It took us all weekend of nattering back and forth to finally figure out when and where to see Batman Begins. It was playing every half hour at the theater less than a mile from our house, but that theater doesn't have stadium seating. Finally we decided to drive into Dallas (MapQuest said it was a 29-minute drive, but we did it in 20) for the 10:40 PM show at the IMAX theater, thinking it would be a reasonable choice on a Sunday evening. We got there about an hour early, and were about 15th in line…ended up with center back row seats (no, no annoying vents making noise), and it was quite comfy. There were two children under the age of five in the theater though, and while they were well-behaved, especially considering the time and their ages, I still think this was a questionable choice of film for a child that young.
The movie itself? Quite enjoyable. Christian Bale rocks my world, Katie Holmes was bearable, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman are always good, and Rutger Hauer's appearance was nicely done. Gary Oldman as Gordon threw me for a bit, but then the popcorn hit my blood stream and I bought it. Liam Neeson…well, he has wonderful eyes, even if he isn't really cast well in this part. I didn't HATE him, but he could have done better.
The sets were really cool, and I'm glad I read the free 'zine they hand out at the theater so I knew what influences to look for. The script was full of wonderful quotable lines, and nice moments of humor to undercut the darkness just a little.
I'm half-disappointed that there are no previews on the IMAX cuts of major films, but otoh, they started it on time, at 10:40, and we left while the credits were still rolling, and it was 1:03 AM on the car clock when we got in.
Tired, but pleased.
(And you can all faint at me posting here directly, and not to the blog, but it doesn't FIT in the blog.)