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As a comic fan, I have to say that I've waited a long time for this movie. A movie about Batman, where he is Batman. I felt very satisfied after this movie, a feeling I thought I could never have after this last slew of Batman movies. I really feel that they got it right this time.
The story is sorta like a prequel to Batman. We follow his journey to becoming Batman. This is a journey I've wanted to see, no movie has ever taken this angle before, but it is the angle that needed to be taken if you wanted to reach the non-comic audience. Now, not only do people like me know the basic origins, but your average movie goer knows the basic origins. Anything that was changed from the comics were logical changes, this is not a movie where I left in a rage because they changed any integral part of the batman universe. The Batman I grew to love in the comics is still very intact after this movie.
One major change is the addition of a new character, Rachel, played by Katie Holmes. Rachel is a childhood friend of Batman who has grown up into a DA for Gotham. Katie Holmes is always great and nothing less can be expected for this role, and does she ever deliver. The pivotal role of Bruce Wayne (Batman) is played by Christian Bale. After watching this movie, I wondered how I could have possibly never heard of him before this movie, he was amazing. Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney have nothing on this kid. The really cool thing about this movie is that they seperated the Bruce Wayne character from the Batman character, like it is done in the comics. Michael Cain was Alfred and I never want it any other way. He really captured all the character elements of Alfred, from his sense of humor to his loyalty to Bruce and his family. Cillian Murphy was incredible job as a crazy Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow), not too sure if its a good thing to be that good at playing crazy, but it made some really cool moments in the movie. I was very pleased to see the long time Batman character, Lucius Fox, in the movie, and Morgan Freeman pulled the role off perfectly. I don't know who the casting director was for this movie, but there was no part casted that was not thought very carefully about.
Overall, Batman Begins is an amazing ride for any longtime comic fan and a good introduction into the comic world for a non-fan. This is the Batman movie we've all been waiting for and it is everything I wanted and more. Even if you've never read a comic in your life, I would tell you to go see this movie, just so you can see what Batman is really like. For this gift from director Christopher Nolan, I could give it nothing less then 5 out of 5 cans and I'd like to give him a big thank you.
Added: Thursday, June 23, 2005
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