The Dark Knight
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Maggie Gyllenhaal
After the much publicized death of Heath Ledger after production ended on the Dark Knight it became a very popular topic and a very sought after film. Once I saw the film I see why, Heath Ledger give a performance that completely changed everything about the Batman movie, it showed how committed he was to making a performance that was equally haunt and yet fascinating and tragic and yet compelling, this performance is by far the best and most committed performance of the last decade. Sitting at number 3 on my favorite movies list, right after Star Wars A New Hope and Raiders of the Lost Ark, it has become one of the greatest movie of all time that shows just how far people will go to survive. Joker is the polar opposite of Batman, he has no morals and he is not afraid to waste away people to accomplish his set out goals, Batman is humble and has one rule don’t kill, constantly the tests Batman and on a grand scale knows that he can’t break these rules which gives the Joker the upper hand. This is what makes Joker such a fascinating villain and character is because he has no rules and proceeds with his plans regardless of how it effects anyone, it is also why he is Batman arch-nemesis. After watching this movie I knew that no one is going to be able to outperform Heath Ledger in the role and I knew that this is what a true villain is, not some who is only out to destroy the world like most villains in any superhero movie as of late, he tests the hero and pushes him to the limits of his ability and tries to outwit the hero at every turn and that is why the Joker succeeds where other comic book villains do not and that is one reason this movie is as good as it is because it is not afraid to show a truly menacing villain.
With just one year having passed after taking out Ra’s Al Ghul’s plan to have Gotham eliminated and the mysterious disappearance of Dr. Jonathan Crane AKA the Scarecrow, and after the city was nearly plundered with his toxins, Bruce Wayne and his vigilante alter-ego the Batman, continue the seemingly endless effort to bring order to Gotham, with the help of Lt. James Gordon and newly appointed District Attorney Harvey Dent. But a new threat has now emerged into the streets. The Dark Knight faces a rising psychopathic criminal called The Joker, whose eerie grin, laughter, and inhuman morality makes him as dangerous than what he has yet to unleash. It becomes an agenda to Batman to stop the mysterious Joker at all costs, knowing that both of them are in an opposite line. One has no method at all and seeks to see the world plunge into the fire he has yet to light. One represents the symbol of hope and uses his own shadow to bring the peace and order he has yet to accomplish doing.
There is a lot to be admired about this movie, from the sheer scope of the mythology to the performance, The Dark Knight barely misses a note. I think the inclusion of Harvey Dent was a fantastic idea because it is a story about him and how he starts off as the good guy, who would eventually take Batman’s place as Gotham’s defender, to the villain Two-Face who was completely different from what he originally stood for. Essentially it is a self contained story of Dent’s rise to power and then fall to power after begin manipulated by the Joker into seeking revenge after the death of his loved one and Aaron Eckhart played the role perfectly bring layers to the character that Tommy Lee Jones’s interpretation ever had. The most interesting and intriguing scene in the entire movie is the integration scene, it both shows Joker’s true nature and his beliefs of Batman and how they aren’t different from one another. It also shows just how far Batman is pushed in the scene nearly breaking his rules and becoming just like Joker. It is an incredibly intense scene and shows just how great the performance from Heath Ledger is. It is a breathtaking scene that shows just how accomplished the movie really is. The next best scene was the flipping of the tractor trailer, it is a nice visual image and shows that nice scene can be achieved with out the use of CGI. What this movie has accomplished is simply amazing from critic love, to a posthumous Oscar (which he rightfully deserved) and it also shows just how Christopher Nolan can create a spectacle movie that both has substance and action without compromising either.
There is a lot you can say about this movie, mostly about how political it can be at sometimes which I know is present but I don’t think is a statement at all about the government itself. I have deep love for this movie and how it represents how superhero movies can be made to great movies, sure there are good superhero movies out there but nothing on the same level as Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of Batman. Nolan has created one of the best movies of all time with this one, something that the Academy realized after the fact and that is why they increased the nominations to 10 so that brilliant movies like this one have a chance at the recognition that it deserves.
10 out of 10