Rewatched Jul 14, 2012
OK. I get it. Some people really don't like Christopher Nolan's films. Especially The Dark Knight.
I keep reading things along the lines of "Chris Nolan raped my Joker" and "fuck this shit... Bane should be 600 pounds" etc.
Now that's over... Batman Begins.
The casting is excellent, but a chain is only as good as it's weakest link. That piece of shit just happens to be Katie Holmes. I'd like to put it down to how her character is written but every other character is well crafted and ported by the "actors" within the role. I can't help but think that little miss Dawson's Creek was still under contract with Warner Bros so she kinda got shoe-horned into the role.
The music is fucking genius. I regularly slate Hans Zimmer for his samey, shitty, lazy scores. Honestly, he's brilliant but has a knack for just "phoning it in" sometimes. But paired up with James Newton Howard, the dynamic duo seem to bolster each others strong suits with regards to sound design and orchestration. As thrilling and exciting as film music can be. I'm fucking glad there was no bombastic theme. It'd have taken you out of the picture entirely. That shit suits Danny Elfman circa 1989 but not here. In fact... I'm struggling to remember a super hero theme tune from the last decade. But those two notes and how they're implemented throughout the film? Very clever indeed.
Many people abhor the Nolan twist on Batman. The beauty of Bob Kane's characters is that they've been moulded, molested and whored out in so many different guises throughout the years that whatever comes next is bound to be equally divisive.
The beauty of this film over it's sequel is that this truly is a film about Batman, whereas The Dark Knight focusses more on his opposition. Beyond that, the biggest plus for this film over the sequel is that it's set at night. In my opinion Nolan's biggest crime is pulling Batman out of the darkness and into the daylight.
Who cares... whatever interpretation you have, whichever incarnation is portrayed, however they're bastardising this "symbol", he'll Always be several billion times cooler and more credible than that godawful fucking bitch Superman!
Love the film.
Love the cast... mainly.
Love the score. Love the look.
The Plot... an action/ comic cliche, well implemented.
It's a great movie in my opinion but then Im one of these controversial arseholes who doesn't really like the whole Marvel: Phase 1 thing.
After seeing the ultra-plain Spider-Man reboot the other day it astounds me how it compares to this. In that regard, the biggest mistake Sony made with TASM is that they tried to darken the reboot instead of embracing the bright, fantastical awesome that Spidey can be.
Gonna catch The Dark Knight on Sunday night with my girlfriend and truly prepare for The Dark Knight Rises (awful fucking title but ... ah well).
PS: In the scene at the end where Bruce and Rachel walk through the smokey ashes in the grounds of Wayne Manor, I can't help but notice she's wearing a silk blouse. I sat there thinking, "she'll never get the smell of bonfire'y smoke out of that lovely silk blouse now"!
What the fuck have I become?!