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I went to the midnight showing here and I have to admit I was surprised at how much I loved this movie. Easily my favorite of any Batman film, including Burton's first.
The feel of this movie is simply much more realistic, less ridiculous, and certainly much more human. Even the most outlandish parts of the film (Scarecrow, some of the driving stunts) just came across as less cartoonish than similar elements in the earlier films. Neeson as Ra's Al Ghul was very understated, which I enjoyed, though I couldn't help observing similarities to speech he may have used as Qui-Gon.
The acting was fine across the board. My favorite character was Gordon. I loved how big his role was. Caine as Alfred was excellent also. Even Katie Holmes was great; she capably added a believable human element to the film, easily surpassing previous portrayals of similar roles played by Bassinger and Kidman.
The only parts during which I cringed were those featuring the little boy. These types of scenes normally pull me out of the story; almost like they're interruptions, but they actually played out well here, largely because they let other characters besides Batman get involved.
Lastly, the ending featuring the Joker's calling card was a great way to go out. We're set up for possible sequels or, if not, simply a (not so perfect) bridge to the later chronological films.