Friday, July 18, 2008

The Dark Knight Review

I attended the midnight showing of Nolan's newest Batman movie, The Dark Knight. It was spectacular. Right from the start you are sent deep into terror and suspense, and you aren't let go until the theater's lights come back on, and even then you are still a bit spooked with traces of an adrenaline rush. Throughout the movie, you are given tons of character development and plot lines, neither of which make the film feel confusing or long, they just add to the film's over all complexity and "feeling". They push you to either love or to loathe each and every character.

The outstanding performance in The Dark Knight, and I'm sure you will agree, is provided by Heath Ledger who plays the Joker. Now, don't get me wrong, Nicholson was a great Joker, but he was nothing compared to Ledger's supremely eerie and demonic take on Batman's most famous villain. Here's how Heath described his Joker: "a psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy." He was exactly right. Heath Ledger, in my mind, is confirmed to win an Academy Award at the next Oscars for his performance as the Joker. And believe me, it is well-deserved.

The plot line of The Dark Knight intrigues you greatly as the movie goes deeper and deeper into the story. You discover secrets, cheer for a member of the love triangle that arises, watch as Bruce Wayne struggles between his two lives...and all the while you have the Joker to worry about.

Out of 10, I'd give The Dark Knight a 10. It is suspenseful, laugh-out-loud hilarious, scary, action-packed, and very entertaining. Ledger's Joker is the definitive Joker, the most demonic Batman nemesis, and the best super-villain from any superhero movie. The Dark Knight, in my opinion, is one of the best superhero movies of all time, and is on par with The Godfather as one of the best crime dramas to ever be created. The Dark Knight delivers a truly extraordinary cinematic experience.

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