I've never been a Batman fan. I know people like him because he doesn't have super powers. That's supposed to make him more normal, more believable, and more admirable, but to me, it just made Batman less than the other super heros. This movie was a Batman movie all the way through, and I loved it. This is easy; it gets a 5 out of 5.
Not A Comic Book Movie
Like a comic book, Batman Begins was character driven, but that's about all it had in common with a comic book. The story was intense, the action was dizzy-fying, and the story kept pulling you in. It was dirty and gritty. It wasn't a comic book movie; it was a full blown theatrical release.
Any good hero movie needs a good training sequence. Batman Begins took the traditional training sequence and weaved it into the plot. One of the best themes of the movie was how training turned Bruce Wayne into Batman. The training was full of great action, and it transitioned into a wonderful gear-up segment. Gear-up segments are almost as necessary as training sequences.
This movie was built around characters. Besides Batman, the other characters were terrific. Alfred played a big role as did Rachel. The bad guys were well done too. Scarecrow made perfect sense, and the actor playing him was spot on. Of course, Batman was Batman. He was larger than life, and despite not being a big Batman fan, I was rooting for him the whole way.
Forget Star Wars III, Batman Begins is the must see summer movie. The actors do a great job. The story is compelling, and the action is a lot of fun.
Note: I avoided comparing this movie to past Batman movies (including the Tim Burton films) because there was no comparison. Batman Begins is in a bat-league of its own.