Batman Begins

Batman Begins ★★★★

I forgot just how good this is. The pacing, the set pieces, the performances, all of it just works. It believes in itself. They do shit for real and you can just tell. Batman isn’t on screen for the better part of an hour and you don’t get impatient waiting for him. The story weaves between past and present beautifully, doing what Nolan does so well; dressing up a character study as an action film. There are three villains in this and instead of feeling packed, it let’s you believe that each one of them is the real real big bad until they’re not.

I especially love Tom Wilkinson’s performance as Carmine Falcone. Favourite quote: “You’re Bruce Wayne, the prince of Gotham you’d have to go a thousand miles to meet someone who didn’t know you’re name. So don’t come in here with your anger, trying to prove something to yourself. This is a world you’ll never understand. And you always fear what you don’t understand.” Is there a better set up for where Bruce is when he meets the Joker?

There’s some goofy stuff in it that they dropped for The Dark Knight, which I’m glad of. But I think the third act of Begins has better bones and pacing than TDK does but I think the emotional and psychological core of TDK is stronger.