Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.
The Dark Knight is a movie that every super- hero movie lover, or not, should definitely see. It is destined to be a classic and it won't be a surprise if it turns out to be one. The film almost takes place right after Batman Begins but the way it is shown through IMAX and director Christopher Nolan's good choice of making the movie take place more outside during the day makes the atmosphere of the movie something unique. This movie is definitely the greatest Batman movie I have ever seen.
I had high hopes for the movie Watchmen, which debuted it's first teaser trailer before The Dark Knight, to live up to The Dark Knight if not surpassing it as by being a fan of the graphic novel. The Watchmen took on another path which may have been for the best.
Not only was Nolan's vision of Gotham being a regular metropolis, Chicago, breathtaking but the unfolding situations delivered in the movie stand above. I am usually not a big fan of situation movies because I feel the movie's story should over power it but The Dark Knight was a great exception. With The Dark Knight, the situations that The psychopathic Joker puts Batman and the civilians of Gotham through are not only original but fresh. We didn't see a majority of the film being recycled from the last big action movie. An example of the film's bold originality of situations was the scene were Batman must save the clowns from the police who think they are the bad but are actually hostages.
The movie is very dark, almost as dark as Tim Burton's second Batman. This defiantly shouldn't be seen by children under aged. As for the film's audio, it was so good and so right that even the score was timed out just right especially in the Joker chase scene.
Heath Ledger's performance did shadow over many but for a good cost. This is his best performance he produced and unfortunately the last. I do hope to see what they do with the character in the expected sequel without Ledger.
Although I think that Batman Begins is a better Batman film than the Dark Knight, The Dark Knight is a better film than Batman Begins. The two are just about the only movies that I love watching multiple times without end. The Dark Knight is a definite treat to movie goers.
by Dane Youssef
"IT IS POSSIBLE TO TOP PERFECTION"
Like "Batman Begins," this is a movie that doesn't really feel like "just a movie." Grandmaster film critic Roger Ebert himself said "the movie is not plausible, because how could it be?"
Has the fat man ever been more wrong? Like the first movie, this is a movie that makes us truly believe a Batman can exist. Gotham City is not a gothic vampish uber-hell. It is the city of Chicago seen through a dark and murky lens.
I imagine every one who lives in the Windy City who walks by the film's many locals will look at them in a whole new light.
This is without any doubt whatsoever, one of the greatest comic book movies in cinema history. Yes, I'm including "American Splendor," "Spider Man 2," "Sin City" and the first two "Superman" movies.
Gyllenhall makes a more than adequate replacement to Katie Holmes in the first one. And Gary Oldman is given a little more to do. The late Heath Ledger certainly deserves at the very goddammed least an Oscar nom. Something to decorate his grave with. A souvenoir for the family?
The real surprise is Aaron Eckhart. The whole bit involving D.A. Harvey Dent and his metamorphisis into a half-deformed shizophrenic. None of it was hinted at in the film trailers, so the whole world (including myself) was more or less expecting the whole "Two-Face" plot to take flight in the next movie. We've seen Two-Face before, but because children watch this kind of thing, it never really looked like what an actual face deformity would look life. God help us all, these peole take care of that. Those of us who've us have seen Neil LaBute's "In The Company Of Men" know that Eckhart can really play a dreamboat and a monster all in the same movie--a real Jeckyll and Hyde.
Christopher Nolan with his "Memento " and "Following" not only riveted all who saw them. They've permenently affixed themselves in our imaginations, our dreams, our minds. Taking on the "Batman" series was going to be no easy task. It wasn't what he was known for. His gimmick was mystery noir that was flip-floping through time itself. And he practically defined this technique--as much as Tarantino did with his "Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown."
And he had to go and do it. To make one of the greatest films of it's ilk. The whole idenity of the Joker had been completely re-imagined in the ungodly and extreme. There's a love story right out of a Greek tragedy. Scenes right out of the most lurid of crime mysteries and gothic comic books. The best of all art aspects are meshed together, all intertwining like a rich tapeistry. This isn't just "Batman." It's much, much, more.
NOTE: This review is dedicated to the late Heath Ledger. This man created immortal characters time and time again. He conjured a cowboy with forbidden passion and a jester who horrifies rather than amuses. But behind his gallery of unforgettable performances, he was a man with a passion for his family, friends, his lady and his daughter--whom he had actually yet to meet. Watching his many faces on the screen--make a lot of us which we gotten to know the real one.
*Clap, Clap, Clap*
First off i would like to applaud Heath Ledger for his phenomenal performence playing the Joker. It left me speechless. This movie was more like 2 movies in one to me, It was like Batman saving the city...and then Joker...He took the movie to a whole other level. I was not expecting something that marvelous. The Special Effects were so well done, and the music fit perfectly. It was truly an amazing theatrical performance.
Batman, Gordan and Harvey Dent team up to bring down criminals in Gotham. A twisted new criminal named the Joker (Heath Ledger) might be more than they can handle though.
The Dark Knight is..dark and violent and not really action packed. It's more like a well made crime drama. It's always entertaining though due to the excellent performances. It's sad that we'll never see Ledger in the role again because he was amazing and no villain in a 3rd film could possibly out do his Joker. Johny Depp could possibly try to do what Ledger did if he played the Joker. But it would be disrespectful if they recast the role so soon.
