Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Dark Knight

Say it with me everybody: "WIN."

The Joker was just... I mean... omg Heath, why did you have to die?... that performance was beyond spectacular. It wasn't the Joker of old played by Jack Nicholson, not the Joker who's crazy in a sane, sort of sadistic way. No. This was a Joker that was insane in an "I'm batshit crazy and I just enjoy the carnage" kind of way. He had facial tics (remember how his tongue was always darting to the side to feel his razor cuts?), he had a different explanation of the scars for each person and he was sincere about them all, that laugh was creepy and authentic, and... just... I mean... gah! He was nuts. And awesome.

"I'm like a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do if I caught one. I just do things."

Win, win, win.

That said, I'm not entirely sure that I'm a fan of Christian Bale as the Batman. He's perfectly fine as Bruce Wayne. I like him in that role. But as Batman... did anyone else think that voice change was a little over the top? I wasn't fond of it in the first movie, either. It's just too fake. Too much of an obvious effort. I understand Batman doesn't want his voice recognized but come on.

Harvey Dent? Good God. Another excellent performance, and nice job with the Two-Face graphics. The only inconsistancy I could spot was the fact that his left eye always looked moist (if a little bloodshot, heh) despite no longer having an eyelid. I also didn't expect the Scarecrow to make a cameo.

Anyway, good plot, excellent characters, and I got to see it all on a big IMAX screen. Neener!

All the way around good movie, and I am so buying this one on DVD.



Anonymous said...

Okay - Squeeee! Good, got the fan boy crap outta the way.

There was so much about that movie to gosh over that it isn't funny. Cast, direction, story, effects, etc. All good, all top-notch, and in all producing a movie that will rest in our minds for generations. Man, I wish I was one of those folks behind it all!

Anonymous said...

Totally agreed with the whole review, positive and negative aspects (like Bale's voice as Batman). Also one I'll want on DVD to see all of the extras - hopefully there are some Ledger interviews on there.