The Dark Knight had the most buzz and hype of any 2008 movie due to the (maybe) suicide/drug overdose of Heath Ledger. This hype broke box office records: $314,000,000 + so far, and not since the 1989 version has Bat-Mania engulfed the world. To view the 1989 version now (Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson) after watching 2008 version would be laughable and silly.
So…Heath Ledger hype aside, was this movie awesome or what?
Yes, it was.
For decades DC Comics’ most consistent and mature superhero comic book line has been Batman, Detective Comics, and the various other Batman related series. The Joker has been a major and complex player in Batman’s life, and his portrayal in this movie was superb.
This Joker is no mere comedian…he’s an anarchist, manic, psycho, serial killer, sadistic clown, yet for some reason, we sympathize with him!
And…without ruining too much, The Joker actually beats Batman in this movie…yes, folks, The Joker won. Whereas in other super-hero films, the villain is expected to “do the job” and take the fall, let’s just say that doesn’t happen in TDK.
In many ways, TDK breaks the super-hero movie genre- we have death…a lot of deaths. We have some hardcore violence. Things are dark. It’s a crime drama with detective elements, in addition to the action. The full cast gets screen time- Ledger and Christian Bale don’t carry the movie by themselves. Aaron Echart (District Attorney Harvey Dent) really added a lot to it. Michael Cain (Alfred the Butler), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), and Gary Oldman (James Gordon) were fantastic.
I hate to say it, but I really thought The Joker was right about so many things wrong with society. I felt guilty about looking up to such a perverted and twisted monster like him.
TDK had great emotional and intense scenes. I was at the edge of my seat. There were many twists and curves, and the plot was very deep, which assured multiple viewing by many fans. Since most reviews have been positive, and most of you have already seen it, I won’t spend too much time on this as I usually do.
The Good: Acting, special effects, JoKeR, drama, subplots, HaRvEy DeNt, deep story
The Bad: The plot may be a bit too much for some. I found myself answering a couple of questions from my grandmother about it, and when I checked the message boards, I see that people had tons of questions, like: What was the deal with the fingerprint? Where did Joker get the giant pile of money? Who knew what about the plan? Why does Maroni tell Gordon where to find the Joker? What happened to the Hong Kong guy? What was up with the timer and the windshade? Who did Two-face kill? How and when did Joker kidnap Rachel? etc etc. My reaction: all the answers are there, you need to watch and listen.
The Ugly: Not for kids. If you’re expecting Iron Man, move on. Senior citizens should pass on this, too.
Final Conclusion: As impossible as it seems, it lived up to its hype. Of course, I’m a comic book fan, and I’m sure many “civilians” may be a bit turned off at all the sick stuff that happens in the movie, but I loved it.
Oh, and DID The Joker Kill Heath Ledger?