June 27, 2005

The Pause that Refreshes

My weekend, that is. Didn't really do anything of note beyond a short trip to Target and spending some time outdoors blowing bubbles and watching The Boy improvise Kung-Fu in an attempt to pop them while yelling, "Sock it to 'em! Sock it to 'em!" the entire time. No, I didn't teach him that. Guess he's just expressing the boy gene.

But I did see Batman Begins, and I really enjoyed it. Yes, it's a little slow to start, but it's necessary in order to make Batman more than a sociopath with a cape. I mean, if you're a billionaire who decides to dress up like a bat and fight crime, I'm not gonna begrudge you a little backstory.

And I think Christian Bale is great as both Bruce Wayne and Batman. His perfectly even, white teeth--they mesmerize! Seriously, he's not campy (George Clooney, anyone?), overly goth-broody (Why, Val Kilmer, did you ever do that movie?) or the wrong physique (Michael Keaton had the attitude right, but you just didn't buy that he'd be able to kick serious butt).

The fact that there was a decided lack of crazy costumes and scenery-chewing fests by "legendary Hollywood Actors" was a huge relief, as well.

In fact, the only thing that detracted from the film was Katie Holmes. Not her acting--she can do "limpid, tragic puppy-dog eyes" better than anyone out there. And her role was pretty much what you'd expect as a chick in a guy film. No, the problem I had with Katie Holmes was that every time she came onscreen all I could think about was Tomcruisejumpingonasofaohmygod! Scientologyohmygod! Hasshebeenbrainwashedohmygod! Somebody do an intervention, stat!!!! My disbelief at her real life completely swamped any attempt at suspending it, and thus jarred me out of the film every time I saw her. Fortunately, Christian and his beautiful dentistry more than compensated for that. And I'm serious. When he has on the bat costume and he's grimacing at bad guys, the contrast between teeth and mask is frankly somewhat hypnotic. I guess I'd better stop now before I go down the Berenice path, a la Poe.

But still. I have a greater appreciation than ever for Hollywood publicists. If they were able to keep all that crazy under wraps for that long--well, my hat's off to you, sirs and madames.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at June 27, 2005 08:04 AM

I agree with you regards to the Katie Holmes. Know everytime I hear her name all I can think about how dum Tom Cruise is acting. Grow-up, not grow-down.

Posted by: Tammy at June 27, 2005 09:26 PM

I enjoyed the movie too. Didn't think about Katie Holmes/Tom Cruise. Luckily for me, I'm usually able to ignore the personal lives of actors when watching movies. If I wasn't able to do that, I'd probably never be able to enjoy any movie that had recognizable actors. It seems like most actors are morons or narcissists (or both) and their mindless rantings or boorish behavior in real life could spoil a lot of movies.

Posted by: dhanson at June 28, 2005 10:02 AM

dhanson, you clearly don't frequent Sheila O'Malley's blog. www.sheilaomalley.com I didn't use to care about Tom and Katie but now I do.

Posted by: Laura at June 28, 2005 11:32 PM