Batman Begins is a pillar among Superhero Movies and is also one of the Best Films of the genre. It has been more than 15 years since the movie hit the theatres and today we are taking a look at why this movie is so damn good and even after all these years why it is still so relevant.
- Christian Bale: Batman has been portrayed in many ways by various different actors throughout the decade. From Adam West’s portrayal of the caped crusader in the 60s to Keaton in the 80s and now Pattinson will be playing the character in 2021. But Christian Bale’s performance as Bat of Gotham as well as Bruce Wayne has arguably been the best. Not only is his “I’m Batman” one of the most iconic and memorable lines in all of movie history but the way he plays the character with certain toughness and intimidation without ever overdoing it, is simply just stunning. His character was shown as someone who is by no means fearless or invincible and he plays that part perfectly with a classiness to it. It is because of his brilliant performance that you will see how his actions and emotions are motivated and affected by the acts of others as well as his will to save those he loves.
- The Perfect Ensemble: Batman Begins also had the most perfect Alfred played by the legendary Michael Caine. And one of the greatest villains of all time Ra’s Al Ghul was brought to life by Liam Neeson who thrived on this menacing role as the leader of League of Shadows. Neeson was able to capture and convey the mentality and vision of a complex character such as Ra’s with pure elegance. Before Cillian Murphy was busy kicking ass as Tommy Shelby on Peaky Blinders, he did a stellar job of playing a classic Batman villain, Scarecrow. And besides his angelic voice, Morgan Freeman brought heart, humor and a realistic like presence as Lucius Fox. Katie Holmes’s Rachel Dawes had undeniable chemistry with both Bruce and Alfred. And if that is not enough, even Joffrey Baratheon was in this movie.
- Character Dynamics, Solid Action and Perfect Mix of Tone: Batman in itself is a very rich character and has lots of aspects to explore but what makes Batman Begins so good is the character dynamics in this movie, one of the most notable of them being between Alfred and Bruce, the fact that Bruce is a billionaire who wants to keep Gotham safe and would put himself literally in death’s path while Alfred being the man who wants nothing more than keeping him safe is portrayed perfectly. And as I said earlier Rachel Dawes does a brilliant job of being Bruce’s only friend. The movie is dark as obviously a Batman movie should be but it has enough lighter and sarcastic moments especially between Lucius and Bruce that really lightens the mood and make you laugh. And obviously, the action is so solid, from Bruce’s training session with Ra’s to him fighting crime in the streets of Gotham slowly becoming the guardian angel of the city.
- More than Batman: This is not just a story about Batman, it’s also about Bruce Wayne. Batman Begins shows that Bruce is more than Batman. Throughout the movie, we see his billionaire playboy persona as well as his real persona who is battling and still struggling with the death of his parents. One of my favorite scenes from this movie is when Batman saves Joffrey Baratheon and Rachel asks him who is he and he answers by saying, “It’s not who I am underneath but it’s what I do that defines me” which was a callback to the time when Bruce was partying like his usual playboy self and Rachel sees him like that, so he tries to explain that this is not him and underneath all that he is a good man, to which Rachel says, “It’s not who you are underneath Bruce, it’s what you do that defines you.” It is humane moments like this that make this movie what it is.
- A Perfect Origin Story: The early 2000s was a time of superhero origin stories and there could have most certainly been fatigue on that specific story but Batman Begins did not feel like it, it brought something new to the table. It felt fresh and new even in its style as it kept going forward and backward at different instances of time showing Bruce at different stages of life and showing his growth from it as well as his emotional state during that time as he deals with the grief that has surrounded him his whole life. The movie is very much a psychological war in Bruce’s mind and we get to see so many different sides of him. Bruce’s own weaknesses add multiple layers to his character. We also get a pretty deep look at his and Batman’s psyche and get to see what drove him towards his no-kill rule. We see his ideology, motivation and everything surrounding it and it all works so well and these all elements combine to become a perfect origin story. What do you think makes Batman Begins so damn good? Comment below and let us know.