53 thoughts on “Batman Begins (2005) Movie Review

  1. Yeah! I do love that movie (except for Katie Holmes, but what can you do ;)) Murphy’s Crane is wonderful, but it’s Oldman, Caine and Freeman who ultimately steal the show 😄 Bale is a bit raw here, especially at the beginning, but he grows impressively into the role. Neeson is very solid, too – and though the fear theme is a bit ham-handed, the movie holds up wonderfully to this day 😀 Great review, Lashaan!

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    1. I’m relieved to hear your love for this one! 😂 If I had to live knowing that Ola had huge problems with this movie, I think it would be a rough future! 😂 I’m with you on all your points there. This Bale-iteration is part of my influential childhood, especially The Dark Knight, and I’d have a tough time giving no credit for what he achieves here hahah Thanks, Ola! 😁

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  2. I loved that movie! Except for Christian Bale’s Batman voice. Felt like they should’ve either gone with his cowboy voice in 3:10 to Yuma, or gone full on death metal growl. This wasn’t either. But you nailed the rest!

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  3. I much prefer the two following movies. I remember not being impressed by what I saw as overly tropish training sessions… but I’ve only seen it in cinema, and never re-watched, perhaps it’s time to give it another chance 🙂

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  4. Batman and Robin truly was one of the worst Batman movies ever. Glad that Nolan was able to turn the franchise around.

    I actually liked this the best of the trilogy. I’m a sucker for origin and training sequences 🙂 While I own this, I haven’t watched it for quite a while. It is SO inconvenient to pop a disc into the bluray player, hahahahahaa 😀

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    1. And it’s actually one that I need to rewatch for a proper review in the future… Not looking forward to it. Or maybe I am as my inner masochist awakens at the mere thought of it 😂

      Wow, I’m quite glad to hear that this is your favourite of the three. Mine remains The Dark Knight as you’ll probably see from my review for it next month 😂 Hahahahah hopefully a rewatch will make you appreciate it for what it was 15 years ago! 😁

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      1. What stuck out to me from B&R was the terrible one liner where Robin pulls out a batman themed credit card, stares into the camera and says “I never leave home without it”, or something so close to that that it wouldn’t make a difference. It was just horrible!

        I hope you suffer a lot as you watch it 😀 😀 😀

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  5. Llllll-ooooonnngggg time Bats fan, here.

    This is a first for a hero to be so dark on the screen.

    I really dig the trilogy format used. This franchise did a good job of having a beginning, middle, and final ending to a story arc. I think that is rare and wonderful. We are seeing it more commonly now, but here, it is still a relatively new concept.

    Happy Trails!

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    1. Hell yes! I know how you love those 3-part formats from our discussions on the Netflix Marvel shows and I agree! It’s a good format to follow for a self-contained narrative. And Nolan pretty much nails it for the first time. Thanks for reading as always, Icky! 😁

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  6. This sounds good and no I haven’t seen it! I used to be able to watch movies, which I love doing, but post-kids, sorry….only kid-friendly movies that is, if we can sit quietly for about an hour or so to watch one! LOL

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      1. The 2nd suggestion sounds reeeally good! It’s gonna be a long while before that happens though! LOL First one is impossible, coz I’m an old woman, my friend. I’m done for the day way before they are! haha 😀

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  7. These movies sometimes all blur together for me so I had to check Netflix to see I’d rated the movie, so I guess I have seen it. But it didn’t stick with me, I don’t remember much. Is this the one with a rose shown in a couple scenes? Even if it didn’t work for me at the time, you’ve still written a great review, showing the strengths of the film.

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    1. Hahah no worries, Todd. There are many Batman movies, some way better than others though, so I can understand how they ended up being a blur today. And that’s why a re-watch couldn’t hurt! 😉 There isn’t a rose but there is a flower shown maybe twice in the movie. I’d be surprised if that’s what stuck with you all this time though hahahah I always forget about that little element whenever I come back to rewatch this movie!

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  8. I’m with Bookstooge on this movie, it’s my favourite of Nolan’s trilogy. The Dark Knight gets all the praise–and there is a lot to love in it–but I love this origin movie even more. It’s just a shame they didn’t do more with the Scarecrow or Ra’s Al Ghul. Great review, Lashaan!

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    1. I rarely hear people say its their favourite of the 3 but I’m glad it’s that rather than the “worse” 😂 I agree for the villains. Having read (even played games) with better stories revolving around those two villains, I know that it’s possible to create memorable and mind-blowing movies with them! Thanks for reading Wakizashi, I appreciate a lot! 😁

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  9. Awesome to hear your thoughts on Batman Begins my friend! Whilst Tim Burton’s Batman ’89 (along with Returns) will always remain the definitive favourite cinematic Batman for me, Nolan’s Batman Begins is an absolute gem and the most comic book-like of the Dark Knight Trilogy. The Dark Knight is obviously a bit of a masterpiece but I do think a little something was lost in Nolan’s quest for realism – but that’s the approach taken and I applaud it for that.

    Glad you mentioned the comic relief via (the great – one of my absolute fave actors) Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, that’s how I like it done in films like this – in a way that feels natural, unforced and without slapstick…and actually funny!

    I look forward to your thoughts on the remainder of the trilogy, which I’ll be revisiting myself later/early next year (the Batman films are always a Autumn/Winter watch for me for atmosphere!). I even keep threatening to review the Adam West movie…man the ’66 Batman is camp, cheesy and silly…but I’ve always had a certain guilty pleasure-fondness for that interpretation!

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    1. I too love Burton’s Batman but Nolan’s trilogy was where it all began for me hahah The Dark Knight stands as a masterpiece upon multiple rewatch including my recent marathon through the trilogy. I do look forward to rewatching all the pre-Nolan Batman movies, even the bad ones that I have… negative memories of hahaha I agree for West’s Batman. It was the last one I saw before completing the whole Batman filmography and it was fun when you take into consideration the concept it had. 😀

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      1. Yeah, totally love Nolan’s trilogy but similar to yourself it was the Burton films where it all began for me, leading into the phenomenal Batman: The Animated Series. Funny thing is, I recall seeing the Adam West series which re-ran as Batman ’89 came out and although there was a sense of camp, the young me took it quite seriously! I think the beauty of Batman ’66 is how as an adult you become aware of what they were doing!

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  10. Great review! 😀 I really need to watch this one. I’ve watched and absolutely loved The Dark Knight but then when I watched the third installment it just wasn’t my cup of tea whatsoever. I’ll have to make a point to watch this one some time though! 🙂

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  11. I liked this version of Batman the most. I thought Christian Bale gave Batman depth. This was a well done film, although I do agree about Katie Holmes’ character being somewhat mediocre. Could it have been the actress herself? Perhaps.

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    1. I’m glad we’re on the same page for this one! Nolan’s trilogy (and all of his movies, honestly) are remarkable work of cinematography. And yes, for Katie Holmes. I think it’s mostly due to the actress herself being so awkward in general. The same can also be said about Maggie Gyllenhaal who will take on Holmes’ role in the sequel. 😉

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