So tonight we watched Batman Begins, a very solid film that has definitely held up very well through the last 6 years. It's a great origin superhero film, with two great villains. Seriously, Scarecrow is so underrated, and, unfortunately, underused (with an unfortunately Boba Fett-like exit...) I always liked the film from the first time I saw it, but my feelings about it have definitely warmed over the years so that it's become one of my favorite superhero films. But one aspect of my opinion has remained unchanged from my initial viewing: how much I hate the character, Rachel Dawes.
Almost every word out of this self-righteous bayntch's mouth (save for when the character was a child..) is condescending and unfeeling. And you think, "well, let's give her the benefit of the doubt...she isn't omniscient like the audience is. She doesn't know he's Batman. I'm sure if she did she'd realize all the good he's doing and what a catch he really is...how much he really does care." and then...he reveals himself and you expect her to have a smile on her face like "yes! I knew he had it in him" or SOMETHING. But instead she just has this blank look on her face. Okay well, she's just shocked, you can't blame her right? I'm sure it will all be resolved in the end.
AND THEN.....THIS EXCHANGE IN THE FINAL SCENE:
Bruce Wayne: Rachel I'm sorry I didn't tell you about...
Rachel Dawes: No I'm sorry, the day Chill died I said some terrible things [Okay...she's finally apologizing...this is good..]
Bruce Wayne: But true things [And is instantly absolved for anything she's done wrong...great] I was a coward with a gun, justice is about more than revenge so thank you [And she gets THANKED on top of it??]
Rachel Dawes: I never stopped thinking about you. About us. And when I heard you were back, I-I started to hope.
[Rachel kisses Bruce] SHE INITIATES IT!!! ONLY TO SAY THE FOLLOWING:
Rachel Dawes: But then I found out about your mask.
Bruce Wayne: Batman's just a symbol, Rachel.
Rachel Dawes: [Rachel touches Bruce's face] No, *this* is your mask. Your real face is the one that criminals now fear. The man I loved - the man who vanished - he never came back at all. But maybe he's still out there, somewhere. Maybe some day, when Gotham no longer needs Batman, I'll see him again. [WTF!!! You selfish bayntch! So what you're saying is he was too selfish and not good enough for you as Bruce Wayne, but even as Batman, a hero risking everything for everyone in his city, he's still not a man you could love... he's not GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU??? So what, you loved a childhood fantasy then? WTF is your problem? And you HAD to kiss him before this, only to tell him that you didn't want him? What is your logic here?]
Yep. I have strong feelings about this detestable character. Add to the fact that she's unconvincingly played by Katie Holmes. Not the love interest part....but the professional Assistant to the D.A. part. And in the sequel with a switch of actress to Maggie Gyllenhaal she's not any more likable. Though she becomes more believable in the professional aspect, she is less believable in the love interest one....and again, all the while is just so smug that you can't help but wonder why Bruce even bothers. And SPOILER ALERT, I couldn't be happier when the Joker offed her. Thanks for that!
It leads me to ponder other really annoying characters in movies or television that I just can't handle. My favorite love to hate would probably be Lana Lang who was basically everything Rachel Dawes was....but for much more screen time...and with a lot more negative effects on the hero. I've also mentioned my hatred for Clara Clayton in BTTF 3 in a previous blog, but she's worth noting again. Michael Scott became unbearable in The Office. I was never crazy about Kitty in Arrested Development. And of course....there's Jar Jar who is probably the king of all....but I tend to lay off the Star Wars bashing :) That's all I can think of at the moment, but who are some of your least favorite characters in any medium, that almost derail from your enjoyment of an otherwise good thing?