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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.
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…
There are times, even though they are few, when Hollywood gets everything right. When a movie blows you away to a degree where you can't help but kneel down and thank the heavens you're alive. This was one of those all-too-rare moments.
With its crisp dialogue, stunning action scenes and some of the best actors ever to grace the screen in our modern age, you got everything you need for a great evening rife with goosebumps, excitement and 100% pure entertainment.
That being said, it's my great pleasure to confirm that Christopher Nolan has done it again. As if Batman Begins wasn't enough to please our appetite, he has brought us yet another fantastic comic book adaptation. In fact, this…
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…
An AMAZING movie...the best of the action packed 2000s...and Heath Ledger's final great moments (RIP)
A lot of comparisons have been made to Michael Mann, in particular Heat. If you stripped Christian Bale of his S&M leather and dopey mask, he'd be a fine obsessive detective. Likewise for Ledger whose getup is a conflict of interest for a serious criminal. We're not talking super villains here. We're talking about super representations of political ideologies, with characters who hypocritically press these molds, i.e. the Joker wants total anarchy but he restricts freedom more than anyone. Also, much of TDK is intensely stylized, but only a handful of times do the pulp contrivances threaten to trounce the foundation of TDK, which for nearly 95% of its time, is an engaging social experiment. Nolan, however, is still no good when it comes to action scenes.
i guess this is compelling but whatever because again, fuck batman. B
A nice reminder that not all big-budgeted comic book fare has to be garbage.
What makes The Dark Knight such a game-changer is how seriously it takes its source material. No, I'm not talking about how "dark and gritty" it is. It trusts the source material, and it trusts its audience. To Nolan, comics aren't stupid kids stuff. He treats it like it's the most precious, high-caliber art out there. This perfectly crafted blend of high-octane entertainment and brilliant storytelling cements what Sam Raimi's Spiderman stated back in 2002: comic book culture is a huge part of American society, and it needs the respect it deserves.
So yeah I guess it's pretty good.
a fantastic film in every respect, definitely the best super hero film and probably even nolans best. i really don't need to say much about this one, it is as close to perfect as you can get, it is absolutely breathtaking. it looks so good but nolan is such a purist, he doesn't use cgi very much at all which makes this film looks superb (of course 2 face is cgi but i mean in terms of action scenes etc) you can't really talk about this film and not mention heath ledger, it is without doubt one of the best performances of all time, he just is the joker. rest in peace heath!!
Heath Ledger's superb acting, very solid cinematography, writing and action makes this an essential movie for any thriller/superhero fan/edgy teenager.
The film is exceptional. It is perhaps the best comic book hero film yet made. Heath Leger will forever be remembered for his performance as the Joker and every future actor in that role will inevitably be compared with him. And I find the other performances, the visual design and the music, all to be admirable as well.
Except for the film fans who simply dislike anything but completely realistic non-fiction, this is simply a must-see.
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