Just perfect ! you know after this movie I fell in love with Ledgeeeeeeeeeeerrr ! He was amazing , I really miss him .The special effects were pretty surprising and the explosion of the Hospital made me speechless ,i've never thought that the Joker was going to blow it .From my point of view i wanted Kilmer to play the role off Batman .
Sorry people. I know I'm in the minority on this one. But I thought this movie was way overblown because of the Heath Ledger thing. Sure he was great as the Joker. But "Batman Begins" was a much better film than this one. I also thought Christian Bale was wimpy as the caped crusader. I gave this film a second try to see if I missed something. Nope,I didn't. Okay,let me have it fellow film buffs.
The Dark Knight was my favorite movie of the year. Christian Bale(Batman) and Heath Ledger(The Joker) made the movie what it is. This movie has great action and fight scenes and the plot ties them all together. This was a great movie and deserves all the Oscar Nominations that it received.
spectacular,thrilling,witty,and ingenious.When I first saw the dark knight back in late july,I walked out of the theatre feeling a little disapointed.I blame this on the fact that everybody was talking about heath ledger and how great he was in the movie,but nobody seemed to talk about the movie itself.so I find myself sitting there directing my attention towards heath ledger.well recently I bought the dark knight on dvd, and I watched it and realized how great it was.I have never witnessed a superheroe movie so compelling,thrilling,and jaw-dropping as this one.Christian bale give's a fantastic performance as batman,and heath ledger's joker will surely get an oscar nomination.but the character I felt the most sympothy for is harvey dent(brilliantly played by aron eckhart)he might be the only hope for gotham's future,and he goes from triumph to tragedy in a instant,hideously scarred by fire,he then seek's revenge for the death of his(and bruce wayne's)love racheal dawes.But the heart of this story is the city of gotham, who prove to men like the joker that there are some that are willing to believe in good and are incorruptable.
bottom line,this might be the greatest superheroe movie made,and might even win a merit for a best picture nomination.If you havent seen this movie,then you are missing out on one of great film adventures of the decade.
The Dark Knight: Why I think it is so much more than another superhero movie
There certainly is no shortage of reviews for this film (during the time of this writing there are 300 on Amazon for the Single Disc DVD and over 1000 on the iTunes store), but there has been such a strong response both in favor of and against this movie that I wanted to throw in my two cents.
What makes this film, in my opinion, a masterpiece and not just another summer blockbuster is how deeply it involves the viewer in the action itself. The masterful artistic element is how Christopher Nolan immerses the viewer. For the first thirty minutes, the viewer does not expect much more than a well-done action flick, replete with special effects and hyperbolic action galore. Bad guys are still being bad guys in Gotham City and Batman is still up to his old tricks (fancy gadgets and all) in his efforts to stop them. However, Nolan gradually and carefully raises the stakes, and the movie develops from a typical action movie into an unnervingly honest appraisal of the natures of good and evil. Unlike most superhero movies, The Dark Knight reaches further than GothamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s city limits Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it demands a very personal reaction from the viewer.
At two and a half hours, the Dark Knight is a very mentally and physically taxing experience for the viewer, as Nolan clearly intended it to be. He carefully balances which emotions he elicits from the viewer, oscillating from uncertainty to laughter to outright terror. This fragile balance can be (and often is) shattered at a momentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s notice and then just as quickly restored through some well-timed comic relief, only heightening the overall sense of instability that dominates this film. The viewer is constantly being denied the cathartic sense of relief so desperately needed by the filmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s end. The most triumphant moments are consistently thwarted, interrupted, or otherwise overturned Ã¢â‚¬â€œ so much so that the majority of the film feels dominated by desolation and hopelessness. Since that feeling of uncertainty is so crucial to experience the full impact of the film, I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t reveal any of the story specifics or plot devices that create these Ã¢â‚¬Å“overturnsÃ¢â‚¬Â, but they are obviously felt while viewing. Nonetheless, everything Nolan does in the Dark Knight serves to further disquiet and rattle the viewer. From the unearthly screeching of Hans ZimmerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s score, to the chillingly familiar video threats made by the Joker (evoking a sense of very real terror, imitating the style of so many terrorist videos seen during newscasts these days), to the ultimate blurring between the lines of good and evil (incredibly likeable but twisted villains Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Joker Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and sometimes morally ambiguous superhero in Batman), The Dark Knight complicates the traditional understanding and expectations of a superhero movie.
Unlike other movies of the genre, NolanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s masterpiece presents a very complex understanding of morality and forces the viewer to analyze his own morality in the tense Ã¢â‚¬Å“What would I do?Ã¢â‚¬Â moments throughout the film. And while everything else about the movie is entirely epic and grandiose, morality is very realistically complicated and personal. Nolan is able to successfully individualize the epic and takes the viewer through a wide range of emotional experiences. The culmination of all the uncertainty, moral ambiguity, and terror built upon during the film make the ending of this movie, without spoiling it, one of the most rewarding experiences in modern cinema.