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‘Hostiles’ Is a Compelling Tale of Friendship and Forgiveness

I love a good Western. I always have. And after watching No Country for Old Men my intrigue in fantastic Western flicks has grown. So, yesterday, I watched a film that was said to be an enjoyable movie last year and that was Hostiles. This movie stars Christian Bale in a gripping story about a retiring soldier named Joe who is faced with the final task as a soldier to escort a group of Indians to their home. At first, the prospect of escorting the Indians to their reservation was repugnant to him, especially considering that the Indians’ leader, Chief Yellow Hawk, had brutally killed his friends in the past. But after he reluctantly took the job (he had a greater incentive when he was threatened to be court-martialed) the movie’s story began.

Hostiles is very much a film about companionship and the power of forgiveness. Each major character had faced some sort of tragedy and had perceived notions of those around them because of those tragedies.

SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD!

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‘The Dark Knight’ Is Hands Down the Best Superhero Movie Ever Made

Have you ever seen a perfect movie? A movie so undeniably brilliant and spot on that the more you watch it the better it gets? A movie that’s so good that you kind of can’t believe it’s that incredible? The Dark Knight is that movie for me.

I don’t watch The Dark Knight often. But every so often I get the unshakable desire to see it. And so last night with that fervor upon me I decided to watch it.

For two hours and 32 minutes, I was sucked into the dark and demented world of Gotham where a man as horrifically twisted and brilliant as The Joker resides to wreak havoc on Gotham’s citizens for no reason other than pure amusement. And as the story slowly builds upon The Joker’s madness the movie gets better and better and better until one can only stare at the screen in appreciative awe.

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The Dark Knight is unlike any other superhero movie that’s been created. In fact, can we even say it’s a superhero movie? Batman isn’t exactly a hero, as the movie made clear. He’s just a man in a cynical world and sometimes the right choices mean you have to become the villain. Simple as that. But I guess that’s the reason why he’s a hero, right?

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Who’s Your Favorite Batman?

Batman is one of the coolest fictional characters to ever be conceived on the big screen. Before I knew Iron Man and Captain America and Wonder Woman I loved Batman. Batman was, and still is, one of the coolest superheroes ever created and these three gentlemen have played the iconic role the best.

The “Who’s the best Batman” debate can get a little heated and is a topic that will last for a long while between avid superhero fans and so I decided I wanted to make it the topic of this week’s segment of Who’s Your Favorite? Enjoy.

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Who Is the Best Batman: Michael Keaton or Christian Bale?

Yesterday I watched Batman Begins and it was a relief seeing a Batman that isn’t bulky and humongous like Ben Affleck’s version of the caped crusader. I’ve gotten used to the new Batman because I frankly had to. Ben Affleck isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So, seeing Christian Bale’s impeccable portrayal of the Dark Knight was absolutely wonderful.

It was also nice watching a DC movie that was actually epic. Christopher Nolan is already a fantastic movie maker and what he did to Batman was legendary (see what I did there?) He made Batman a complicated hero with a dark side. That’s something you don’t really see in heroes throughout Marvel and DC films. It made the movies he created that much more complex and enjoyable. And at the head of these remarkable films is, of course, Christian Bale.

Christian Bale’s Batman was the first live-action Batman I had ever seen and to a lot of people he is the greatest version of the black-clad warrior but is that true?

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One of the reasons why he was such a great Batman is mainly because the concept artists for Christopher Nolan’s movies were so much better than the old Batman concept artists from the 80s’. His suit was sleeker, more fascinating, and it made him look like the most epic ninja ever. And Christian Bale definitely helped contribute to making that suit look great. I mean if Ben Affleck was wearing the same outfit it wouldn’t look the same at all, that’s for sure.

But could Michael Keaton have pulled off the Christopher Nolan version of the Dark Knight? Of course he could have, and that’s why this topic is always so hard for me to decipher.

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When I watched Batman from 1989 I was expecting Michael Keaton’s Batman to be super wack and instead he was rather epic in both Batman and Batman Returns. I enjoyed him so much as Batman in fact that I was stunned when I found out he didn’t make a third movie. He was incredible throughout the two sub par Batman movies and I was utterly astonished.

He frankly created the idea of what an epic Batman is supposed to be like. No one has shirked away from his stern, ninja style version of the iconic superhero. It has only been elevated due to Christopher Nolan’s movies.

To tell you the truth though, while Christian Bale did a fabulous job portraying Batman in such an incredible fashion if Michael Keaton had done the same three movies I’m pretty sure I would’ve preferred him as the caped crusader instead of Christian Bale.

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I mean look at this suit. It’s so not cool and yet he exuded such epicness I looked right past it. Michael Keaton gave the model of what Batman is supposed to be like and it’s still the model that is used to this day.

I guess I’m saying I like Michael Keaton more. Now are his movies better? Of course not because Christopher Nolan is a genius filmmaker but in terms of who’s a better Batman Michael Keaton definitely wins.

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