As we’re in the middle of 2005 I will say that Batman Begins is on the top of the list of Best Movies Watched in 2005.
Christian Bale is a convincing Batman/Bruce Wayne and he’s totally erased the nightmare that was Batman and Robin (Sorry George Clooney, I heart you but that movie should definately not be on your “highlight reel”).
The duality of him as the brooding Batman and happy-go-lucky Wayne is striking. Once he dons the mask and cape, Bruce Wayne ceases to exist.
The action is just right and there are moments of humor that lightens the tension of this far darker Batman movie. Michael Caine is brilliant as Alfred. Morgan Freeman has a small role as Lucius Fox, friend of the family, and inventor of the many cool things that Batman uses.
Like Pia, I love how Christopher Nolan has utilized the cape, which really makes Batman more frightening than he has in the past with all the swooping and diving.
Katie Holmes has her moments as Rachel Dawes, but please woman! Enough of the “Joey Potter” facial tics. I was distracted by her lop-sided grin.
That is just one detraction from the film and a minor one as that. I highly recommend Batman Begins. It’s one movie I wouldn’t mind watching again.