Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Death Rides A Horse

O-Ren Ishii (Cottonmouth)

You're O-Ren Ishii! Twisted and homicidal, you respect most people, but let them know not to mess with you. You have a talent for sensing danger, and keep only the most loyal and skilled people around you.

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Batman Begins

The only redeeming factors of Batman Begins are its strong characterizations, good performances, engaging storylines, perfect pace, white-knuckle action, incisive wit, focused direction, excellent Panavision cinematography, nicely wrought production design and resonant mythic elements. That pretty much leaves the music, which was drab and nondescript. Otherwise, the film is intense, entertaining and altogether satisfying.

While there is no shortage of action, the focus here is on the personal struggle within Bruce Wayne. At no point does Batman ever spring forth fully formed, instead we see a gradual evolution that logically brings us to that point. The moral conflicts and the pressures he puts upon himself form the basis for most of the character development, and Christian Bale sells the journey. While he is aided by an all-star cast, it is his film and he always remains its center. That said, the secondary characters are all fantastic (save Katie Holmes), with standout work by Gary Oldman as the upright Detective Gordon, Michael Caine as the flippant but affectionate Alfred and Cillian Murphy as the ultra-slick Dr. Jonathan Crane. Christopher Nolan elicits believable performances from the entire cast, however, and it is his person-oriented storytelling that raises this film so head and shoulders above its precursors.

The screenplay by Nolan and David S. Goyer (perhaps this film can make up for his atrocious Blade: Trinity) is convoluted but never confusing; my understanding is that it also stays rather close to its canon. Each twist and turn in the story is determined by the characters rather than plot convenience, and the result is that the story rather tight. A nice touch is seeing Batman having to do genuine detective work in order to figure out what's going on as well.

This is the most satisfying film about Batman I've seen. If I would have any caveats, it would be that the choice of shots and the editing during the fight sequences make them very confusing, and that the score doesn't do a damn thing for the movie. I really like James Newton Howard (his score for Snow Falling On Cedars is nothing short of a masterpiece), but I loathe Hans Zimmer, and the collaboration yielded a score that doesn't really sound like anything. The film is good enough that it isn't particularly harmed by its lousy score, though.
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