Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Dark Knight

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First, I read the whole "W" is Batman thing and, yes, I could see a little bit of it in one or two places, but the idea that George W. Bush would put on a cape and bitchslap Nancy Pelosi...well...there's always the sequel!

There's a lot to see in the film, a lot going on with a number of subplots weaving their way through the movie. The special effects are awesome. A lot of movies have you looking behind the curtain, looks for the wires and the glass paintings, but this one looked seamless!

Heath Ledger's Joker was a refreshing, if frightening change from Nicholson's over the top ham & cheese performance of the past. Ledger portrayed the psychotic killer as...a psychotic killer. The humor was there, but very dark.

Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen the movie, stop reading here.
There won't be a problem in maintaining continuity for Bruce Wayne's love interest Rachel (portrayed here by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes in Batman Begins).
I'm thinking a small piece of granite could fill in for her in the sequel!

An exciting thrill ride, punctuated by a few too many talking head moments. Worth the price of admission, but anyone who paid $150 to sit in a sold out theater to watch this one may be asking himself:
Why so serious?

I'd give it four out of five stars.

2 comments:

  1. i still wish Katie Holmes had stayed on board as Rachel Dawes for the Dark Knight; it was like the time spent getting familiar with her character in Batman Begins was wasted...

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  2. I know what you mean. It's hard enough to suspend disbelief with some movies and then have to suspend further disbelief that one of the characters got taller/shorter, slimmer/wider, morphed from blode to brunette or vice versa and speaks with a different accent!

    They should do like they did LOTR: Lock everyone up on the far side of the world until you've made all the sequels you intend to! Heh.

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