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The Dark Knight
Review written on: July 18th, 2008

The Dark Knight Review

I’ll preface my review with saying that everyone who visits this site frequently knows I have a severe man crush on Christian Bale, and would totally have a bromance with him, if he weren’t famous, or I was.

With that said, this movie is freaking awesome. I would use profanity here, but we try to keep this a family friendly site. The Dark Knight is, so far, the best movie I’ve seen this year, and is worthy of all the buzz that it’s been getting from elsewhere on the internet.

Heath Ledger is as good as they say he is. He’s creepy, scary, eerie, and down right fantastic in his role as the Joker. He comes across exactly as you’d expect someone playing the role to, demonic. From the very beginning of the movie, to the very last moment, you sense that everything about the Joker is, well, insane. And that’s exactly what you’re supposed to think.

Christian Bale, in my humble opinion, is the best Batman we’ve seen yet. And apparently the public agrees, the studios agree, and the producers agree. No other Batman actor has ever donned the cape in more than one flick, aside from the original, Michael Keaton. While the original Batman (1989’s version from Timothy Burton) still holds the record for highest grossing of the bunch, I have a feeling that will change with this film. I made a prediction on the site yesterday, that I thought the film would bring in $62.5 million in the opening weekend. Based on the number of people at the 10AM showing this morning (on a Friday, nonetheless), I think it will be substantially more than that.

While the movie clocks in at roughly two and a half hours, you don’t notice. There’s very few dull points in the movie, and very few parts that don’t command your attention. For a movie that isn’t a suspense thriller, there’s quite a few points where you’re on the edge of your seat, waiting to find out what happens next.

I’ve never been a big fan of Maggie Gyllenhaal, she’s certainly better than Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes. Honestly, it’d be hard to be worse than Katie was, in Batman Begins. Same with Aaron Eckhart, have never been a fan. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever gone out of my way to see a movie he was in, but he served his purpose well as Harvey Dent/Two Face.

The main cast shines, brilliantly. The movie’s a casting agent’s dream; Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, a bit part from William Fichtner – you can’t go wrong. There are no bad performances in the film. It’s unfortunate that Heath Ledger’s death occured. It’s also unfortunate that it brought focus on to his performance, and cast a shadow on the other actors in the movie. While Heath is indeed brilliant, the rest of the cast should also be mentioned in the realm of brilliance.

I was thinking to myself last night, while watching Batman Begins, that Christopher Nolan doesn’t make bad films. Given, I haven’t seen all of them, but those that I have, are amongst my favorite films of recent years. Together with his brother Jonathan, they’ve got a knack for writing excellent screenplays, and adapting them to the big screen. Though it should also be noted that it isn’t solely the writers, director and cast that make this movie what it is. The stuntmen (and women), special effects people, and marketing people should all be commended for their participation in the film. From almost a year ago, where we documented the scavenger hunt from Comic Con, to the promos, commercials, and other “games” that the marketing department came up with. They served every last ounce of their purpose, and have people flooding to the theater to see this film.

I’m absolutely taken aback at how amazing the movie was. To the point where the first thing I said at the end of the film was “Start it again.”, I’d sit through the two and a half hours again, in a heartbeat, even at $10 a pop for another ticket. The film is breathtakingly shot, extremely well written, and acted wonderfully. You can’t put together a better film than The Dark Knight turned out to be. There’s talk of an Oscar Nomination (and even a win) for the departed Heath Ledger, and I have no doubt that he’ll win it. The only thing that I want now, from the Batman series, is the third film from Nolan. I don’t want to wait another three years for it, though. I want it now. I have no doubt that the series will have justice done in the third film. (How’s that for a play on words?)

Bottom line; go see this film. Right now. Shut down your computer, and go. You won’t regret it, even if you don’t know who Batman is. You’ll absolutely love this movie.

 

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