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Yes, I’m doing another series.  It’s time.  I did Rises first because it’s my favorite, but now we go back to…

2005

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman

Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes

Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth

Liam Neeson as Ducard

Directed by Christopher Nolan

 

Synopsis:  Bruce Wayne is the child of a billionaire philanthropist who was murdered, along with his wife, in the dark days of Gotham’s depression.  Time goes by, and we realize that the depression has led to a city overrun by criminals and the corrupt.  We learn quickly that Bruce, while angry, is going to learn the ways of deception to protect, and hopefully save, his city from certain ruin.

This is my next favorite of the three.  I love the back story, seeing Bruce prior to becoming a man with a dual identity, gaining understanding of why he becomes the Batman.  It’s dark, as it should be, but it’s also compassionate, with characters learning to become better people as they fight against the scum that threaten Gotham with oblivion.  This totally plays into my sensitivity for the good-vs.-evil battles in movies.

Best parts?

  • All of Cillian Murphy’s scenes.  He’s so good in this movie!  Twisted, cool, calculating; a master criminal working within the system.  The effects when he puts the bag over his head are pretty awesome too; I wonder why everyone who sees him hallucinates the same stuff?  That’s an awfully specific psychotropic substance.
  • Tom Wilkinson’s New England accent.  Hilarious.
  • Liam Neeson in general.  The man is the new Chuck Norris.  I know you’ve seen the memes on Facebook.
  • The Tumbler.  Even Sergeant Gordon looks like a bad-ass driving that.

Beautifully filmed, well-written, well-cast.  It’s a winner of a movie, and a great start to a monumental trilogy.

Weepy Meter:  4/10       It’s Hans Zimmer.  Dammit.  I can’t help it!  Every time the Dark Knight theme plays, I go all gooey.  Those two notes are seriously powerful.  French horn?  Trombone?  Don’t care.

Man Meter:       8/10       Batman?  Duh.

Overall Rating: 7/10       Not really sure why it’s a seven, but it’s not good enough in my book to be an 8 or a 9.  Maybe as a trilogy it averages to an 8.5?  Discuss.  But Nolan rocks my world, and I hope he keeps making movies until he dies.  Awesome.

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