A TOP TEN FILM!
A masterpiece? Quite possibly. If it was possible, this film surpassed the original, “Batman Begins”, a film which IMHO ticked every box for an excellent and near perfect movie, but on Friday night, the bar was positively raised.
Comic book blockbuster meets “Heat”, Chris Nolan has now delivered a very different yet progressive take on the same genre while almost reinventing it, in a way not dissimilar from James Cameron and T2. Clearly not afraid to explore the world of Batman, this was defiantly on of, if not the most thoughtful and intelligent Blockbuster to make its way out of Hollywood in years, though it does have to fight off competition from likes of Mission Impossible, Batman Begins, T2 & Heat.
In short though, it doesn’t really matter how you qualify it. This movie had a stellar cast, great music and wonderful direction from a director who has only had one dud in “Insomnia”, and many would disagree with that. Role on Batman 3…
A COMMENT ON THE BLU RAY EDITION
It has since come to my attention that the BLU RAY version has a varying aspect ratio, with the 35mm elements presented in 2.40:1 whilst the Imax elements are presented in 1.77:1. This is scandalous in my opinion and certainly damages the cinematic experience. Add the fact that the correct Imax aspect ratio should have been 1.44:1, what is the point?
The DVD edition has the full Imax scenes in the correct 1.44:1 ratio as a special feature, but the fact that they have been shoe-horned into the main feature regardless is ridiculous and until this changes, there will be no Hi Def edition of this film in my collection.
BLU RAY is supposed to offer MORE choice and the option of branching the Imax scenes into the main feature would have been nice but I don’t go to the cinema to get shown a film with a varying aspect ratio and I don’t expect it on DVD/BLU RAY either.