Like most self-respecting nerds I went to see The Dark Knight Rises last Friday, and surprise surprise, I found Batman punching guys again to be pretty enjoyable! I’ve also recently re-watched Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and after much thought I’ve come to a conclusion even I find a bit surprising — Batman Begins is the best of the bunch.
Batman Begins has been largely forgotten — wiped from the public consciousness by the mania surrounding The Dark Knight. Don’t get me wrong, Heath Ledger’s Joker was amazing, but aside from that one fantastic performance, Begins actually trumps Dark Knight in a number of other areas, and it certainly beats out the somewhat flawed Dark Knight Rises.
So, why am I such a Batman Begins fan? Well…
SPOILER WARNING – There are probably some minor Dark Knight Rises spoilers scattered below. Nothing movie-ruining, but if you haven’t seen the movie and want to go in completely fresh, stop reading.
It’s Filmed Like a Regular Movie
Over the past few years Christopher Nolan has really been honing his unique style, a style that he really pushed to an extreme with The Dark Knight Rises. Booming music, quick jittery editing, lots of montages — the style can be exhilarating, but it can also be hard to follow and eventually kind of exhausting.