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The Dark Knight
Why So Serious?
Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'll admit, I'm not gonna lie. I was REALLY scared to revisit this again. This really got me into film. It's not the film that started my love for film, but it's the first film that made me say "I wanna go into the film industry" so it's really close to me. I've seen this countless times but I noticed that for many people, it does'nt hold up well today so I was really scared to revisit it. Thankfully, I still love it as much as I did the first time I saw it years ago.
Christian Bale does another great job as Batman/Bruce Wayne. I also don't mind his voice here. It's a lot more gravaly and exaggerated than…
The Dark Knight has the distinction of being the only superhero film I have ever awarded a 5 star rating to. Typically, I think it is hard to create something worthy of a score that represents perfection inside a genre that thrives off of being silly and fun, but The Dark Knight is a dark, gritty, crime drama masterpiece.
I couldn't believe when I was hearing and reading people who felt Heath Ledger only won an Academy Award for this film because he had passed away, which is a ridiculous and unfair assessment. The man won the award because he gave an iconic performance, every word, mannerism, expression, and lick of the lips was perfection. His version of the Joker…
I don't, I don't want to kill you! What would I do without you? Go back to ripping off mob dealers? No, no, NO! No. You... you... complete me.
The Dark Knight is not my favorite film based on a comic book, but that probably has more to do with my preferences in comic books then it does film. It is however head above shoulders my favorite Batman film. It's not because it's a great film (which it is) but because it is by far the best depiction of the Batman comic book character ever put to film. I would seriously question any "comic book expert" that tells you otherwise.
Batman made his debut in a comic book…
Batman Begins review is here.
The Dark Knight is a film that I like a little less with each new viewing. That is not to say it is not consistently entertaining with some exhilarating set pieces but the issues with the story become more pronounced over time. It is a film on an epic scale. Everything about it feels big and important but along the way this scale has dwarfed the characters. No longer is this a story about Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, in fact he ends up along for the ride through most of this film, but about the city as a whole and it makes it an emotionally flat experience. This is perhaps surprising given it…
You guys, I don't know if you've heard of this film around these parts, but it's based on a comic book and it's pretty awesome.
A real hidden gem.
The Dark Knight has been hailed as the greatest superhero film by many critics and fans alike. But why? The performance by Heath Ledger as The Joker? That the stakes are higher than ever for Bruce Wayne, with not only his most famous enemy brought to the spotlight, but a good friend, and noble man has turned into a bitter cynical madman? Both are correct and more.
The Dark Knight is what every modern superhero movie, past and present, have tried to do. Everybody wants to make the new dark edgy superhero flick, and many have failed.
You have a wonderful cast in Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart, and a powerhouse director in Christopher Nolan (Memento,…
It’s truly a site and a marvel when you witness something as incredible as The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight is a dark, richly textured adventure that reeks of drama and suspense. With 2005’s Batman Begins we were treated to a reincarnation of one of pop culture’s most celebrated comic book heroes. The transformation that writer/director Christopher Nolan (Memento) and actor Christian Bale (Rescue Dawn, Empire of the Sun) presented to us was that of Bruce Wayne, a conflicted male with a dark past and an even darker future. Wayne’s trials and tribulations resulted in his creation of the Batman, a vigilante hell-bent on redirecting his hurt and anger upon the scum & villainy of Gotham City. Batman Begins is a…
“Batman” isn’t a comic book anymore. Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” is a haunted film that leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy. It creates characters we come to care about. That’s because of the performances, because of the direction, because of the writing, and because of the superlative technical quality of the entire production. This film, and to a lesser degree “Iron Man,” redefine the possibilities of the “comic-book movie.”
“The Dark Knight” is not a simplistic tale of good and evil. Batman is good, yes, The Joker is evil, yes. But Batman poses a more complex puzzle than usual: The citizens of Gotham City are in an uproar, calling him a vigilante and blaming him for…
die a hero or let yourself live long enough to become a villain
Here we are. The superhero film I had been waiting for my entire life. The Dark Knight is a near perfect action film that focuses on characterization and the philosophical applications of chaos, the ambiguities of good and evil, and pure chance. The film lives and breathes as a modern day tragedy. While most superhero films put all of their trust in mindless action (don’t worry it’s here too) and trite one-liners, Nolan takes us through a study of morality and a villain who espouses nihilism to point out the pseudo-organized structure of the world. Heath Ledger personifies pure anarchist evil in a chilling performance as the Joker. Christopher Nolan is working on all cylinders with The Dark Knight.
For all the tech, gadgets, strong fight scenes and supporting performances; (I include batman as a support as he jumps in and out) the film is made by heath ledgers utterly mesmorizing performance as the manic joker. Its as close to a perfect performance as i think you can get for a villain in a blockbuster. For me, the magic trick, the hospital walk away, the in jail scenes and the final conclusion are awesome.
“Why so serious?” That line is already iconic as is Heath Ledger’s incredible portrayal of the Joker–the best performance in any Nolan movie. When he came out with Batman Begins, Nolan had already changed the way superhero movies are seen, but with The Dark Knight, comic-book movies gained a sort of credibility it never had. This was a blockbuster that was not only a great action flick, but a compelling crime drama too. There are high-speed pursuits and explosions as well as an emotional core with dramatic heft and philosophical ideas. Some have picked apart the action sequences saying they are clunky and everyone likes to make fun of Christian Bale’s gravelly voice, but that stuff doesn’t dent the film…
The only Batman film that I've seen before is Batman Returns (1992). It bored me. Thus, I never wanted to see Batman again. But lately, I've heard some talk about The Dark Knight being the greatest superhero movie ever. And one friend disagrees vehemently. Which side should I take? Well, Batman is not a hero; he's a dark knight, for crying out loud. Still, it's a great film. The brooding cinematography and the suspenseful editing was at par with the high tension of wondering whether or not good people can turn themselves inside out and become a big joke.
The Joker VS Batman, but actually its a story about Gotham City.
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