A Case of AeroBATics

Batman Begins (2005)

I love Batman. How else could I start this post? The key essential of Batman that I’ve always admired about him would have to be his consistent moral philosophy which comes into conflict whenever he faces a certain set of circumstances. Usually this kind of occurrence involves many of Batman’s noteworthy adversaries. I’ve seen the original Batman films and this was definitely a step-up in terms of establishing the titular character as well the superhero genre in general.

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Released in 2005, “Batman Begins” follows a new origin story where the titular character’s backstory is explored as well as his eventual rise to become the caped crusader that Gotham would come to know. Everything about the Batman that we’ve seen in comics, speaks out for itself in Christopher Nolan’s vision of Bruce Wayne. We see his life-defining tragedy involving the murder of his parents, his conflicted feelings about true justice, and the issue with revenge getting thrown into the mix. Under the tutelage of Ra’s al Ghul, he goes from a lost prisoner without any compassion to a man on a path of saving the world.

It is here that Bruce’s ethics come into play as Ra’s al Ghul’s moral philosophy of saving the world involves killing other people regardless of whether or not they’re innocent. From here on, Bruce makes his return to Gotham where he develops his vision of a symbol of justice and through that, Batman is born.

After building a reputation for himself as a dark vigilante on the streets of Gotham, he uncovers a sinister plot orchestrated by Scarecrow and his mysterious associate, who later turns out to be none other than Bruce’s mentor himself, Ra’s al Ghul. Following a lengthly climax, Batman succeeds in saving Gotham with the assistance of James Gordon. This leaves Gotham in a state of peril as Batman has apparently made an impact as well as a new set of enemies who rise up. One of them being the Joker, sets up the events of the sequel that would come to follow this installment.

Well in terms of a superhero film, “Batman Begins” exceeds in building a formidable story that makes the dark knight a believable hero. Bruce Wayne’s relationships with his close ones are also explored as he comes into conflict over whether the Batman will define who he is or whether Bruce himself will become the mask that covers up the Batman. Action is here, plot twists aren’t completely present but sufficient enough, and a well-put plot makes the audience think.

Sure this movie’s old now in this era, but it’s not forgotten. It set the pave work for what would follow in its noteworthy sequel as well the establishment of superhero films as the new popular genre that came into prominence at the turn of the century. All praise should go out to Nolan for his direction as well as the production for every other aspect. Last but not least, the cast also deserves their share of the recognition for bringing to life these comic book characters. And Christian Bale? Well he earned my full admiration for playing Batman the way he did. Now let’s just see if Ben Affleck will be able to pull it off.

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Pixar’s Shining

The Incredibles (2004)
I’ve always been a fan of Pixar. Their films from the moment I was born have always been a memory for me to cherish and continue to enjoy as Pixar continues to give us an enjoyable spawn of CGI animated films yearly. It’s no secret either that Pixar has yet to spawn an unfavorable film in the general public. This one released in 2005, was no different from the rest. While “The Incredibles” seemed to have a cliched formula of superheroes, and obvious characters, I really enjoyed certain aspects of the film. The most notable for me would have to be its somewhat darker take on the lives of superheroes as well as the superhero genre in general, even while this is obviously a children’s film. Regardless Pixar made it work with more adult themes and comedy as opposed to just a fart-joke film.

Marvel Comes to Universal Mainstream

Iron Man (2008)

By 2008 superheros were already pretty much on the map in the film industry as the best audience attractions. Iron Man however brought a new feel to the genre in my opinion with surprisingly alot of humor and began what to this day, continues to be a well-organized film series. The most unique part in my opinion, is the fact that the Marvel Universe has a crossover formula into it where other superhero films intermingle with another, one of them obviously being Iron Man. As far as this installment goes however, it has yet to be surpassed by a better film in the series in my opinion. If any, The Avengers is the only other film on par with this one. Regardless, watch them all for your enjoyment. You can see Robert was pretty much born for the role of Iron Man just by this film alone.