The Dark Knight ★★★★½

A dark, grounded, thought-provoking superhero crime drama, The Dark Knight is a truly sublime comic book film that goes places few films of its kind have ever gone beforehand, with gorgeous cinematography, terrific performances (the obvious standout being the late great Heath Ledger's absolutely mind-blowing turn as the villainous Joker), an outstanding musical score, intense and thrilling action sequences, strong storytelling and character development, and a sharp script that pays plenty of respect to the source material while still changing things up in order to keep it all fresh and unique as opposed to differentiating from what's being adapted merely for the sake of it.

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