I’d like to talk about Christian Bale and his role in recent movies, such as Terminator Salvation and Public Enemies. I’d like to talk about how I’m getting tired of Christian Bale playing shouting assholes.
Honestly, it got annoying after Batman Begins. I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels this way. But he’s always playing a shouting asshole, and as a result, becoming second rate in a film where he has the starring role.
The best example for this is The Dark Knight. Shit, does anyone actually remember Batman from that movie? Because I have trouble recalling.
And it’s not that I completely forget he’s there- it’s that he becomes so insignificant that I don’t care that Christian Bale is there- shouting while wearing a bat suit. If I wanted to see Christian Bale shouting, I would watch his brilliant rendition of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho– where he shouts while he’s naked, covered in blood and holding a chainsaw- from way back when Christian Bale was enjoyable to watch on the big screen.
You see the same thing in Terminator Salvation. Who gives a shit about John Connor? Nobody gives a shit about John Connor! You want him to die at the end. Why? Because it’s a good way to go and oh the possibilities if the writers would just try… And because you don’t give a shit about John Connor anymore– Marcus Wright’s where it’s at.
Seriously, I couldn’t be the only one thinking it would be better if John Connor just died. Leaving Sam Worthington a spot in the next rumoured Terminator movie alongside Moon Awesome Name Bloodgood.
I mean, we had a brief reprieve in Public Enemies where he plays a silent asshole but that film is so horrifically bland that I just refuse to count it as any sort of difference in his acting. But to his credit, he is only an actor- I’ll lay the blame for Public Enemies on the directing and the screenplay. Ugh.
I don’t even know how he can redeem himself. Every time I imagine Christian Bale in a movie, he’s always shouting. He’s become permanently stereotyped in my head.
Currently, he seems to be working on some sort of boxer movie and a vengeful father of some sort in another Crime/Drama/Thriller. Also looking to be in the works are: another Batman movie, the previously mentioned Terminator movie and the m0vie adaptation of the book Killing Pablo, which details the capture of a Colombian drug lord. Much like Public Enemies, Bale seems to be playing the man responsible for catching the criminal.
My, what a surprise.