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BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
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Directed By:
Christopher Nolan

Starring:
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe and Cillian Murphy as Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow

Rated PG-13
Genre: Comic Book Action/Science Fiction
Format Used: Netflix DVD
Contains: Mild Lanuage, Graphic Violence
Also Known As:
Batman 5 (USA) (working title)
Batman Begins: The IMAX Experience (USA) (IMAX version)
Batman: Intimidation (USA) (original script title)
The Intimidation Game (USA) (fake working title)

THE PLOT:

After the loss of his parents in a brutal street crime, a death he blames on himself because the bats in a movie scared him. Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to stopping crime, he travels around the world to train. Crime deduction, the art of the escape artist and fighting. In a Chinese prison, Bruce battles to get stronger and to tolerate pain, where he meets a man who introduces him to Ra's Al Ghoul.

Out of prison he trains until Ra's reveals himself as a phsyopath, escaping in a firey blast. Ra's wasn't so lucky, or was he? Back to Gotham City to clean up the streets of crime and corruption. But Doctor Jonathan Crane aka the Scarecrow has other plans. As he perfects his fear powder, what does he plan? Who is his backer and can the new Batman save the city?

ZEDD'S OPINION:

It's been over ten years since the last Batman flick and they removed Tim Burton out of the equation, thank Heavens for that. Don't get me wrong, I love Tim Burton, I love Nightmare before Christmas and Corpse Bride. But I think he screwed up big time on the Batman movies, too many stupid changes. When it comes to something that's been going on for close to a century you don't f*** with what works. Gothem looks like a real city, no stupid gothic giant statues everywhere. I wish they didn't go with the body armor like the last four films and you they should have used the same material they used in SPIDER-MAN, because you can't see Batman's eyes either. But this is the most fateful version of the comic book in a long, long time. I think the cast and crew should be commended. I like the supporting cast and on a whole the best BATMAN movie to date and I can't wait for the next one. I give BATMAN BEGINS...9 STARS

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VOLTRON'S OPINION:

I am in complete agreement this time. I wish we saw Sacrecrow's costume instead of just as mask. But it's a beginning. Plus without giving it away there is a plot twist I saw coming, but most people won't. It's cool, it's action packed, it's dramatic. It's the film for you unless you actually are a fan of Burton's Batman's flicks. I know what you're going to say, but Voltron Burton didn't direct BATMAN FOREVER and BATMAN AND ROBIN that was Joel Schumacher and you'd be correct. But Burton was the executive Producer of those two movies and obviously still had allot of control over the story. But his out totally and it's staying fateful to the comic and I like that. I give it...9 STARS as well.

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ON THE POSITIVE SIDE (+ HITS):

+ CAST (The cast does a supurb job.)
+ ACTING (Perfect acting, why wasn't this nominated for Oscars?)
+ STORY (The story work.)
+ FATEFUL (The story stays fateful to the comic without any major changes.)
+ CHARACTERS (Seeing younger versions of the characters was interesting.)
+ NO TIM BURTON (Without Tim Burton, the twisted Gothem City is no more.)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES):

- NO SCARECROW COSTUME (Just a mask, that was a tad disappointing.)
- BODY ARMOR (Bruce doesn't wear body armor. He's too fast to worry about bullets.)
- MASK (You can't see Batman's eyes. The mask prevents it.)

...AND FINALLY...

- FANS OF TIM BURTON'S BATMAN FLICKS (If you're a fan of the Tim Burton's Batman flicks, then you won't like the more fateful adaptation.)

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