The Dark Knight ★★★★★

A masterpiece through and through. 

In my opinion, the greatest superhero movies aren’t the ones in which the titular hero saves the day, but rather when they lose everything. This is one of those films. Nothing comes easy to Batman. He loses time and time again in this film, and yet, his drive to make the world better is what keeps him going. I find that to be the pinnacle of what makes a character compelling. 

This movie is more of a crime film than anything else. It feels like a Michael Mann movie in all the best ways. Each character is incredibly well written. It’s like beating a dead horse at this point to say this, but Heath Ledger’s performance belongs in the record books as one of the all time greats. The action and editing are far improved from its predecessor, the score is incredibly emotional, and the morally complex story is exceptionally gripping. 

It’s one of the greatest movies ever made, plain and simple.