Posted on 1/03/10 08:28 PM
The Dark Knight was certainly a picture that rose above the hype generated by Heath Ledger, but not by much.
Set in Gotham City, the depraved Joker sets booby traps, tricks, and ticking time bombs that you never see coming. When dealing with the Joker, The Dark Knight shines gloriously. However, when Heath takes the backstage, the thrill fades off into the distance until he returns with more booby-traps.
Christian Bale was...average. He did nothing that really expressed Batman as a man caught between careless capitalistic expidentures, depression, twisted love, and heroism. I only saw Christian Bale parade through the movie grunting in his Batman get-up, waiting for the paycheck.
Aaron Eckhart was solid. He brought the drama to the table and did so in exquisite style. Nolan and Eckhart worked wonders with Two-Faces character and demeanor and his coin? Truly scuryy. The only problem I had was that the CG work for his face was horrid. It could have been more disgusting, wicked cool, and bastardized. Instead his eyeball poked out at the audience jeering a chain reaction of epic laughter.
Gary Oldman was excellent, but I question his role as Gordon. No doubt he pulls it off, but I feel it would be better left to a different actor (Laurence Fishburne, Tom Hanks, or someone of that magnitude). Morgan Freeman was forgettable as the mayor, but acceptable.
Last but not least is Maggie Gyllenhall. In so many words, she tarnished the picture. She's not a bad-looking woman, but when picturing Batman's crush, you'd picture a more attractive woman (like Katie Holmes for instance). Maggie's acting was solid, but her looks sort of confused me (wait, they are giving their lives for that?). Anyways, it didn't hurt the movie horribly, but it left a little fleshwound that I cannot stop nitpicking at. It's annoying.
Overall? 7/10. The movie is good, hell it's great a lot of the time, but Bale's dismal acting, lack of Joker, and a few errors in taste led to a tarnished review.