The Dark Knight Reviews
The thing about this movie was that it had some truly great lines and great scenes but an presented with an overall image of some kind of Frankenstein's monster. As if the best scenes had been pilfered from several different movies and strung together with great expectations and a hope for something wonderful only to come away with something ugly. I'm not sure if anyone else will agree with me, or even see what i'm talking about... But this wasn't batman. This was an unfortunate shade.
citizen Kane, raging bull and 2001: a space odyssey and the forth
greatest film of all time. I think anyone with any understanding of film can see this is completely crazy. I don't hate this movie and I quite enjoyed it but it's very far from being any kind of masterpiece.
When destructing Christopher Nolan's movie's I like to use David Fincher's terminology; Fincher theory is that there are films then there are movies. A film is using cinema as art and not just entertainment, such as; the godfather, mirror, There will be blood. A movie would be something of a guilty pleasure: the game, the raid, the dark knight.
So then why is it the dark knight is so popular? Nolan separates his movies from the average blockbuster by giving them a sense of realism and reliability. The most obvious example of this is his very limited use of CGI and use of practical effects. At a time when CGI is common use in most blockbusters as it is cheaper and easier; you can see how audiences can be awed by this.
Probably the thing that most separates his movies; is how he chooses to
make the viewer feel empowered. Where most Batman and superhero
villains have been cliché and even cheesy; In the dark knight (and the
other dark knight movies) the villains feel a lot more like modern day
terrorists then the average comic book villain. Post 911 you can
imagine the impact this can have on people and the realism it gives.
Though in Nolan's determination to make the viewer feel empowered he
sacrifices making the dark knight anything more then a movie; he makes everything extremely obvious and doesn't leave anything for the viewer to work out for themselves.
At times it can even be patronizing. During the part of the
movie where people are being killed until batman takes off his mask; he
is constantly being blamed by everyone, even one of the officers does so. I think this is a testament to how much Nolan trusts he's audience and how painstakingly obvious he thinks he has to make everything to get a point across.
Even within expectations of it being a Nolan super hero movie, the dark knight still has faults. The main one being how anti climatic the ending of the movie was, I was expecting some kind of big send off for the joker but instead his send off was brief and unsatisfying. There's also the many the plot holes but I don't have anything new to say on that.
In short Nolan offers somewhat charming comic book movie, that has all his usual traits; good and bad. And despite it's charm, at it's core it's a rather one dimensional Hollywood blockbuster; with the popcorn audience as it's target demographic. It may be the "greatest super hero movie of all time" but that doesn't mean a lot.