The Dark Knight
Well after the waiting and waiting for one of the most hyped films of the decade. I finally got along to the NZ premiere on Sunday. On the Imax screen of all places. Just in case Batman wasn’t big enough he’s now 10 stories tall…
The Dark Knight did not disappoint in any way. It was a fast paced action drama that exploded in your face with such a resolve to entertain and tantilse the senses. (Well at least sight and sound wise)
As sad as the loss of Heath Ledger is to the film world, he has left a legacy that in my humble opinion is quite possibly one of the best performances of all time and is not worthy of an Oscar but actually 2 Oscar’s. It is just that good! The supporting cast does not disappoint either. From Gary Oldman’s Gordon right through to Aaron Eckhart’s Harvey Dent… the emotion and drama that engulfs the audience and fully submerges each viewer into the powerfully displayed battle of Good versus evil. One key line that repeats several times in the film explains the journey that this film takes you on. “Either you die a hero or you live long enough to become the villain”. Fighting against the coldest killer or the vilest villain will mean hard choices to face. How far do you go in order to stop evil? Where is the line of no return? and where should it be crossed? The Dark Knight asks the question to all, does the ends justify the means? Or does strength & purity of character have higher value than the outcome?
I won’t spoil it for anyone by telling you what happens in this film. But the 2 and a half hours went by so fast with no down time and constant action packed scenes.
With two deaths linked to the picture it is by the far one of the most costly films ever made. (Not in dollars) and yet the American Film going public alone spent $155 million on seeing it in The Dark Knight’s opening weekend. (Beating the previous all time best of Spiderman 3’s $151 million)
At the end of the day this movie is gritty and violent but in my view so too is the battle of good versus evil that goes on through the world every day. Perhaps it’s about time we saw a hero stand up to bring about change.
Want another opinion? Read Jonathan’s review of The Dark Knight.
Reviewed by: Jon E Clist.
Rating: M – Contains Violence.
Duration: 152 mins.
Genre: Action, Crime.
Director: Christopher Nolan.
Actors: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman.
Release Date: July 24, 2008.