Which movie is better, Batman Begins or The Dark Knight?
I'm looking for opinions here. I want to know what everyone thinks on the subject, so feel free to leave some comments. Kind of a pointless topic for a journal, but I've seen even more pointless ones, and I'm curious, and now with the Dark Knight on DVD, I'm sure alot of people will be watching it. So what better time to ask, am I right?
First off, I want to be very clear, The Dark Knight is awesome. It shows people without a doubt that a "comic book" or "superhero" movie can be a legitimate "Film." I loved it. And in know way am I bashing the Dark Knight. Having said that, I'm also going to say that Batman Begins is clearly the better of the two. That's right, I said it, Begins is better. And here's why...
Maggie Gyllenhaal, terrible. That's all that needs to be said, but what the hell, I'll say more. Her acting was horrible. Many people protest, saying Gyllenhaal's a better actress than Katie Holmes; but myself, only seeing each actress in their Batman roles can clearly say no. Holmes kicked her ass. Gyllanhaal's Rachel was unlikeable, unattractive, and a straight up bitch. And it's nothing to do with the writing, it's all Gyllenhaal, snarky and unappealing. Holmes may have been the weakest cast member from Batman Begins (but who can even blame her, Freeman, Oldman, Bale, Caine), but she never held the movie back. Gyllenhaal's Rachel brings the movie to a screeching halt, even taking you out of scenes at times. In multiple theatre showings I witnessed audience members applauding her demise, as did I. Why they cast her is far beyond me.
Dark Knight, not enough of it. Seriously. What action we did get was good, but sequels are known for having more action than their predecessors, Dark Knight did not. Could have used another two action sequences in my opinion.
No, I'm not going to complain about the villains, there Dark Knight takes the win. Sporting two of the best movie villains ever, this is what makes it a tough call between the two movies. Often praised for Heath Ledger's incredible Joker, The Dark Knight's real secret weapon is Aaron Eckhart's Harvey Dent/Two-Face. Like Ledger, he's friggin' incredible as the character. You couldn't have gotten better actors for these parts.
Ultimately Batman Begins invests you more emotionally, delivers more action and excitement, and has a female lead you can actually care about. Although Dark Knight has an incredible score, grand scope, and two of the baddest baddies I'm sure we'll ever see on the big screen (at least any time soon) it's just not enough in my opinion to beat out Batman Begins. Begins which in my opinion, is one of the best movies ever made, but that's another argument altogether.
Let me know what you think. Batman Begins, or Dark Knight? And for those of you that "know" the Dark Knight is better, give me valid reasons, I want to hear them. Let the hate mail begin.