(Sorry these are so short. Not much time on the computer these days.)
The thrilling beginning of the Batman franchise, headed by the brilliant Christopher Nolan. Starring Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine.
Obviously a must-see for any superhero fans. Batman Begins is an origin story, an action-drama, and an exalter of fear and justice.
Certainly along the darker vein of epic tales, Batman Begins concerns itself with the beginnings of Bruce Wayne and his rise into the unforgettable being of Batman and his quest to bring justice to the villains of his city Gotham.
A fantastic film, one I think is much more than "entertainment." It's serious and thought-provoking and shows the world from several different points of view. Throughout, there are different images, characters, and occurrences that are the result of magnified fear, which certainly make this a more somber and chilling superhero picture than, say, the Avengers.
All the same, it is a classic and well worth a re-watch or two. But lighthearted chick-flick this is not.
Star Trek (2009)
I'm not sure I can adequately praise J.J. Abrams and his ability to make me fall in love with a story I had no interest in previously. Before this film, I had few brushes with Star Trek- some reruns on TV, which we never finished watching. I had the series written off, in my mind, as an old, dusty, and quite cheesy piece of production.
However, multiple viewings of the trailer of Star Trek: Into Darkness in the theater convinced me it was worth a shot. And in order to see the second film, I had to see the first.
This 'modern' Star Trek is thrilling, beautiful, and brilliant in every way. From casting to cinematography to effects to score, I am rendered utterly speechless with admiration. It's a quite tangible and very believable presentation on Trek, and one that reminded me again why I love science fiction.
If you're looking for a space epic, fraught with humor, intelligence, fantastic characters and a brisk pace, look no further than Star Trek.
As for "cleanliness," there is quite a spattering of language, a bit of smooching and one scene that deserves to be skipped.
(Just ask a friend who's seen it before where to edit.)
That aside, Star Trek is, and will remain, one of my favorite movies.
And no, this doesn't mean I renounce my love of Star Wars. There is room for both in my heart. ;)
What do you think? Give us your take on these movies if you've seen them.