152 min. Rated PG-13
Directed by Christopher Nolan
(Batman Begins, The Prestige, & Memento)
Everyone's talking about the Dark Knight. Is it really that good? What about Heath Ledger? Why is it making so much money? It's a comic-book movie, so really, seriously, is it that good?
Well the simple answer is.... Yes. It's that good. This may be a "comic-book" movie, but at no point throughout the films robust 2 1/2 hours, did I feel like I was watching a yarn made about a flip-book sold to many youngsters yearning to become a superhero. This is a crime epic. In the vein of greats like HEAT (1995), or THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987), I felt like I was watching a classic cops and robbers film, that just so happened to have characters who wear a bat suit, and funny make-up.
The plot is pretty simple: Batman and Lt. Gordon join forces
The addition of Maggie Gyllenhaal goes a long way in creating the love story part of the picture. However, the themes bursting at the forefront, beg many questions about humankind. Truly where does that fine line exist between a hero and a vigilante? Nolan even takes it a step further, asking us to think about whether or not humanity itself is even worth saving.
But the real treat of this film, is the remarkable performance by the late Heath Ledger. Forget about Jack Nicholson folks... Heath, has taking the reigns and run rampant in a tour de force act the will be rewarded come Oscar time. The ripe maniacal way Ledger commands the screen just pours out of him. And that which is at once loveable, then becomes truly frightening, as he completely steals every scene in which he appears...
Basically, this film is epic. It's exciting, and truly dark. The action sequences, while edge-of-your-seat, didn't leave my jaw hanging on the floor, it was the story and the performances that did. That says a lot about the kind of treat you're all in for. We have yet to see a better "comic movie" in the history of film. Thank you Mr. Nolan, for giving us The Dark Knight!
The Dark Knight Stars:
If you enjoyed HEAT (1995) ...THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987)... THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995) ...BATMAN BEGINS (2005) ...you will like The Dark Knight.