The Dark Knight Reviews
Batman Begins brought new life into the Batman film series. It put a serious and dramatic spin from the original series. The Dark Knight had a lot of hype. The only question was if it was going to live up to it. And it does. No question.
The Dark Knight picks up about a year or two after Batman Begins. Crime has dropped drastically. Batman patrols the night, forcing the mob to meet in the day. Christian Bale and Gary Oldman take over their previous roles as Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Lt. James Gordon. Their partnership is making Gotham City an easier place. However a new team member is coming into play: District Attorney Harvey Dent.
This team is up to stop the mob as best as they can. But even this seemingly unstoppable team isn't ready for what's next: The Joker.
The Joker is an unpredictable, mentally unstable character who is out to cause chaos as much as he can. And he is just AWESOME. The actor, Heath Ledger, puts on a monumental performance. He plays an amazing villain and is a huge part of what makes The Dark Knight so enjoyable.
Heath Ledger isn't the only actor that has a standout performance. Christian Bale's Batman is a flawed yet fascinating character. He faces many hardships throughout the film and his story stirs up emotions on almost every level. My only problem is his voice when he plays Batman. In the first Nolan outing, his voice was actually pretty badass. But now, it's become a raspy whisper. It annoyed me. Just keep your mouth shut and kick some ass. Aaron Eckhart's Harvey Dent also faces much tragedy, and Eckhart puts on a great performance for the eventual Two-Face.
This isn't your average superhero movie. There is no superhero saves the world, everyone is happy. There is so much more that hidden in this deep, emotional film. Christopher Nolan takes an interesting comic book character and makes an action-packed, dramatic, thrilling, and overall terrific motion picture. This isn't just a great superhero movie, but a great film in general. I absolutely loved this movie and it is definitely the best picture I have ever seen. 10 out of 10 AMAZING
With all that said, as I mentioned before, there IS some magic littered throughout the film. There are some very interesting concepts concerning morality and sacrifice that we've never really seen in a comic book movie before The Dark Knight. There's a level of realism in The Dark Knight that has to be appreciated. Also, some of the film's twists and turns are particularly clever when you look at the overall simplicity of the plot. Though Christopher Nolan doesn't really know how to shoot a fight sequence very well at all, many of the action sequences most certainly deliver in the thrills department. Even furthermore, while I still feel that Heath Ledger was by no means the perfect choice for the Joker, he definitely turns in an incredible, believable, and career-defining performance. The Joker steals most every scene he's in, and some of his segments are genuinely chilling. [ Side note: Heath Ledger was not a better Joker than Jack Nicholson. Jack Nicholson was not a better Joker than Heath Ledger. Both actors approached the role in a different way, and both have ways in which they are superior over the other. For example: I would've LOVED to see more twisted humor in The Dark Knight. Jack Nicholson was creepy AND hilarious. I felt like the Joker in The Dark Knight should've been cackling at his own evil deeds a little bit more. You can't beat some of Jack's one-liners and kooky behavior in Tim Burton's Batman. ]
The Dark Knight is quite an accomplishment. It's hard-hitting, it's immersive ( though laggy at some points ), and often quite thought-provoking. However, it's not a film without flaws. A film this ambitious that aspires to be more than the average super-hero action film should be looked at with the same level of scrutiny as any other drama. It's definitely easy to recommend, but don't be sucked in to the hype! 3 stars.