Batman Begins (2005) – 9/10 superhero origins action movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer (Screenplay): Christopher Nolan
Writer (Screenplay): David S. Goyer
Writer (Story): David S. Goyer
Producer: Emma Thomas
Producer: Charles Roven
Producer: Larry Franco
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Batman: Bob Kane
Christian Bale: Bruce Wayne / Batman
Michael Caine: Alfred
Liam Neeson: Ducard
Katie Holmes: Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman: Jim Gordon
Cillian Murphy: Dr. Jonathan Crane
Tom Wilkinson: Carmine Falcone
Rutger Hauer: Earle
Ken Watanabe: Ra’s Al Ghul
Mark Boone, Jr.: Flass
Linus Roache: Thomas Wayne
Morgan Freeman: Lucius Fox

Batman Begins (2005)

Billionaire Bruce Wayne, traumatized by the murder of his parents when he was a child, drops everything in the face of a humiliating realisation about his lack of understanding of the ‘real world’. He disappears, presumed dead by everyone in Gotham, and is taken under the wing of Ra’s Al Ghul who heads up the League of Shadows, an underground organization devoted to ridding the world of injustice. Finding kinship and understanding, Wayne welcomes the training and both look forward to cleansing Gotham of evil.

9/10

Quality return to form for the winged super-hero franchise. It hits highs (two of Batman’s lines: "It’s not what I am underneath, it’s what I do that defines me" and "And you’ll never have to" both made even cooler by Batman leaping off a building as a punctuation mark) as high as Tim Burton’s Batman but this doesn’t have a Kim Basinger subplot that doesn’t work so remains terrific throughout. Now there are four classic superhero movies: Superman (1978) remains the benchmark but this fits right in with Batman (1989) and X2 (2003).

This movie contains strong melee violence, brief graphic gun violence, blade violence, scary scenes of psychotropic effects.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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