RyanK nailed it. Man, this movie was AWESOME. It got a kind've-standing ovation in the theater where I saw it, and I've only seen that happen for Lord of the Rings, Schindler's List and Jurassic Park. Make sure you see it on the big screen so you can really get the full effect of the fights, effects and sounds, becuase this is a big-time action flick, and make sure you see it with a packed audience.
Christian Bale - man this guy can be ANGRY when he wants to be. I knew Batman was supposed to be vicious, ruthless and completely hardcore, but damn. Carries the flick. The supporting cast is perfect. Good guys, bad guys, everybody, just right. The plot, story, dialogue, Alfred, everything is great. Gotham looks awesome. It's even got a surprising amount of humor.
The best thing about it - it's a comic-book movie, yeah, but it's probably as close as you can get to a "real" movie while still being about superheros and evil plots. Sooo sweet, I'm already excited for Part II.