You come away impressed, oppressed, provoked, and beaten down, holding on to Ledger's squirrelly incandescence as a beacon in the darkness.
Great review, Ty. Thanks!
Jul 17 - 11:02 AM
Jul 17 - 01:22 PM
Ty Burr's reviews infuriate me. They have a brilliant appreciation of film making, an dthey can tell you if a film is entertaining or worthwhile, but only to a point.
As a critic, I can totally accept that he must try and criticize where necessary, and to applaud what works. But he invariably goes beyond the experience of the film.
"(I haven't seen the IMAX version, but I imagine it's overwhelming, and not in a good way.)"
You see what I mean? He is imagining the experience he didn't have to criticize what he did experience. It is the shots he takes within his parentheses that bother me. Gems like this one too:
"(Maggie Gyllenhaal, taking over from Katie Holmes and providing the character - at last - with a spine and a brain)."
He takes a shot at Katie Holmes comparing her protrayal of Rachel Dawes with Maggie's. Is it necessary? His memory of Batman Begins may be clouding his view of The Dark Knight. If he saw Batman Begins again, maybe he'd find that Katie Holmes' portrayal of Dawes wasn't spineless nor brainless.
Overall, I think I do trust to some degree the reviews of Ty Burr. He is, I think honest. That being said, his reviews come across as so entirely sanctimonious and acrimonious, that even a positive review sounds like a body slam by a champaign sipping elitist.
Sometimes I wonder if he even likes movies. This one, I get the sense that at least he sees TDK has some substance greater than its peers. So I know he is watching the same films I am.
Jul 29 - 12:55 PM