Rewatched Jul 20, 2012
Zac Rosengarten’s review:
After watching this, it's hard to stick to my previous declaration of Begins being near the same level as this film, but the two are vastly different films.
While Begins offers a smaller, seemingly more straight-forward superhero movie tale, Dark Knight goes all out in cementing Nolan's legacy. In TDK, Nolan crafts a structured narrative, that only true immortals, such as Twain, Faulkner, and Kubrick could. Every nuisance is constructed in such a way to fit Nolan's grand vision. Every actor puts their complete trust with him. Every set designer, sound technician, boom mike operator, everyone involved is just bearing witness to this man's genius. Oddly enough, this isn't even Nolan's best effort.
With the incredible Heath Ledger's horrible, untimely death, Nolan and Co. would undoubtedly have to alter there original, grand vision. However, after viewing Batman Begins, I have the utmost certainty that they will end this series on a remarkable stroke, connecting all three films. It does somewhat call into question whether or not they intended to rely on the connectivity to the original picture, but this is the smartest move they could
Fans may not receive exactly what they had in mind, but Nolan will deliver the film that connects not only a mega-franchise in one fell swoop, but also a film that connects with our current plight.
In Nolan We Trust.