The Dark Knight Review
There’s no such thing as Batfleck and Heath Ledger is still alive. It’s 2008. Life is good.
The Dark Knight is my favourite Batman movie. From the action to the story to the characters it is all brilliant. The beginning heist scene is utterly phenomenal and I can’t think of a better beginning to really hook you in.
For the rest of the movie. It’s mainly between the Joker and Batman. The Joker is clearly just crazy, he shows he isn’t about the money or the fame, but about what he thinks is right. Things change nearer the end when Two Face becomes a character too. A character that earlier foreshadowed ‘You either die the hero or live long enough to become the villain’ (one of my favourite lines!) Two Face goes after Commissioner Gordon and his family. Batman really has his hands full with these two.
Looking more into the main trio. Batman is brilliant. Bale is the perfect mix of millionaire playboy and action hero. He has the moves and the flare and is definitely very charismatic on screen. The Joker is crazy and the fact that his backstory is so hidden makes watching him on screen so much more exciting: you never know what he’s going to do next! The levels that Ledger went to too to make the scenes believable and his acting fantastic is ridiculous. The punch in the interrogation scene stills makes me wince.
Then there’s Two Face. A man who is constantly overshadowed suddenly becoming such a prominent person. The effects on his face are brilliant and the scene in the hospital where parts of his burnt off skin are sitting on the pillow behind him still makes me cringe. I can’t imagine what he went through and I think even I would go crazy.
What I love about this movie is that even though it’s long every second is interesting. There is never a dull moment or a moment I wish to skip and that is utterly fantastic. I think Christian Bale is a fantastic Batman and all the other actors fit their characters so perfectly, I can’t fault it.
Batman may not be my favourite superhero but this is definitely a movie I can watch again and again. Looking back on this movie it does make me sad to look at the DC movies being made today. Maybe if they had the same flare Nolan had maybe they wouldn’t be disappointing fans so much.
What do you think of The Dark Knight?
Until next time.