zombies in England
The trailer for the conservatively color-graded Batman Begins
Budget: 150 mil. $
Box office: 374.2 mil. $
= Big hit
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