Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins is the first movie in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and I was blown away when I first saw it.

Bruce Wayne / Batman (Christian Bale)

At the time, it was perhaps the darkest Batman movie released, but the movie has actually become quite humorous over the years - due to all the media that pokes fun at it.

For example, Batman's deep voice started out dark and menacing, but now it's actually kind of silly.

On the one hand, its probably what any superhero should actually do in order to hide his/her identity. But on the other hand, superheroes are fictional and their masked identity has to exist, but it's (typically) non-essential.

In other words, we don't watch superhero movies or read superhero comics because we're interested in how they keep their identities a secret, but because we're interested in their adventures. Thus, a superhero changing his/her voice in order to disguise his/her identity can be considered unnecessary.

Ducard (Liam Neeson)

Getting back to the point, I probably enjoyed watching Batman Begins as much today as I did when I first saw it, but from a different point of view and occasionally for different reasons.

However, some reasons for enjoying the film remain the same: a fresh plot, a great cast, and a cool, realistic ride ("Does it come in black?").

Overall, Batman Begins is a great movie and a great beginning to a fantastic trilogy. If you like Batman, action movies, or superhero movies, then you definitely have to watch Batman Begins. Of course, the average movie goer will probably get a decent kick out of it as well.


Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes)

As of 20180104, Netflix determined the movie for me as a 98% match. I decided to give the movie a thumbs up.

Today I watched this movie again for the first time in a long time. I felt as if the movie was much much better in my head than how it turned out. With that being said, I did enjoy the movie and would still consider it one of the best Batman movies. In the end, the point I'm trying to convey is that an experience (e.g., watching a movie) can be great, and the memory of it greater still, but the act of actually having the experience again (e.g., watching a movie for the second time after five years) has no association with the memory (it can be better, just as good, or worse).

Overall, this film has several things going for it. One, a great cast (by character: Batman, Alfred, and Lucious Fox). Two, good origin story. And three,

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 98% match. I decided to give the movie a thumbs up.

Bruce test drives the Tumbler

Instant Comments:
3: Hehe. Morally arguable. Locks himself up in order to fight some prisoners.
2: Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) saying he works for Ra's al Ghul
3: I learned not to long ago that there's not much blue in nature and that which is blue generally does so by means other than pigmentation. In particular, there are almost no blue flowers.
2: @9 "And you are afraid, but not of me. Tell us Mr. Wayne, what do you fear?"
3: Gordon approaches Bruce. [Though we don't get his name until a moment later.]
3: "My anger outweighs my guilt."
3: I don't remember that (1) he was planning to kill him, 2) that someone else killed him first
2: "No gun? I'm insulted." - Marconi to Wayne
2: "That's the power of fear."; 3: I must have missed the theme of fear on earlier viewings.
2: "You have to become an idea." - Ducard to Wayne
2: Quick thinking on his part. But how he was able to take one of their places in the assembly is strange. 3: Prior to this, I thought it would be appropriate if he hid among the assembly, but after he did, I wondered how he was able to.

Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman)

2: That's quite a rescue and bicep curl.
2: "You can borrow the Rolls if you'd like. Just bring it back with a full tank." 3: Smile.
2: Mr. Zsasz and Dr. Crane (Victor Zsasz and The Scarecrow)
2, 3: "I want to borrow it. For, uh, spelunking." - Wayne to Mr. Fox (regarding the kevlar)
2: Large orders of 10,000. "At least we'll have spares."
2: "No. Today it's BASE jumping."
2: "Does it come in black?" - Wayne to Mr. Fox (regarding the vehicle)
3: When Bruce takes out the guy in a shipping container and the two guys go slowly to check it out, the moment makes me want to play one of the Batman games. [The whole scene could have easily played out in the video game. The only difference being that the enemies in the game behave less uniquely]
2: @63 "Who are you?" "I'm Batman."
2: Looks at the homeless guy. "Nice coat." "Thanks."
3: @74 "Swear to me."
2: "I got to get me one of those." - Gordon regarding the vehicle.

Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman)

2: "It's a black... tank."
2: "He's not on a street! He's flying on rooftops!"
3: Definitely luck involved with being able to get back to the mansion without being tracked.
3: "Sargent Gordon."
3: I see. Mr. Earle was under the impression various people made purchases, but I guess Bruce was actually behind the purchases.
3: Wait, what? Bruce may have burned the house, but he didn't leave him for dead.
2, 3: @107 "It's not what I am underneath. It's what I do that defines me." "Bruce?" 2: (When she asks him to at least tell her his name, I thought he was going to say, "I'm Batman.")
3: Prior to the fight sequence on the train, I couldn't help but wonder why Ra's divulged his secret to Batman. Also why he would even need to turn on the machine prior to reaching the city center.
2: Lol, I was hoping the GPS would say, "Re-routing."
2: "I won't kill you. But I don't have to save you." That's kind of like a white lie (lying by omission). 3: Though Ra's could probably live through that.

3: "Didn't you get the memo?"
2: Rachel describes Bruce Wayne as being Batman's mask (but I feel that's unique to Superman: Clark Kent is truly Kal'El/Superman's alter ego).
2: Gordon is promoted to lieutenant.
3: Escalation. Batman never really answers Gordon in this regard. I suppose we just assume it's how the story goes but philosophically it's worth considering. There are those who believe in a more pacifist approach.
2: Joker.
2: "I never said 'Thank you'." "And you'll never have to."
2=20151006, 3=20190616

Released 20050615.
Watched once before in theaters.
Watched 20151006 (Netflix, Instant)
Watched 20190616 (Netflix, Instant)
Batman Begins (2005) Christopher Nolan. 140 min

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