Batman Begins is a very good summer movie, and a welcome departure from the previous four in the franchise (especially the last two -- damn you Schumacher). It is darker and grittier, reminiscent of the comic and the animated series of the mid-nineties (as opposed to the corny tv series of the 70's).
Begins is very smart, and well-written, which is rare when it comes to summer action blockbusters. Co-writer/director Christopher Nolan gets props for "righting the ship", and I hope this is the first of many Nolan sequels.
My only criticism with the movie was with the fighting scenes, which consisted of too many blurs, zooms, and quick cuts. We are spoiled by the likes of Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Perhaps they can hire him for a bat-sequel, but I guess they need to figure out how to make the bat-suit more flexible first.
Highly recommended **** out of 5