AhMazing! I seriously was not expecting this to be that good, considering i'm the person who gave "Batman Begins" only 2 stars. This movie was beyond fantastic! It's darker and more violent than the first, but better in every possible way. There are a lot of explosions and such in this film, but none of them are unnecessary- its all for a reason. While the first movie only really explains how he became Batman, the second is more a fight movie: good guy vs. bad guy. I think Christian Bale is a nice, clean-cut looking guy, who has the acting chops but not a whole lot of personality. Maybe it's because i'm comparing him to someone like Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man" which i recently saw, who has butt-loads of personality. Anywho, the main star and light is shown all on the Joker. And as we all know, this is played by Heath Ledger. I never really recognized his death with much importance, only for the fact i have never heard of him... until now. After seeing this movie, Heath Ledger has instantly jumped to one of my favorite actors. I now am anxious to see everything he has played in. He reminds me of Johnny Depp in how he gets absorbed into his characters, except he is in a young guy's body like say... Matt Damon. Anyway, he does a TERRIFIC job and it makes the joker creepy, mysterious, scary, and hilarious all in one. Other knock out performances come from Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and one other guy that i cannot come up with at the moment... my mind went blank.
Considering i hated the first movie, and absolutely loved this movie (one of my favorites) says alot. It's that good. The chase scenes are absolutely ecstatic to watch, the whole film is shot gorgeously and richly, their are many doses of humor throughout (something that the first film lacked), and the movie is so great at building the excitement. It may only be a tad bit too long, but by that i mean a "tad". Even though it is a "tad" long, you won't get bored... it's very exciting. And Scary! There were many times where i jumped out of my seat or covered my eyes. There are also some terrific visual scenes with the "Bat-pod" which makes your heart flutter because it's just that riveting. I didn't think there would be anything over the summer that would beat out the good superhero quality of"Iron Man", but this definitely is a competition now. It's a great film, and definitely going to be one of the biggest- if not hugest- movie of the summer.
But really my main point, is that this all should go to Ledger. He's fantastic, given the fact he was only 28 when he made this. His death is tragic. He's a huge talent. The trailers definitely built up the anticipation. Heath Ledger has been in the spotlight a TON lately- mostly for the fact, that this could be an Oscar worthy performance. They have been saying that he could get nominated for an Oscar, and i'm guessing the Oscar would go to his family. No matter what, Ledger must be recognized and remembered in some big way- he's a great actor, from what i've seen of this movie, and am totally excited to see his line up of previous movies.
YOU'RE THE MAN HEATH!!!