100 Discs of Christmas #36 – Batman Begins (2005)

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There was a time when you couldn’t even mention “Batman” without having to bare some idiot’s rendition of “na na na na na na na na na na na na”….And if it wasn’t that then you were left with little more than images in your mind of a camp crusader chasing down clowns and cats and penguins with a touch of goth or a ridiculous pair of tight wearing tits “kapowing” their way through a horde of heavies. But, in 2004, director Christopher Nolan changed that. Forever.

Through another of his typically fragmented narrative constructs, Nolan charts an orphaned Bruce Wayne’s (Christian Bale) physical and spiritual transformation from a disillusioned young man into the resolute and altruistic vigilante of Gotham City. Forget what you think you know about Batman. This is, in essence, a grounded film about a lost soul’s search for purpose, justice and the means to fight injustice. And the outcome? Absolutely majestic: a pulse-pounding, game-changing blockbuster with brains, heart and two solid sequels to spare.

Batman Begins (2005), directed by Christopher Nolan, is released on blu-ray disc and DVD in the UK by Warner Bros, Certificate 12. 

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