“Does it come in black?”

Turning to the cinema…saw Batman Begins a couple of weeks back (first Tuesday back in Melbourne. Am very pleased to find that cheap Tuesdays are now HALF-PRICE Tuesdays, even for students. Movies are now a very affordable $5.50-$6.50, depending on where you go), and I quite liked it. Whilst Tim Burton’s take on the Gotham hero will always have a special place in movie history (“where does he get those wonderful toys?”), the most recent film reflects a recent trend in the superhero genre that really emphasises the human side of these heroes (and heroines…why can’t we just dispense with gender specific terms?). Batman should have had an advantage over everyone else, as he doesn’t have any special powers, just brilliant gadgets and immsense endurance and strength (and training), but as the BB‘s filmmakers have expoused, the previous films never really went into the man behind the mask.

BB works for me because I can believe Bruce Wayne is a human being. Filthy rich perhaps, and with an immense drive, but still human. The end made that clear (even if that scene/reaction was…short…in a sense). I liked seeing him discover all the people who could and would help him, find the cave and start to develop it etc. (One wonders how in the world previous Bruce Waynes managed to have such a high-tech cave without anyone else in Gotham knowing…I mean, who did all the work? Perhaps the next film(s) will explain…)

As for the faults…I dislike Katie Holmes. Perhaps it’s the character, even if she knows what she wants and works towards that, the majority of the movie has the actress with particular expressions on her face, which I just didn’t like. (Maybe I should see it again to think about it more…). Christian Bale will take a bit of getting used to, but I’ve appreciated his work since I saw Empire of the Sun at least 6 years ago now, even though I haven’t seen a lot of his more recent work. The “method actor” approach isn’t particularly good on his body though, especially with the challenging roles he wants to take. And Gordon…that was Gary Oldman?!?! Worlds away from so many of his other roles…so many other recognisable faces and names kinda made me a bit sick though. That’s the way Hollywood is I suppose, but fingers crossed that that won’t detract from this new interpretation of the Caped Crusader.

About karice
MAG fan, freelance translator and political scientist-in-training. I also love musicals, travel and figure skating!

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