The Dark Knight
Welcome to a world without rules. To a world where the Joker would have you believe that morality is a bad thing and that human nature is to look out only for your self. Batman on the other hand believes in people. Oh, he knows that people need some one to look up to, but he struggles with being that person. So much so, that when he meets someone who can inspire Gotham City, he puts his weight behind him and even contemplates retirement.
Welcome to the world of The Dark Knight, a dark tale of good vs evil, of sacrifice and commitment, of pain and suffering, and ultimately redemption.
The Dark Knight is, without a doubt, the best superhero movie ever made. But what makes it such a movie? For me, like Iron Man, Batman shines because he is human, he has no special powers, he’s just made a decision to be the best he can, and to put other people first. It’s also that Gotham City is a dark place, humanity at it’s worst. It acknowledges that humanity is far from perfect. But then from the darkest of characters come some light. The Joker is without a doubt an evil character, yet his approach to life manages to add some degree of frivolity to the movie, a little humour to the dire situation that he is creating. He also manages to impart some wisdom along the way.
The storyline is well crafted and full of unexpected deviations, some red herrings and a whole lot of actions. Car chases, explosions, action abounds throughout The Dark Knight, but rather than be a CGI driven movie, Christopher Nolan manages to keep the focus on the characters, utilising a serious CGI budget with restrained perfection. Many people have said that Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker is the driving factor behind The Dark Knight, and whilst I applaud his fantastic interpretation of the Joker, The Dark Knight just wouldn’t have worked without the combined talents of Bale, Caine and Freeman. Sure the Joker does overshadow Batman to a degree, but Batman holds his own and keeps the movie going. He connects the dots to create the whole, where as the Joker only leaves a trail of randomly scribbled marks.
The chemistry between everyone, from the main stars to the supporting actors combine to make The Dark Knight the enjoyable masterpiece it is.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Contains Violence.
Release Date: December 10th, 2008
Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Monique Curnen, Ron Dean, Cillian Murphy
Length (Minutes): 142
Media Format: DVD
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Director: Nolan, Christopher
Studio: Warner Bros