Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Dark Knight Review

The Good:
  • the villains -- Heath Ledger's Joker is and will be the definitive version from here on out. (Sorry, Jack.) The Joker here is unpredictable, ruthless, and terrifying. And Two-Face, well he's not really a villain until the end of the movie, but his "fall" is basically the whole thematic story of The Dark Knight, and he was used very well in the film.
  • the supporting cast -- Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine... all fantastic.
  • the pencil trick
  • Joker's exit from the hospital
  • nods to The Long Halloween and The Killing Joke
  • the score
  • the scenes shot on IMAX. So glorious.
  • the drama -- critics are saying that this is more like a crime film, which just happens to have a superhero. It's hard to disagree.
  • the Batman imposters

The Bad:
  • Christian Bale's Batman voice -- I understand the purpose of it, and I didn't mind it that much in the first movie (probably because he didn't talk as much), but it was pretty distracting in this one. It's too forced, and sometimes I couldn't make out what he was saying.
  • still not much of Batman being a detective. Sure, there was that one scene of him getting fingerprints off a bullet. I guess one scene is better than none...
  • Nolan still can't shoot action scenes. I heard he doesn't use a second unit, he shoots everything himself. With all due respect Mr. Nolan, maybe that should change...
  • Cillian Murphy being wasted on a useless cameo as the Scarecrow.

The Ugly:
  • Two-Face's... face.
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal. I keed, I keed.
  • the wait for the next sequel -- Where do you go from here? How is Nolan going to top this? Is it even possible? It'll be impossible to use the Joker again, unless they hire another actor (with some big brass balls) to replace Ledger.

Awesome movie. It's my favorite of the year so far. And the icing on the cake was seeing the Watchmen trailer on that gigantic IMAX screen.

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