The Saddest part of watching this movie is knowing that the only reason they kept the Joker alive in this movie was so that Heath Ledger could come back in the next one and stun audiances a second time.
This movie happens to be one of the best movies ever made. This movie's cast is the perfect choice. Christan Bale comes back from Batman Begins (also directed by Christopher Nolen) to star as the one and only Batman in the next Batman movie.
In this movie, the Joker is back and crazier than ever. Heath Ledger does a masterful portrayal of the Joker. He isn't as flamboyant as Jack Nicholson in Batman but he has this erie vibe around him, you think how could someone be so calm and so destructive and crazy all at the same time. During the whole movie your sitting there thinking what is the Joker going to do next, what did he set up that's going to go off with a bang. One of my favorite scenes is when Heath is in a nurses outfit skipping out of the hospital with a button that blows up the entire building and he hits it and the hospital doesn't blow up so he begins to smash it as fast as he can. And then when it starts going he starts to skip off again. It's really funny so if you haven't already seen the movie look for it when you see it. Rapping up my description of the Joker I am going to make a point that my brother made over and over when we first saw the movie, Heath Ledger got the Joker's laugh so perfectly is was horrifying.
Maggie Gyllenhaal was the perfect choice for Rachel McAdams. Rachel was the Batmans old boyfriend and had known him since he was a kid. Later in the movie Rachel becomes Harvey Dents boyfriend. Maggie did a stupendous and memorable performance. Maggie always has memorable work because the second I saw her in the trailer I remebered her from Stranger Than Fiction. She was so right for the part because she was beautiful but at the same time you could see her being tough and fisty.
Morgan Freeman was Bruce Wayne's worker, but also Batman's desiner. He plays Lucius Fox. Lucius is in charge of making the Batman's cool technical weapons and the suit. Morgan Freeman always give 110% and his streak wasn't broken in The Dark Knight. You will want to watch more of his movies after you see him in this. (you'll probablly want to see all the actors in the Dark Knight in their previous and future movies.)
Michael Caine was a very wonderful Alfred. Michael Gough, who was the Alfred in the 1989 Batman was amazing, and perfect. But Michael Caine was ten times better than him so does that mean that Micheal Caine was AMAZING AND PERFECT BUT TO THE MAX? It does. You will be able to recognize him as an extremly talented actor.
Aaron Eckhart was great too! He was so convincing as an actor. He made this movie better than it would have been with out him. He was Harvey Dent/ Two Face. His time as Two Face didn't last that long but he was definatly amazing as a Villian, but not by far even close to heath Ledger as a villan.
Overall I have to say that this movie was one of the best movies of all time and should be remember forever as one to the greatest movies ever. I think there will be very few movies in the future that will compare to it. The Cast was perfect and the sad part is that Heath Ledger, the best part of the cast, won't be able to make another movie this perfect ever again.
Alfred Pennyworth: A long time ago, I was in Burma, my friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never found anyone who traded with him. One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.
Bruce Wayne: Then why steal them?
Alfred Pennyworth: Because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.