I saw Batman Begins this weekend. It is an incredible comic book movie!
I have been waiting for this movie for a couple of years, since I heard Christoper Nolan was set to direct. Nolan, whose past films include Insomnia with Al Pacino and the incredibly 'noir-ish' Memento starring Guy Pearce is headed for greatness! Dare I say he is a storyteller on par with the greats like Kurosawa, Ford, and Hitchcock?
The movie chose to do an origin and crimefighting story combined. It is over two hours so there was enough time to develop the story. Thanks to some good directing, the film does not lag. Nolan in his usual style, chooses to tell large parts of the story in flashback. It is not hard to follow the flashbacks and fits well with the character being influenced by his past.
This film is more about the character of the Batman rather than an 'out and out' action film. There is enough fighting, driving and gadgets to satisfy the aficionado of the comic.
I will not go too far into the story and let any spoilers slip. I will say that Gotham is in peril from corrupt politicans and those who think the city's time has come to an end. Bruce Wayne/Batman is a man whose family name and fortune stems from what made Gotham great. He is not going to stand by and let it be destroyed....