The Dark Knight

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Dark, complex, and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.

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With the help of allies Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Christian Bale) has been able to keep a tight lid on crime in Gotham City. But when a vile young criminal calling himself the Joker (Heath Ledger) suddenly throws the town into chaos, the caped Crusader begins to tread a fine line between heroism and vigilantism.

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Critic Reviews for The Dark Knight

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  • Jul 20, 2016
    This is the best comic book movie of all time. A dark, gritty, and realistic look on how superheroes would act and how they can remain unidentified. With great lead performances by Christian Bale (Batman) and Heath Ledger (The Joker) I believe this is if not the best comic book movie and a competitor for the top spot in crime thrillers as well. Deserves its fantastic reviews and box office totals.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    About as near perfect of a film as you can get for a comic book or action film. The script was brilliant, Heath Ledger's performance was well worth the Oscar he received. Even the intriguing, yet simplistic first scene sets the tone for the entire film. It says something about a film when every other film in its sub-genre tries to emulate it in some shape or form. This really kicked off the style that Marvel is going with now in that the films are first and foremost genre films but with superheroes added to them (this being a crime thriller w superheroes). Definitely one that should be watched by everyone. This film commonly is called the best comic book movie ever and it is hard to argue with people that make that claim.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2016
    Confidently directed, dark, brooding, and packed with impressive action sequences and a complex story, The Dark Knight includes a career-defining turn from Heath Ledger as well as other Oscar worthy performances, TDK remains not only the best Batman movie, but comic book movie ever created.
    Gage P Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    After Christopher Nolan resuscitated Batman in Batman Begins (2005), he brought us this complex, dark and thrilling sequel that shows us how thrilling comic book films can ultimately be.
    Sean T Super Reviewer

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