The Dark Knight (2008)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Heath Ledger, man.

This film was selected from ‘The 250’

So I’ve been saving this movie for a rainy day, and even though there wasn’t any rain, I decided to go ahead an watch this epic of a film. The Dark Knight, of course, is the sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, the only movie in the trilogy without “The Dark Knight” in the title. Now, I can’t be entirely sure about this, but I have the feeling that this is the best superhero movie I’ve ever seen. It’s one of the best movies ever made, but as far as superhero movies go – I don’t think I’ve seen a single movie that has beaten this one. I have huge anticipation for the next X-Men movie this week, but we’ll just have to see how that goes. For now, let’s talk about the movie of all movies, The Dark Knight.

Okay, so Bruce Wayne is still Batman, but he’s more in the stages now of looking into retirement. He has been doing a good job with cleaning the city of Gotham up, but he’s ready to pass the torch onto someone else for a change, a white knight that needn’t a mask to save the day – Harvey Dent. Meanwhile, a new bad guy by the name of The Joker has shown up with the intent on bringing the city back to it’s knees with criminals, but mostly…he just wants to see the world burn – and Batman is the perfect place to start.

Now that the movie’s over let’s take a breath to collect ourself and remember that before this premiered, there was a lot of hype given to the movie. My biggest concern before watching it was actually if the hype was deserved, or completely based on the fact that this was Heath Ledger’s final performance. I think it was a little bit of both, actually. This isn’t just a good performance by Ledger, it’s a phenomenal performance. If he hadn’t died, he would have still received praise for this role, it’s just so iconic. It’s one of the best villains in film history, portrayed by one of the best actors, complete with an unforgettable performance. Half of what makes this movie so good is the Joker.

The other half of what makes this movie so good, and in my opinion, perfect – is well…everything else. The story can seem a little complicated at first, but it’s definitely all connected and if you pay attention, the structure is a little something like this: Explosive intro, regular intro, escalate, escalate, escalate, climax. There is no down time, not really even after the climax, it takes you along with the adventure, things get insane and it just leaves you there with your mouth wide open. I don’t know many movies that are able to do that. Almost every movie needs at least a little filler…not this one.

One of the greatest things about this series is the creativity. They think about things no one has ever thought about before in Batman movie history. The copycats, or copybats rather; the sonar scenes; the 3D fingerprint scanner; even things as little as Batman needing to reconfigure his helmet to turn his head. When it comes to things we’ve already seen, like the Joker…the way they go about it is so fresh that it turned into something iconic. There’s a reason people love Nolan’s Batman. He doesn’t stoop down to the level of what fans say they want to see.  He instead is the one who tells fans what they want to see and then delivers. (unlike Godzilla, just saying). This is exactly why I’m a fan of creative freedom – because this is the kind of stuff you get.

The Good:

This is one of the best movies ever created in the history of film.

The Bad:

Anyone that has anything negative to say about this movie belongs in this category.

Memorable Quote:

Harvey Dent: You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.


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