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2.0 out of 5 stars A true review for this badly made batman flick, 6 Nov 2005
This review is from: Batman Begins (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
This movie is TOTALLY over-rated. It was REALLY boring and totally panned away from Gotham city for most of the film. Japan? Legend of shadows? WAY to weird for Batman. Plus when his parents got killed it didnt really feel heart pounding. The joker batman did it good but this one didnt. Plus they changed the story of batman. In the original batman movie it was the Joker that killed his parents and he got him at the end but Begins totally changed that and messed it up bad. Begins was unnessesery as the previous batman films explains everything you need to know about his past.
I'm always going to accept that it was a classic villian (Joker) that killed his parents than a mugger that probably worked for the scarecrow. The scarecrow was crap in the film, making very little appearence and didnt feel like a villian like the other batman films. Begins doesnt feel like a superhero film but instead feels like a badly made revenge film. Christian Bale did a bad perfomance and sounded depressed in his lines. He was too much like The Punisher and wasnt that likeable in the movie (Keaton and Clooney were likeable and had some humour. Bale was just boring.) In the other batman films I could imagine Batman helping out a kid in danger but I can only imagine Bale spitting at a kid. I know he's MEANT to be mean as thats why he becomes batman but he should still be likeable and Bale didnt deliever it right.
Good things -
1. Some action that was cool (Nothing really special and remerable though)
2. Some cool effects
Bad things -
1. WAYYY to boring and overlong (We kept checking how long the film had been on for and wishing that the punishment would be over soon)
2. Bad and non-enjoyable performance from Christian Bale
3. Went too far with the story and complicated it too much. It was more like Tenchu and the Last Samari than a batman flick. If you watched the film from these parts you would NEVER guess that it was Batman. They should have kept in Gotham and the streets as that would have been more entertaining and realistic.
4. Not enough action and nothing special about the action they do show
I bought this for my mate and he wants me to return this to the store and I agree with him. It gets a 2 star in most mags I check and I pretty much agree with that. If you're a batman fan then I DONT reccomend this film as they TOTALLY change the story of Batman that we learned from the previous Burton films and made it worse. I liked the thought of how the Joker was the killer. Stick to the last two film for bright action batman flicks and Burton's ones for your dark ones. Just bin Batman Begins and forget this fake story and remember the real one.
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Showing 1-8 of 8 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 2 Jan 2008 10:46:44 GMT
crouteru says:
Begins is more faithful to the Batman origin story than the previous four, and besides, this is a reboot of the franchise and has nothing to do with the other films, hence making it much better.

Posted on 14 May 2008 22:45:26 BDT
SeanLock says:
Batman Begins is vastly superior to Batman and Robin, to say this is boring is ludicrous! Christian Bale is fantastic as Batman and creates a much needed level of grit and aggression, much in the same way the Daniel Craig in my opinion has reignited the Bond genre!

Posted on 19 Jun 2008 12:23:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jun 2008 12:41:57 BDT
Lee Thomas says:
I just cannot understand people who think this is Batman 5 and haven't grasped that this is actually starting the franchise with a clean slate!

Plus, you seriously think that Batman Forever and Batman and Robin are better than this???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aren't you the joker, lol.

I agree that Scarecrow was underplayed a bit though... but apparently he shows up again in the sequel. (not that you'll go to see it, I'm thinking).

P.S. most kids these days deserve spitting at, especially those little f l_l [ kers that ruined a film for me in the cinema the other day!!

Posted on 2 Sep 2008 19:31:50 BDT
C. Griffiths says:
Hello did u EVER read the comic book stories?? The original TRUE batman's parents were killed by a panicky no-one named Joe Chill. The previous films background story have no bearing on this film since Begins is closer to the comic book stories not some movie director who decided to muck things about. You do not learn anything about the real batman from the previous flicks it is a Batman that is made lighter for Hollywood in the 80s.
TRUE Batman fans (ie comic book fans not pretend movie fans) should watch this film.

Posted on 17 Feb 2009 16:56:57 GMT
I was going to point out about Joe Chill, but my predecessor beat me to it - but I will point out that the origin story here did actually happen in the Batman comic books decades before, so to deduct points from it for being "unfaithful" is wrong on both counts there.

i will admit I too did keep a check of the time - it was a good 20 minutes too long, and i would have Keaton as a Batman over Bale any day (if just for the only thing I can really criticise Bale for - his Batman bark). but despite a few niggles aside - which no movie is devoid of, i think people should at least accept it into the genre and not "just bin it" (which would infact imply we should pay money to possess it just to throw it away without viewing - now that's just silly!)

Posted on 6 Mar 2009 13:14:36 GMT
Before slagging off this great film, I first advise that you a) do a bit of research as to Batman's origins b) appreciate a certain concept known as poetic licence and c) learn to spell!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2009 19:13:23 BDT
I never said its not faithful to the Batman legacy, just found it very boring. The dark knight is actually really good 5/5, i found Begins not that great. we took it out of the bin btw

Posted on 17 Jan 2010 21:36:24 GMT
R. Matfen says:
First off, Mr Krool, your name sounds like a batman villain. I'd almost give you a helpful vote just for that. Unfortunately, you didn't seem to realise it is a REBOOT, which Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan were nice enough to do, after the travesty that was Batman & Robin seemed to derail the entire franchise permanently.
If my parents were killed in front of me, I'd be depressed too. That's what I like about Bruce Wayne, he's this guy who should be a billionaire socialite, but he seems to live a friendless existence, bar Alfred and a few other contacts. The only time he is acting happy is when he's playing up his frivoulous identity as Bruce wayne, socialite and idiot. I partially liked Tim Burtons originals, but to be honest, he's a stubborn, close-minded director who insists on adding gothic iconography in every single film he makes. To me, it felt like the gothicness was his sole focus when making the batman movies, rather than drama. And the previous Batmans just don't seem very powerful or formidable. It's a safe bet that Christian Bale's Batman could batter anyone to an inch of their life. His suit works with him, while in the other movies, the way Batman operates just seems really contrived. How he managed to remain stealthy just isn't really explained, besides him not being in front of the camera lense.
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