Just A Quickie: Movie Review for Batman: The Dark Knight

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Because we at GGG run busy lives, we didn’t have a review for the movie of the year on Friday, when it might have actually mattered. Nope, Sunday was the soonest I could get to it. That said, everyone and their mother has already seen this movie, leading Dark Knight to break the record for opening weekend box office, topping last year’s mediocre cash cow Spider-Man 3 (which apparently still sold more tickets than Batman). Iron Man, Hulk and now Batman have shown that the superhero genre is anything but over this summer. It’s not possible to gush about this movie enough, but due to the fact that it’s hard to say anything original about how awesome and incredible The Dark Knight is at this point, I’ll try and keep this short.

Simply put, it’s the best comicbook movie of all time. And really, that’s my review, but if you want the obligatory raves about the cast and action and Christopher Nolan, click on. But I wouldn’t be insulted if you didn’t.

It would, on the other hand, be insulting to say that the acting in this movie is the best in the superhero genre, because everyone involved compare favorably to any type of movie, bar none.

Christian Bale continues to cement himself as the best Batman since Michael Keaton and perhaps topping him (I’m off and on about Bale’s gruff Batman voice), Michael Caine plays a stellar Alfred, Morgan Freeman is just fun to watch as Lucius Fox, Maggie Gyllenhaal was a suitable replacement for Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes, Gary Oldman’s Sergeant Gordon provides the big thumping heart in this movie, Aaron Eckhart provides the second most dynamic performance in the film as district attorney Harvey Dent, and Heath Ledger’s tragic demise is only made worse by watching the vilest, most fascinating, scary villain EVER and wondering what else he had to offer. His Joker predictably steals the show and meets and exceeds all the hype that the role was given. During the film it was a common happenstance to laugh and shiver at the exact same line that Ledger delivers. The action and cinematography give Spider-Man a run for its money, and due to the fact that Batman doesn’t have the benefit of webs, the scenes where Batman is gliding and jumping off rooftops are some of the most gripping and terrifying things I’ve seen in movies (I can only imagine how it feels in IMAX). I’m not even going to bother with the plot, but this action/crime drama delivers in every possible way.

Christopher Nolan is the genius that made it possible, starting it all with Batman Begins and following it up with a whole other level of awesome here. Every decision he made was great, and even the run time, while long, didn’t hit me until it was over, despite seeing it at midnight. It was just so jampacked with stuff that I couldn’t imagine them cutting anything. After this ending, I’m very curious to see where Nolan could take it, but it’s clear that no one else should get the chance to make Batman 3.

That is all. And I know I missed plenty of things to talk about, but I was really trying to keep this short, because while seeing a movie with a boner is fun, reading about said boner gets old.

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4 Responses to “Just A Quickie: Movie Review for Batman: The Dark Knight”

  1. davidry214 Says:

    I don’t really know what I can possibly add to this, but yeah, it was extraordinary. One thing that I think if easily overlooked, because of the deserved attention Ledger is getting, is that while his Joker was the greatest villainous performance ever, the other villain performance in the movie was at least Top 5 all-time, maybe Top 3.

  2. spiffyithaca Says:

    HUGE SPOILERS FROM MOVIE

    I tried to write this post without spoilers, but it was too vague. I agree that the performance by Eckhart as Dent and Two Face was incredible, and the arch of the character was really well done and perhaps THE highlight after Joker. I couldn’t say so explicitly in fear of spoiling it, but yeah, he delivered the second best performance in the film. As far as top 3 or 5 villain of all time? At first I was going to disagree and say that’s hyperbole, but I guess I could see him being discussed in the top 5, but no way in top 3. I think the potential was there EASILY if Two Face was primed for a big showdown in the third film, but since Two Face HIMSELF wasn’t in the movie for more than a half hour or so, I find it hard to put him there.

    I would put both Joker’s in there, Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Magneto and….maybe DeVito’s Penguin because he’s so creepy. I don’t know, that’s off the top of my head. But Eckhart as Two Face definitely could slot in there and be respectable, which is a testament to the movie and the performance considering the screen time of the character.

  3. gokitalo Says:

    The Dark Knight was incredible. There’s so much I can say about it, but I’ll wait until I get back August 9 😉

  4. The Belated Top 25 Films of 2009 « Goki’s Giving Groin Says:

    […] 1. The Dark Knight: The best comicbook movie ever? I feel like that phrase is thrown around each time a new film comes out these days (although Watchmen, review coming soon?, doesn’t inspire the phrase, although color me impressed), but this movie transcends comics and superheroes. It’s not a superhero movie. It’s a fucking brilliant film period. Christopher Nolan is a God. And one of the most talented casts ever doesn’t hurt either. See what I said when it came out. […]

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