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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

"Batman Begins"

Batman Begins
I watched the preview of "Batman Begins" this evening and the movie is AWESOME! Finally, the Bat is back in his element since the first Tim Burton-directed "Batman" movie.

High points:
  • strong characterisation of the main characters -- Bruce "Batman" Wayne, Ra's Al Ghul/Henri Ducard
  • dark, broody, vulnerable Batman... and his raspy voice!
  • Bruce Wayne's training days
  • Alfred as father-figure/mentor
  • Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn Liam Neeson as villain
  • finally, a Bat-romance worth rooting for!
  • the Batmobile chase scene -- driving and jumping over roofs!
  • Batman disappearing suddenly
  • the cape!
  • special effects/computer graphics -- not too many, but very effective when used, e.g. the subway system. I wish our MRT system could be designed in that same futuristic way
  • Wayne Manor burns down -- the horrors!
  • a lesson in controlling and mastering your greatest fear as your most powerful weapon
  • excellent actors -- Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, etc.
  • and finally... last scene of the criminal who leaves a Joker playing card. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!
Low points:
  • not much of Batman-as-detective
  • Rachel Dawes was quite a one-sided character
  • no backstory on Dr Jonathan "Scarecrow" Crane
  • wrong secret entrance -- it's the grandfather's clock, not three-piano-notes!
  • Bruce Wayne's parents' killer was never found nor charged nor killed in the comics
  • Bruce Wayne's parents' murder scene was too fast, no impact
One thing I have wished every Batman movie would have: the classic line from the comics,
"Criminals are a cowardly and superstitious lot, so my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts."
Is it so difficult to pen that in somewhere?

Gah, I can't believe I didn't foresee that Henri Ducard is Ra's Al Ghul. Stupid stupid stupid!

So does Lucius Fox know that Bruce Wayne is Batman since Batman uses the gadgets, especially the Batmobile/Tumbler, that Bruce Wayne borrowed from him?

Alas, like when I watched "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith", I was seated near the front, so many of the fight scenes were jarring and a strain to watch. I'll have to choose a better seat somewhere in the middle of the hall if I attend a subsequent viewing.

Oh, and before the movie, the trailer for "Fantastic Four" was shown. "Flame on!" and "It's clobberin' time!"


After watching this movie, I got to thinking: how easy would it be to create a real Batman? Apparently, you need the following:
  1. a wealthy family -- at least a billion in fortunes, businesses in various military/engineering industries
  2. family comprises of father and mother, both of whom are philanthropists and typical salt-of-the-earth, and only son, about 10-years-old
  3. family butler with a history of stage-acting and rudimentary surgical skills
  4. potential location for a secret base of operations
Optional: corrupt city with a few good folks.

Then kill the parents in full view of the boy. And no matter what happens, make sure the killer is never caught.

Now let's see if the boy becomes Batman.

By the way: in no way do I condone the murder of anyone, least of all to test a theory derived from fiction.

Update: Forbes has already done an article about what it would take for an ordinary guy to become Batman. The conclusion: about US$3.4 million.


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1 comment:

Tym said...

Wah lau! This post needs spoiler warnings!!

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