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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…
I love batman. And i always loved the joker. Like one of my favorite characters. I like how he is scary, but not horror movie scary. And in this film, I loved how Heath Ledger played the Joker. The costume was aw some compared to other Jokers. He made Joker seem more crazy than he already was, like really psychotic.
The Dark Knight utilizes many interesting camera angles through out the course of the film, however I found that Christopher Nolan's use of the low angle shot was superb in this film. Typically the use of the low angle shots were whenever The Joker had just done a sinister deed and seemed in control of the situation. Of course, being the villain and main antagonist of this film, the viewer is usually in suspense whenever The Joker is successful in his dastardly deeds, as they usually involve something quite horrible.
A very famous scene that utilizes this is when The Joker's truck is flipped over by Batman using a cable that he attaches to the truck while he is on…
The Dark Knight is Ledger’s movie. It is a towering performance. From his menacing, pencil-packing greeting to Gotham’s Mob fraternity (one of the most economic and effective character introductions ever), to the threat and fire he conjures in exchanges with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s sexy, sophisticated brief and “The Bat-maaan”, to the Sophie’s choice surprises of the third act, he is pure, powerful, immense. A force of fucking nature. Informed by Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke and Jeph Loeb’s The Long Halloween, Ledger’s Joker is anarchy in a three-piece, a ruthless villain who cares for nothing, not even himself. His function, crafted in the hive mind of the Nolans and as Ledger plays him, is to cause chaos, to question everything, to…
This 2008 superhero film is directed, produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan and the second part of Nolan's ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’. The film stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman. Hans Zimmer returns to compose the iconic soundtrack.
With a crime mob taking control of the streets of Gotham City, Batman (Bale) and Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Oldman) wage war on the criminals as best they can with the help of DA Harvey Dent (Eckhart), a shining light in the darkness of the city. But with the appearance of a psychotic criminal genius known as the Joker (Ledger) who makes a deal with mob boss Sal Maroni (Eric Roberts) to kill Batman…
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Still a masterpiece - Heath Ledger's performance as the Joke is wonderful. The themes are deep and open to multiple interpretations. Is it a struggle between good and evil, the powerful and the powerless, or just a man vs. society? I like to believe it says more about our time in history - the impotence of our power in the face of insanity. In the end, Nolan tells a tale of redemption - the people of Gotham do not choose to kill others to save themselves. I'm not sure I believe the people of U.S. would make the same decision, but I hope they would.
Balls to the wall.
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