After rewatching the film, I realized my two previous claims were extraordinarily absurd. Heath Ledger deserves an Oscar for his performance and Danny DeVito?s performance as the Penguin is no match for Ledger. As well, the last 30 minutes were not a drag at all and Dent?s rampage was not a sudden 180 turnaround.
No one caused my change in heart, even my fav critic and my close friend who is also a film fanatic, couldn?t change my mind. I initially didnt find Ledger?s acting special because that is EXACTLY what I expect Joker to be, a crazy, brilliant, and childish criminal who just enjoys making havoc. Now, I realize it really takes a lot of effort from Ledger, the director, and writer to make Joker so horrifying and yet entertaining. Everything Ledger says and does are part of the grand image of Joker. He is an anonymous criminal mastermind with nothing to lose and a psychotic past. It is what makes him so scary and it is how the fat boy with the bomb and the misdirection to Rachel and Dent came to be. Those also contribute to the entertainment of the film so that the typical movie-goers view would enjoy the perceivable action, while the more intellectual movie-goers would identify that they were tools to show Joker?s insanity between shots of him throwing around archaic gestures. Some could argue that Nicolson?s Joker is a joke. In actuality, he is a criminal of a different nature who lacked the production crew?s attention. And the same goes for DeVito but lacks even more attention because he was only scary because of the havoc he creates but not of his speeches and gestures.
My initial reasoning for Dent?s rampage was I thought Rachel?s death was the sole cuz of his change with a little encouragement from Joker. Now, I realize that Dent has been hot-headed from the start. He is an emotionally driven man is killed the 5 ppl in the last 30 minutes not because they were criminals and corrupt police, but they were the ones responsible for Rachel?s death. He was acting the same way he has been acting, only a little more aggressively. As well, Dent?s fall to death is a metaphor for what Joker wants with him, to have someone so pure of heart turn into a despicable piece of shit.
New things I found in my rewatch are that the script is filled with devastating moments and has some propaganda. In the scene where Batman infiltrates the tower where Joker is watching the ferries, Batman actually hurts cops. Like the beginning of the film, he is acting above the law, which is unacceptable in reality. Also, if the hostages and the captives? appearance are swapped and the police end up ?saving? the captives, then the public would lose all trust in them.
Batman?s massive sonar system is a propaganda tool for the viewers to accept the use of such system which highly violates privacy. Sure, Freeman calls is immoral, he is the only one operating it, and the system is destroyed after use. However, in reality, who and how do we appoint to monitor us? How can we trust this man to not disclose our private information? Although the film presents but sides of the argument for having such a system, the use of the system is a sign of propaganda because it is a sign of encouragement for the system. I personally agree that we should have this system because if you do anything with someone else, its bound to get found out. If its something that can hurt other, it MUST be disclosed. All im saying is that this film is going to create more fans of the monitory system because of the film.
Lastly, I would like to add how beautiful the ending is. Dent is ?A hero, not a hero we desired but a hero we needed.? And Batman is ?the hero Gotham desires but not the one who needs right now. So, we will hunt him because he can take it.? It is an act beyond noble for Batman to make the city turn out him in order to keep the peace.
This film also marks the first time I have ever rewatched a film in theatres, although, it was a theatrical rerelease.