Holy cow! Batman Begins far exceeded my expectations. Well, maybe my expectations were low to begin with after the last 3 movies. But still, this was truly the best movie I’ve seen in years.
Finally, we have a batman movie that allows Alfred to have a real personality with real emotions, and not just some machine-like “Whatever you say, master” reflexes. And we have a totally convincing version of Wayne’s parents’ murder – one where we can completely agree why Bruce feels the way he feels.
And I loved how they did the special effects – just the right amount to make you inch a little further back in your seat. At one point I thought, “Am I watching a Batman movie or a horror movie?”
For the first time ever I think, I’ll agree with the critics – the casting for Bruce’s childhood friend / Assistant DA was way off. I liked her as the college friend, but she just didn’t work as an Assistant DA. She seemed just way too young still and fragile to play such a role. Instead of forcing the “could they have been an item?” card, they should have kept it simple with a “brother – sister” relationship. That I could have truly bought, allowing the scene when Bruce explained what he did when Alfred confronted him about the nightly news to be even more morally compounded.