Batman Begins

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    Ebert just gave it 4 stars. It's getting rave reviews across the board, I've read two or three reviews saying this is not just the best superhero movie of the summer, but the best movie of the year altogether. Lots of theaters are doing midnight showings tonight, but alas mine isn't. Who's going to see this?
     
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    Better than ROTS?
     
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    It will have to go a long way to be better than ROTS, but I do plan on seeing Batman this weekend.
     
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    Well, thinking back, I think Ebert gave ROTS 3 stars, so his opinion is not to be taken as the Word anymore (not that it ever really was).

    I really do want to see it, though. My roommate's going to see it tonight, but I'll probably have to wait until I have some more money.
     
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    Awesome, simply awesome!

    Y'know how ROTS was supposed to be "the Star Wars movie for the kids who saw the originals and now want an adult story"? Well, that's what this is, it's a Batman movie made for adults. And it's great.

    My roommates were kind enough to loan me the $8 to go see this with them and, man, it was amazing. It's really amazing what a dark story this really is. Basically, the movie retells the story of how Bruce Wayne became Batman. I understand this movie followed the Dark Knight comic series very closely, and it's a wise move. Much of the story is different from in the original film, from where Bruce's fear of bats comes from, or where he really does get those wonderful toys from. Funny thing is, the whole story was told in such a realistic way that once Batman actually dons the cape and becomes "Batman", there were moments where I found myself starting to worry about it being a little unrealistic before I had to remind myself, "oh, wait, it's a Batman movie."

    The acting was great across the board, especially from Christian Bale and Cillian Murphy. Gary Oldman really manages to get a lot out of a mostly one-dimensional character.

    It was really great the way they grounded every single aspect of the Batman backstory into a character-driven story. Even the villan's master plan to destroy Gotham City is refreshingly original.

    This is by far my favorite Batman movie now, and it may be tied with Spiderman 2 for my favorite superhero movie of all time. I never thought the story of Bruce Wayne would be so involving and ultimately satisfying. I'd definitely give this one an 'A'.

    I should note that this movie is very dark, so parents may want to research it a little bit before letting their kids see it. There were only four or five bad words (the worst being "Goddamn" and "asshole"), there was much fighting violence, though the majority of it was done in a fast-paced way, so that you can't really see anything too violent. The plot hinges on a hallucinogen being dumped into Gotham's water supply, and we see a few of the effects of the hallucinogen, which, honestly, creeped me out a little bit. It's probably OK for kids, like, 8 or 9 and over.

    Oh, and to get off-topic for a second, the trailer for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory looks great on the big screen, I can't wait for that one.
     
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    But how much of Katie Holmes do we get to see? :D

    Thanks for the review Dan. I wasn't particularly interested in seeing this, but now I will certainly consider it.
     
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    as long as its better than daredevil. that one kinda of blew i thought.
     
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    Dude, you can't even compare the two. Unfortunately, not many people are seeing it, so it's doing Daredevil numbers.

    I'm surprised more people on here haven't seen it yet. Come on, I wanna discuss this thing to ridiculous ends, a la Ep. III!!!
     
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    Probably not as much as that smurf Tom Cruise does.

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    THere's something very not right about that relationship. Not to sound cynical, but there's only 2 things I can get from their relationship:

    1) Tom and Katie REALLY want Batman and War of the Worlds to get lots of publicity.

    or

    2) Tom REALLY wants people to stop thinking he's gay.

    Lately in interviews, she's come across as very reserved, as though she has been brainwashed or she's in a cult or something (Scientology, hmmmmm....). She's pretty good in the movie, she doesn't really get a whole lot to do, but she makes do with what she's got.
     

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