On the way home I paid a rare trip to the cinema to see Batman Begins.
I’m kind of picky about the films that I go to the cinema to watch as my town doesn’t have a multi-screen cinema, not even a single screen cinema come to that. But being a fan of the first two, Tim Burton directed, Batman films and being a fan of the director of the new one, Christopher Nolan, I had to make the trip.
Now, maybe it’s just me but I didn’t think that it was the greatest movie I’ve ever seen, just a good movie. Just a nice way to while away a few hours. It definitely had an all star cast - Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Rutger Hauer and a new improved batmobile.
I knew before hand that practically all the stunts were done on the set and not CGI’d in later, which was a good sign. The sight of Batman stood on the edge of a skyscraper while the camera flies around him is an image that stays in the memory longer when you realise that it was a real person and not a bunch of pixels.
I saw Spiderman 2 a few months ago now on DVD and didn’t like it at all. You do just seem to see the same CGI effects over and over again. The sound was good but that was about it.
What has happened to Gary Oldman recently? After staring in Dracula, Leon, Immortal Beloved, The Fifth Element back in the nineties he has done nothing of any great note since his part in Hannibal in 2001. He does just seem to be doing films like the Harry Potter films and Batman Begins to pay the bills.
Possibly Batman Begins is a film that I’ll like more after repeated viewing on DVD when it comes out. It’s worth seeing at the cinema and should be a must buy if it’s released as a two disc DVD.