Posted on 6/26/10 09:56 PM
Plot holes and mediocre performances abound in this fanboyz wet dream.
Rather than rehash all of the numerous problems I had with this movie, let me focus on the most glaring...
Nolan's goal for the end of the film was obviously to have Batman set up as being opposed by the law for the next installment. This goal might have been a worthwhile one...the problem I have is the utterly lazy writing and direction which determined how this goal was reached.
At the end of this film, there are a grand total of two people who have any idea that Batman was even present for Dent's death...much less responsible. How simple would it have been for those two to simply enter a conspiracy of silence over the details...allowing the natural assumption that Joker must have been behind it to surface and prosper?
As it is, those two do enter a conspiracy of lies...a lie that allows people to believe Dent was innocent and murdered by Batman! I fail to see how this benefits anyone.
Was this film the worst ever? Of course not, but seeing it lauded as a miracle of cinema...despite numerous examples of lazy writing (this example being the most glaring) is a travesty when there are so many more deserving films around.
My second MAJOR problem with the attention the film has received has been over Ledger's performance. I realize how unpopular this stance will be, but I stand by it 110%. The Joker was easily one of the most simplistic and one dimensional roles I've ever seen, and what Ledger did with it could easily have been done by literally anyone capable of reading the script. Cocking his head and licking his lips did not make him even remotely scary...in fact I found it hard not to laugh at how over the top he played the whole thing...I found it impossible to take him seriously.
While my opinion of Ledger is just that, and therefore open to disagreement, I have yet to find a single fan of the movie capable of answering my first charge. Without Nolan's name and the franchise's devoted following, I don't think the community would be so quick to dismiss the glaringly lazy way this film ended.