BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE OF THE YEAR (2005) Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman Rating: *****/***** Grade: Best Movie of 2005 Recommendation: Buy it Directed by: Christopher Nolan Genre: Action/Drama Year: 2005 Chicago Tribune, Michael Wilmington "...one of the artier, more noir-drenched, psychologically tortured and memorable of all the recent big comic-book hero movies." Boston Globe, Ty Burr "In Batman Begins, Christian Bale gives us the best Bruce Wayne that has ever graced the screen." Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Eleanor Ringel Gillespie "This is the story of the Dark Knight, not the Caped Crusader." Pros - Amazing musical score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard - Acting is great and believable - All-star roster of actors/actresses - Darkest Batman movie yet - Action sequences are well choreographed and performed - Plot is well done - Scenery is pure noir - Costume designs are amazing - Villains are almost as awesome as Batman himself Cons - Bale is a bit laughable with Batman's voice - Possible plot corruption for next movie (who's the Joker?) - Batmobile is pretty dumb looking Withot further ado, I bring to you my pick for movie of the year, 2005, Batman Begins. Batman Begins (first known as Batman: Year One) details the very beginnings of Bruce Wayne, his dark history, and his rise to his realization of justice. Christian Bale plays Bruce Wayne, a billionare heir to his father's company in a dark metropolitan world who decides to lead a life of justice pursuing criminals and wrong-doers after his parents' tragic deaths. Batman Begins is an amazing accomplishment in the Batman series by capturing the true darkness that is Batman himself. The first thing I want to mention is the music. The power of music in films is incredible and the score to this film is almost perfection. Hans Zimmer, the composer of Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest, The Rock, The Lion King, and many others, shows how good he really is with pure and potent sounds to fuel the early days of Bruce Wayne's crime fighting career. The action sequences in the film are another high point. They're full of adrenaline, high-octane, hair raising moments and momentum and are well presented and spaced out. The car chase was a great scene and fueled by emotion and gasoline. The actual person-on-person fighting was great and realistic. There is very little to be picky about with this film. The only parts that felt odd was Bale's voice when he was Batman and a plot point. Bale sounds like he's suffering from a life-threatening case of strep throat. Also, for those that have seen the 1989 Michael Keaton Batman, you'll notice a slight problem with the story line if it were to continue (think "Joker who?"). The newly designed Batmobile is also pretty stupid, considering how much ass the 1989 one kicked. Overall, the feel of the movie is ghostly atmospheric and matches the tone of the movie perfectly. It is easily, if not the best, one of the best Batman films ever created now and will be very hard to match. If you haven't seen it, I highly suggest you stop reading and go buy it right now because it is worth every minute of it. This movie will raise the hair on your arms, draw tears from your eyes, and bleed adrenaline from your skin. It is one hell of a ride and a great flick over all which is why it receives my personal award for Movie of the Year 2005.