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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.
The mother of all comic book man superhero sequels finds Batman battling a baddie that not only terrorizes Gotham City in every way you could imagine but haunts your ass with his mesmerizing performance that in my opinion is one of the greatest performances in cinematic history. The mask in his hand. Bootleg Point Break moment. Backstab. Colonel Sharp? Hello school bus. The makeup on his face. The voice you never forget. I prefer Gary Oldman as a baddie but Gordon is the shit. Batman uses a gun? Bat groupies? When Batman talks he sounds like he needs to shit but can't. Sir Michael Caine is a legend. Where did Katie Holmes go? Harvey Dent's hair. Courtroom shenanigans. Who would…
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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…
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This film is just astounding, My all time Favourite.
* The incredible direction of Christopher Nolan.
* The masterful cinematography by Wally Pfister.
* Heath Ledger's iconic and memorable performance, not many have captivated the screen as well as Heath Ledger. Totally immersed into his character, completely compelling. Along with brilliant performances from Caine, Bale, Oldman, Eckhart and Freeman.
* The brilliant score by Hans Zimmer adds another layer of excellence to this masterpiece which helps create a scene to be so much more.
* The Greatest Batman film? Yes. The greatest comic book film? yes. The Greatest film of all time? ye- okay lets not push it.
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…
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…
THE DARK KNIGHT is a thrillingly intense comic book blockbuster that features an awe-inspiring performance from the late Heath Ledger.
Everything bad about the first of the trilogy is fixed here. I haven't seen a movie in the comic book genre that exceeds the vision and execution of The Dark Knight. I suspect there isn't one.
Where do I begin? The Dark Knight is not only the best sequel, it's arguably the best comic book adaptation ever made. It picks up right where Batman Begins left off with the Joker's calling card in Jim Gordon's (Gary Oldman) evidence baggie. There's not much that I can say about this movie that has not been said over, and over, again. One thing I can say is, if you did not like this movie at all, then this definitely isn't the genre you should be experimenting with. I'm definitely no judge of tastes in film, because a couple of my guilty pleasures are the widely hated G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The…
Let's cut to the chase: Batman is a rich cop and Heath Ledger acts like Tom Waits. This movie is hilariously over-rated and pretentious. A big bore.
It's curious how time can change one's perception of what pleases in a movie and what does not. As with Batman Begins my opinion of The Dark Knight changed over the years and I have come to a point where I still very much like Christopher Nolan's second entry in his Dark Knight Trilogy, but don't love it as much as I used to. What has once been a favourite of mine is now just another great film I've seen.
Many elements still work marvelously well in TDK. Heath Ledger is fantastic as the Joker, delivering one of the definite takes on the famous villain, outshining Jack Nicholson in the process. There is…
Seared into your memory by Ledger's unforgettable performance (as well as a handful of magnetic showings from Caine, Freeman, Bale, Eckhart and Oldman) and Nolan's brilliant work behind the camera, The Dark Knight's title as one of the greatest - or perhaps the greatest - comic book movie ever is more than deserved; rarely is mainstream cinema more compelling.
Late Heath Ledger (R.I.P) showed there's still hope for finding legends among his generation
Sometimes I feel like I'm alone in this but I've always preferred Batman Begins over The Dark Knight. However, this doesn't mean that I don't think this an amazing and mostly brilliant motion picture because I do. Certainly this film has even more spectacular action sequences and a far more memorable villain with an eerily frightening and fascinating Heath Ledger as The Joker, but overall the first movie seems to me more compelling as far as pace, writing, and character development are concerned. One thing is certain, though, and it is that this film and its predecessor (I hated the third part) rank among the greatest superhero films ever made.
This could have been just a really good sequel to a fantastic movie but witha great heist scene to open the movie, the beautiful filmaking and an Oscar winning performance from Heath Ledger make the movie an awesome sequel.
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