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So much for great beginnings

Kimberly Nicoletti
Summit County correspondent

Though it’s an above-average movie, I didn’t like “Batman Begins” anywhere near as much as Dan did.

I cringed when it came time to see it ” possibly due to nightmare memories when I saw the first “Batman” movie in 1989 and realized my boyfriend-at-the-time was the most obnoxious person I had ever met. Sitting in the dark theater, he yelled at characters, added dialogue and made kissy and other immature noises. Because of the trauma, I made sure I watched “Batman Begins” by myself.

(Dan’s almost as, let’s say, as “interactive” in movies as the unnamed ex, but at least he whispers and is much more witty in his running commentary.)

“Batman Begins” follows Christian Bale, a billionaire who seeks justice after his parents’ murder. It follows the typical hero-leaves-home/finds-his-power/returns-home-transformed formula, complete with an arduous journey up a remote mountain. Once he proves himself, he returns to fight evil in Gotham.

When I saw the supposedly wise natives who lived in the rugged mountains and heard the conversations about fear, my hopes soared: “Batman Begins” could be an action-packed movie with depth. But by the time characters said the word “fear” (with emphasis) about 27 times in one hour, my hopes crashed with about the same force as the script used to shove quasi-depth and faux psychology down my throat.

And I won’t even get into the melodramatic ending.

Suffice it to say, I agree with a phrase that the wardrobe department wore on their T-shirts: “It’s hot, dark and sweaty, and it gives me a headache.”

The headache comes from the roaring and rumbling sound effects ” Skyline Cinema had a chance to showcase its amazing sound system with this one. Visually, the movie skyrockets with explosions, stunts, sets, costumes and gizmos 007 would be proud to own. As an added bonus, objects fly directly toward the audience, resulting in a visceral experience.

As far as movies that flesh out cultural icons go, “Batman Begins” does a nice job of explaining why the black-caped hero choose to mimic the nocturnal mammal ” and it’s a pretty cool story.

But when Christian Bale does the whole “Batman” deep voice, it’s a bit much.

Oh, and you should know something about Dan’s biases: When we reviewed “Abandon” in 2002, he said he’d pay $8 to watch a two-hour home movie of Katie Holmes painting her house. So beware of his opinions about movies that feature Holmes.


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