The Dark Knight
On Thursday (24th) last week I went to see The Dark Knight, the latest in the Batman series. I have yet to see Batman Begins so this was my first look at the revival of Batman movies, and with the high acclaim it has I was very excited. I'll just say it: This is an excellent movie!
SPOILER ALERT: While I won’t go particularly deep into the story, I will refer to parts of the movie which may or may not take away some of the enjoyment. Bookmark this post, go see the movie, then come back and read this post. It will still be here when you get back! Of course, if you don't care about spoilers, read on!
We (Sash's family and I) went for a 10pm showing in the hope that there would be less people. We didn't take any chances, arriving a the cinema and securing our seats just after 9pm. By 9:40pm the room was almost full, although it lacked kids which improved the experience. When watching Indiana Jones a bunch of kids in the row in front of us wouldn't shut up until someone came over and threatened to throw them out. Fun times.
Anyway, The Dark Knight. Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and The Joker (Heath Ledger) go head to head in this dark comic book movie. While being long I felt the pace of the movie was very comfortable for me. However, it has a few moments where I was left thinking "Ok, this must be the end of the movie..." when it really wasn't! For example, I was expecting Two-Face/Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) to be the villain of the next movie so I wasn't expecting the final confrontation.
Gotham is headed to a point where it seems crime is a thing of the past, criminals in complete fear of Batman and the "White Knight" District Attorney Harvey Dent. The Joker decides to stir things up, convincing the mob to go along with him in his plan to bring corruption right to the heart of those who defend it.
Of course, the story is nothing without the characters, and this movie has some great ones. I loved the performances by all the actors, the characters were played very well and I can't think of any particularly weak dialogue off the top of my head. Heath Ledger was excellent as the Joker, completely mad but also very reserved at the same time. It is a real shame that he has passed on, I would have loved to see him play the part again.
To conclude, I highly recommend this movie and I will definitely be buying it on DVD. What did you think of it?
Author note: As you can tell by my very brief conclusion, I wrote this post last week and today realized that I didn't finish it. Oops!