...engaging and discerning culture, as a way of life...

October 16, 2006

Batman Begins - 7

Here's crossing my fingers that Nolan will get to direct the next X-men, it could use the help. I wrote about this film when I saw it in theatres. What I want to add is the main reason that I love this film. I love how the film is about fear, not in making the audience scared -like a horror film, but rather to explore the depths of human fear and how it drives human action. This film does not set up a clear dichotomy between good and evil, or between fear and hope. Rather it shows that how we respond to the fear that is within and without, becomes to define us. This also helps to explain why no love story develops, as is the case with most comic book/films. Self discovery precedes intimacy with others. The metaphor of fear and how is works in this story, is important because I think it translates into the metaphors and stories our everyday lives. That is what makes this film great.
All of the characters are well developed (Det. Gordon being the weakest) and the acting is well done (Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine, and Tom Wilkinson) and I can't not mention that Katie Holmes needs to be killed off or replaced for the sequel.

1 comment:

John said...

Hey Greg,
I love this film. Such a sigh of relief after the previous Batman movies...

Hey I haven't had a chance to pick up a copy of the cabinet yet and I want to read your IACS letter. I was wondering if you could send me that sometime?