Batman Begins : 4 of 5
I was pretty excited about this film from the moment I heard they were making it, since the previous series of Batman movies had tanked so terribly (thanks a lot, Jim Carrey). I think Christian Bale is an excellent choice, since he wears the billionaire role well (just like his suit-wearing killer in American Psycho), and he looks pretty natural in the Batman costume, too. When I first saw pictures of the Batmobile, I was worried, though - all of the sleek styling was gone! But after seeing it in action, I think the tank-style vehicle is pretty believable. That's what really sets this movie apart from the other Batman tales - it's the first story that all seems believable, or at least it's presented in such a non-camp way that everything is taken seriously (except for a few well-paced one-liners). I can definitely say that it's the best Batman movie ever! Still, there are a few flaws. Even though Katie Holmes is nice to look at, her character is completely invented for the movie (though the other characters, even minor ones, all have comic book roots). I also thought the editing was a little too MTV (quick cut city) - it's a fine style for action scenes, but they keep up the crazy pace even during slower dialogue moments. But overall, there may never be a better Batman presentation, so get to the theater and enjoy!