Rewatched Jul 19, 2012
Marcin Wichary’s review:
I re-watched this in a theatre in a marathon before The Dark Knight and the newest movie, and it was like looking at your iPad on the day of Apple’s keynote – suddenly something amazing just the day before is now slowly turning lame and outdated in front of your eyes.
It is interesting to compare Batman begins to its sequel. While the latter is mostly just a thrilling ride with some pop psychology thrown in, this one focuses more heavily on mythology and I was surprised to see Gotham and questions of life in a big city being such a integral part of it. Batman begins also feels much more claustrophobic and much more “hard sci-fi.” There aren’t very many big landscapes and sweeping vistas in this movie – no doubt a function of Nolan’s not-yet-superheroic budget – and Gotham with its elevated rail and favela-like Narrows is mostly seen at night in grays and oranges. It also takes a lot of time to start moving.
But still, the rest is really good, and many people already talked about why. The shifts in tone between the first two movies are a bit grating and ultimately, Batman begins pales next to its successor, but it’s a great movie and a daring reboot worth checking out.