Batman Begins

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

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Smart and entertaining, but also very violent.

PG-13 2005 141 minutes

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Based on 64 reviews

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Based on 238 reviews

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Looking at Batman Begins using the Seven Media Keys

I found this review on PluggedIn by Bob Smithouser. This review was very good. It does an excellent job of looking at the movie from all angles seeing both positive and negative elements. In this way it had good balance. The review explained the reasons viewers may want to be cautious especially with younger audiences (attitude awareness). It talks about how Batman respects the dignity of the human person in the way that he protects Gotham City no matter how evil it may seem. Smithouser explains how Batman takes a somewhat Christian attitude in how he wants to give the people of Gotham a chance for redemption. Smithouser's review was truthful and honest and he continually sheds light on different aspects of the film: "More than just informative, this new film is smart and subtly self-aware" (Smithouser). I like how the review explains how the movie portrays Batman in a way that we can easily connect to Batman and his human faults and desires. It points out how Batman inspires people to a higher ideal. Throughout the review, Bob Smithouser continually goes back to making the point of how skillfully developed the film is. And I would say that his review is skillfully developed as well. "The screenwriters weren't lazy" he explains. Finally, Smithouser quotes Nolan (the director of the film), "...to me, that makes Batman an extraordinarily relevant figure in today’s world.” He explains how the entire film is motivated and relevant to experience. It is easy for the audience to connect with the moral and social problems of Gotham City placed in the film. Although the seven media keys aren't blatantly spoken of in this review, if one looks for them, they are easy to find.

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