As I sit here in my chair trying to figure out how to begin writing this review I can’t believe how fresh the images are in my mind. My experience has bled through the exhaustion of a late night and an early morning and has left me wanting to just sit back in my chair and play it over and over again in my mind. That being said, here….we…………go!
I promise there won’t be any spoilers in this review so this is safe for everyone to read. If anyone is interested in discussing specific things, please feel free to start a discussion in the comments.
Lets start from the top. Despite all the hype, the viral marketing, the acting, the visuals, there was one thing I was worried about going into this movie, and that was the plot. There are many ways you can succeed in a movie but if the story sucks you’re dead before you even get started. There are a lot of movies out there that are visually stunning, but as shallow as a mud puddle. The Dark Knight with all it’s focus on The Joker and a new suit for the Batman, the plot could’ve easily been left wanting by these distractions. After seeing the movie, this just isn’t the case. The plot is deep, not just for a comic book movie but for any movie. The social questions the Joker drudges up are legitimate, and work well as his driving force. The juxtaposition of The Joker, Harvey Dent, and the Batman is really the heart of the movie. How they all see the city of Gotham and how to fix it, plays out as the overall objective of the film. There are even a few good twists and turns to keep you on your toes. The story really helped this movie become more than great.
Acting…..I know this is going to come off sounding like a broken record given the reviews that have already trickled out by the mainstream media but……..this is my blog and I can say what I want. Heath Ledger owned this movie. Never before have I been so delighted to hear a character speak but yet frightened at the same time. Simply brilliant. Heath Ledger commanded this movie. He took an iconic character like the Joker and changed him….forever. I really believe that this Joker will be the measuring stick for years to come. From his monologues to his magic trick (so great!!!!), the Joker held everyone’s focus hostage until he was finished with them. I mean this when I say, it really pains me that Heath Ledger didn’t live longer enough to see what greatness he created. How happy he has made millions of fanboys like me. Next in line for great acting chops is Sir Michael Caine! The man IS Alfred. He had so many great one liners, but at the same time had a lot of great advice for Master Bruce. Aaron Eckhart as Harvey “Two-Face” Dent was also perfect. I loved the way he handled both characters. He captured the characters well and did a great job staying true to the source material. Christian Bale once again proved that he is the best Batman. Not just because he wears the suit well, but he really gets Bruce Wayne. In the Batman films in the past, Bruce Wayne was an after thought to the story. It was really a relief that after all the hype about the Joker, that this was still a Batman movie. Bale didn’t let you forget about him. Something I should point out as well that was executed particularly well, is in this film Batman is depicted more as a detective than any other of the movies. A point somtimes overlooked when flesshing out the character for the silver screen. Nolan shows us the beginnings of Batman’s CSI methods. Maggie Gyllenhall breathed a little life back into Katie Holme’s wooden Rachel Dawes from the first Batman. She actually made me like the character. She gave her a little more sass or as the Joker would say, “a little fight in her”. Gary Oldman was great as usual. I can’t wait to see how his character develops as this franchise continues.
Overall this is hands down the best comic book movie ever made and will continue on as the measuring stick of how future movies will be made. It’s true what the Joker said. Nolan has changed things…forever. There’s no going back. He got everything right! The grit, the dark, the humor, the action, the development of the characters, and even managed to spit a little social message in there. The best part about the entire thing is that he did it all without smathering CGI all over the place. This was a very real feeling film despite it’s source material. If you can only see one movie for the rest of this year…see this one. 5 out of 5 Stars!
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