In retrospect, Batman Begins
is perhaps even more of a towering achievement than we first realised. Arriving eight years after the franchise-killing Batman & Robin
, it managed to not only shine fresh light on the Batman
franchise, but also emerge as a template for what a top notch comic book movie should be.
Much of the credit, of course, should go to the pairing of Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan. Bale steps where the likes of Michael Keaton, Adam West and George Clooney have stepped before, and yet his Batman is darker and more complex than any of them.
Behind the camera is perhaps Batman Begins secret weapon, as Nolan--previously responsible for Memento among others--rewards the gamble to give him the job in the first place. His film is packed full of memorable characters, and he draws together a staggering cast, yet none of them are shortchanged. From Rutger Hauers brief cameo as head of Wayne Enterprises through to Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson and Liam Neeson, its the finest cast in a film of this ilk since the first Superman.
The films belated Blu-ray debut has, fortunately, been worth the wait, with the reference-quality 1080p image simply sparkling on any screen that can handle the resolution. Backed up with a thumping surround sound mix, this is superb work, and its fitting that it should be used on a film of this quality. Now? We just need The Dark Knight to join it in high definition. Thats what youd call a double bill...-Jon Foster
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy.Christopher Nolan (Director)