A strong action movie, a decent crime thriller and my personal favourite of the trilogy. This is probably the strongest origin story ever told on film, by genuinely justifying every action the character makes, and making it seem fresh and new. The first 30 minutes are wonderful, presenting beautiful cinematography and sets, and an interesting Bruce Wayne. Being a fan of the original Batman comics, I've always been disappointed with Bruce Wayne in film. This and the animated series were the only ones to capture the loneliness, dependence and denial that Bruce goes through. I understand that many were disappointed with the Batman part of Batman Begins, but really don't see the issue. Yes, there is a drop in quality when reaching the third act, but at least I can understand the logistics of what's going on, unlike the next two films. My personal favourite Batman villain is scarecrow, and I loved the way they worked the philosophy of fear into the plot. While Ras Al G'hul may not be as memorable, he is well portrayed by Liam Neeson, and his intentions genuinely make sense. This truly was the beginning of the new Batman.