Last week's Film Forum covered reviews of this week's box office champion, Batman Begins—including Todd Hertz's glowing review for Christianity Today Movies.

More Christian reviewers have lined up to praise it, making director Christopher Nolan's film one of the most highly praised films of 2005 so far.

Frequent Christianity Today Movies contributor Peter T. Chattaway (Canadian Christianity) says, "Batman Begins is easily the best of the summer blockbusters so far, and quite possibly the best movie ever made about the Dark Knight. … [It] brilliantly affirms the truth that justice is something more than mere vengeance, and that good and evil tug for control of the hearts of every person. This is the first Batman movie that just might encourage some genuine moral reflection. Let's hope the inevitable sequels can keep up the good work."

David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) says, "Some viewers may feel that the movie's overall tenor is too bleak. But portraying Batman as a tormented and tragic figure is true to the tone of creator Bob Kane's original vision. … What separates Batman from other superheroes—and what the movie conveys—is that his mystique taps into our fears and sense of helplessness. [Batman's] enduring appeal is that of a noble idea: that one man can make a difference and be a force for good in the world."

Josh Hurst (Reveal) is thrilled. "Nolan's first time in the Bat-chair is a movie so artfully crafted, a story so masterfully told that it's easy to forget that it's a comic book movie. Ten minutes into the film, one can't help but feel sorry for all those involved in the Burton and Schumacher films. … This is the work of a skilled, confident filmmaker who truly understands ...

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