I just saw Batman Begins. I loved Christian Bale in American Psycho, which is basically the only thing I’ve seen him in, so I also loved him in this movie. (He also made me wish I had long[er] hair again.) I thought it was funny to see him walking around in suits speaking in his good but weird-sounding American accent…I just saw him as Patrick Bateman instead of Bruce Wayne. I’ll never be able to see him as anything else if he’s wearing a suit.
I thought this movie was (duh) a huge improvement over the past Batman movies (not Keaton’s, but the bad Schumacher ones.) I thought it could have been darker and grittier still, though. Everyone I talked to about this movie gushed to me about how “dark” and “gritty” it was, and Nolan did do a good job of portraying Gotham as it ought to be, but there were some forced bits that detracted: The cliche little-boy-lost towards the end stands out (Can we for once have a movie without extraneous cute little kids?)
Katie Holmes’ character was lousy and poorly-acted and I didn’t like the cheezy forced romance between her and Batman/Wayne.
Cilian Murphy is too pretty to be playing a villain. He looks like what Michael Jackson probably aspired to resemble when he started up with the surgery. Seeing his pretty face also kept bringing me back to the bone-chilling preview for the new Willy Wonka movie starring Johnny Depp as an effeminate, pouty, bitchy Wonka, that I saw before the feature presentation started (why must you keep raping our childhoods, Hollywood?!?!)
I don’t think I have ever seen Liam Neeson behaving so violently in a movie before, and I must say, I loved it. His fight at the beginning was so cool.
All in all, I thought the movie was alright. I’m disappointed it decided to go the Spiderman route with clear-cut good vs. bad and cheezy villains and forced romance - although I guess it’s neccessary, to avoid an R rating. It would have been cool to see a fight-dirty, film-noir Batman in a stronger dose than that of Batman Begins. But there were things I loved about it: Liam Neeson’s character, for one, and Michael Caine who was perfectly cast as Alfred. I have high hopes for the sequel to this movie.