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Weekend and Batman Begins

Did a few errands Saturday. Tried to get a haircut, but the wait was over an hour, so that didn't happen.

Had tasty Indian at Mirch Masala, though it still wasn't as good as Maharajah. Still need to try the Decatur location, which I've heard from friends is better.

Spent most of the day with David's father for Father's Day. We saw Batman Begins, and then played some Texas Hold 'Em with the poker chips David's stepmother got his dad for the occasion. Appropriately, given the day, his father was the big winner.

I enjoyed Batman Begins quite a bit, and definitely plan to own it on DVD. I liked that they made it as realistic as possible in certain ways, with believable real-world materials and Batman getting banged up and injured.

I swear, Cillian Murphy (Dr. Crane) reminds me so much of James Spader. They both do this particular facial expression of arrogant disbelief that you're questioning them, as they are far too clever and pretty to be bothered with idiots like you :), and it's so uncannily similar that they could be brothers.

Gary Oldman was outstanding as Gordon. I was watching him, thinking, "Wow, whoever they've got playing Gordon is really talented . . ." then later: "Ohmygoshthat's GARY OLDMAN!"

I do think Katie Holmes gave the weakest performance. It's a two-fronted problem that involves both the script and the actress, in my opinion.
  1. She didn't have much to do. Unfortunately, the love interests in such movies rarely have much depth.
  2. The actress seemed to be completely phoning in the performance. By contrast, Kirsten Dunst brought some life to what could've been a completely cardboard role in Spider-Man. It wasn't her greatest role ever, but she did what she could with what she had to work with. In contrast, I really had the impression from Holmes' performance that she would've preferred to be somewhere else, but that her agent told her to do this one.

Bonus: They played the Serenity trailer before the movie! I cheered loudly. I was the only one cheering, however, so there must not have been any other Browncoats at that screening. :/

Gotta get back to work.


Jun. 20th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
Yup. Dunst really brought the MJ character to life. I was surprised as well. The scene where she's in the window watching him swing off, at the end of Spider-Man 2, was very wonderful. You felt like she was actually acting in that scene rather than just standing there.

Holmes character shouldnt have been a love interest. She would have played perfectly just as a childhood friend. Better than as a love interest. It would have been perfect.

I didn't like the way the cowl looked in Batman Begins. It was too "tall". And his eyes were too blue against it. Other than that, they did an excellent job of moving the comic to the screen. They captured a lot of things perfectly. Though I don't think Batman would have been so careless about somethings (lives of police chasing him) in the comics as he was in the movie.

Gary Oldman is the da man, isn't he? Nuff said. :)
Jun. 21st, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
That's a very good point about Holmes' character as a childhood friend, and leaving it at that. Would've worked better, I agree.

I agree he was a little careless, but I don't think it was any sort of deliberate lack of consideration, just that he'd bitten off a little more than he could chew. Going forward, he probably gets wiser and more practiced. In this movie, he was just new to the hero gig.
Jun. 21st, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
Hm. Looking at it like that, I'd have to agree.


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