John Steinbeck's painful biblical allegory -- Genesis replayed in Monterey, California, circa 1917 -- is more palatable on the screen, thanks to the down-to-earth performances of James Dean as Cal/Cain and Richard Davalos as Aron/Abel.
It pretends to be a psychological-political melodrama but plays like the work of a dilettante; that is, the work of someone who wants to make movies, has the means to make them, but doesn't, as yet, know what he wants to make them about.
This entry examines Bruce Wayne and why he is Batman. The constant flashback scenes were the first in the series until Batman Begins came out in 2005. I know most people will say The Dark Knight (2008) is the best film but this one has got to get some consideration. It contains a serious tone not found in Batman Forever (1995) or the campy Batman & Robin (1997). I buy this product for everyone that I know is interested in this sort of genre.