Saturday, March 16, 2019

Batman Begins Review

Batman Begins, 3/16/19, 92%, A-, 4.5 Stars.
Batman wasn’t beyond saving after that disastrous Batman and Robin movie, and Christopher Nolan is the hero Batman needed and deserved.
Plot
-Pacing 9/10
It gets started right away, but it takes a while for Batman to really begin. It moves along nicely.
-Coherence 10/10
Everything about this movie makes sense and is consistent in its storytelling. There’s no stone unturned, no Chekov’s gun left ignored, and no signs of lazy writing.
Characters
-Relatability 7/10
Nolan’s greatest weakness is with characters. The relatability here is just kind of average, nothing too impressive. The way he lived life as a criminal could be seen as bringing him down to Earth when he’s realizing that there’s more to crime than just “people bad.”
-Development 9/10
The origin story is very well done here, and Bruce Wayne is sold well as the billionaire turned vigilante, and his motivations to avoid using firearms is made clear by the way he almost murders his parents’ murderer. His dynamic with Ra’s Al Ghul is what every origin story should be: a mirror of what the hero could be on another path. Jim Gordon is also well developed as the honest cop in a sea of those just going with the flow.
Upon this viewing, I realized that Jim knew his partner was taking bribes, but that he didn’t bother because the city was that corrupt. I also picked up on the fact Ra’s was responsible for Bruce’s parents’ deaths, which made their dynamic more meaningful.
Picture
-Visual Believability 9/10
The practical effects still hold up well, but certain shots that are clearly CGI stick out like a sore thumb. You can tell just how real it is, and it sells the “ultra realistic” take on the character Nolan had going for the movie.
-Purposeful Content 10/10
Everything advances Bruce’s origin story and shows what a craphole Gotham is, which sells the reason the League of Shadows would tear it down.
Soundtrack
-Emotional Resonance 10/10
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard create a pulse-pounding soundtrack that enhances the realistic, gritty nature of the setting and story.
-Appropriate Use 10/10
It’s used appropriately at all the right places.
Dialogue
-Appropriate Humor 8/10
There’s a healthy dose of humor here and there, especially when Bruce Wayne is acting out his social life, but the rest of the movie is a bit dry. I’m just glad they don’t overload it with humor like the Marvel Cinematic Universe does in some movies.
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10
The language was clean, and the naughty content was naughty enough to sell just how bad a place Gotham City is, while staying in the PG-13 range.
The Batman franchise seemed like it had to die, but Christopher Nolan proved it wasn’t beyond saving, and begins a long line of dark reboots that may or may not have worked for every character it was tried on over the years, but it’s still a great origin story that also discusses issues of corruption.
Numeric Breakdown
-1 = That Bad
0. Unbearable
  1. Awful
  2. Really Bad
  3. Bad
  4. Weak
  5. Mediocre
  6. Questionable
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect
Letter Grade
100%-97% = A+
96%-93% = A
92%-90% = A-
89%-87% = B+
86%-83% = B
82%-80% = B-
79%-77% = C+
76%-73% = C
72%-70% = C-
69%-67% = D+
66%-63% = D
62%-60% = D-
59% or below = F
Star Grid
0%-19% = 0.5 Stars
20%-29% = 1 Star
30%-39% = 1.5 Stars
40%-49% = 2 Stars
50%-59% = 2.5 Stars
60%-69% = 3 Stars
70%-79% = 3.5 Stars
80%-89% = 4 Stars
90%-99% = 4.5 Stars
100% = 5 Stars

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