Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson, Morgan
Freeman, Rutger Hauer, Ken Wanatabe and Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Christopher
by: Bob Kane & Screenplay-David S. Goyer/Nolan
Costumes remarkably done
by: Lindy Hemming
speaking? What can I say? The Batman rules. The cast is like a checklist of
talents; from Christian Bale, to Michael Caine, to Cillian Murphy to Morgan Freeman
to GARY OLDMAN for crimeny! They've made a thespian stew - who knew? Besides what's
sexier than a brooding boy? Right a brooding boy with a bat mobile!
goes... Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) lost his parents in a bad way. Some billionaire
orphans go evil with all their idle time. But, Bruce disappears, and finds his
way into something called, "The League of Shadows."
are hidden way up in the Himalayas and work on martial arts, perging revenge,
working towards pure justice, and stuff like that.
ultimately the club turns out not to be Bruce's thing...
resurfaces in Gotham - which his family built - and informs his former caretaker,
the beloved Alfred (Sir Michael Caine), that he's all-grown-up, sick of Gotham's
corruption, and has decided to bite the head off of crime. I paraphrase...
is, we all get to see what makes a muskrat guard his musk - courage. And what
makes a billionaire build a batsuit - here, it's the courage to face your fears.
And Bruce's fears will turn a man (a very good-looking man), into a legend. (<-
cue a Hans Zimmermany creshendo of Batmany music for your mental pleasure, or
even retro Neil Hefti, it's your choice)
err, Batman, will be going up against some pretty bad cats - The Scarecrow for
one, and a kingpin (Tom Wilkinson) that would love to clip his wings before this
hero hatchling makes his first merit badge.
with Batman's new ideas for Gotham, and the help of his friends, he'll get by.
while Bruce is getting use to caves, and tank-cars, the city is about to be under
siege by a maniacal nutter weilding a psychotropic drug combined with a machine
that goes twirl-ping, and been snuck into the water supply, ultimately to bring
the gothic alleys of Gotham to a very creepy end (it's all very technical). The
usual ultra-dramatic action-packed Batman fare...and it's scrumptious.
a Batgirl (the way others dig Spiderman)...and know now director Christopher Nolan,
and his battalion of talents, do not let we Bat lovin' folks down. The strange
start of the film soon explains itself, and leads you through the psychology behind
the man's mask, and down into the bat cave. It's a helluva tale - one we know
- but has now visually been brought to life, properly - the beginning story I
mean, as I still ADORE Burton's Batman....
of adore...Christian Bale went from a batty psycho in American
Psycho, to a going-bats Machinist,
to a bat mobile drivin', bat fetish wearin' suited yumsicle named Bruce - now
that's diversified acting folks. Did I mention, Chris is a big old slice of manlyberry
mantort, with a dollop of edible bits, beneath all that talent
his acting colleagues running around this beautifully designed Gotham, like Gary
Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Wilkinson, and Rutger Hauer radiate. Katie Holmes,
as Bruce's love/best friend is fine - a bit out of her league acting-wise, and
frankly a tad SNL sketchly Drew Barrymorish (lowering lip and smirk-style). Liam
Neeson will surprise you, and Michael Caine is Alfred...Enjoy!
recommendation: Spirulina Protein drinks...