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The second film in Christopher Nolan's Batman film trilogy released in 2008.

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"A Silent Guardian.... A Dark Knight" The Best Crime Drama of the Decade!

  • Aug 29, 2009
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By now, The Dark Knight is known to be the best of the best when it comes to super hero movies as well as Heath Ledger's final Oscar winning performance.  What some people fail to realize about Christopher Nolan's masterpiece is that it is also the best crime drama of the decade.  Forget that Batman is in this movie for a second.  Without him you have a movie that focuses on the Mob, dirty cops, inner city politics and a mad man watching all of this unravel as he adds his own breed of chaos and anarchy to the mix.  What The Dark Knight did such an amazing job in doing was focusing on the story and the characters instead of just focusing on Batman, making the film so much darker and character driven.  While The Dark Knight is in fact a movie that features the character of Batman, his role was so secondary compared to all of the other characters.  Instead, The Dark Knight becomes about this trio of characters; Harvey Dent, Jim Gordon and Batman who tried to bring back clean streets to the city of Gotham, only to have The Joker standing in their way.

I think I would have been upset if this had just been another Batman movie and the fact that it turned out to be something completely different really made me love this film even more.  Many people will say that the film was to dark and that it has this stain on it now because of Ledger's death.  I disagree.  I expect a movie featuring Batman to be dark and twisted like how The Dark Knight was and the fact that Christopher Nolan ended up making this masterful crime drama speaks words to his creative genius.  As terrible and unfortunate as Ledger's death was, The Dark Knight would not have been the same movie without him as he ended up being a better Joker than Jack Nicholson ever was.

You can't really talk about this movie without talking about Heath Ledger's Oscar winning performance.  Before there was any Oscar buzz surrounding the film, I thought he deserved an Oscar for his performance.  When you can become a character so much to the point that you're unrecognizable as the person you truly are, than you should win an Oscar and that is exactly what Heath Ledger did.  Every time I watch The Dark Knight I look for a hint of Ledger when he is playing The Joker, but there is none of him to be seen.  I think he became the character more than any other actor has done in the history of film.  Whether or not this led to his pill overdose remains to be seen, but either way, it was an Oscar worthy performance.

Along with Ledger, The Dark Knight would not have been the success it was without such an amazing cast.  Christian Bale, Gary Oldman and Aaron Eckhart were just as incredible and when those actors were in a scene together, the film really came alive.  I think the casting of Gary Oldman as Gordon is probably, along with Heath Ledger, one of the best casting jobs in the past fifteen years.  He totally embodies the character and is one of those actors who can play virtually any role. Great performances were also given by Michael Caine as Alfred as well as Morgan Freeman as Lucious Fox.

There is no doubt that The Dark Knight will go down as as instant classic despite getting snubbed at the Oscars.  With a cast so rich and a story even richer, there's no way it won't be remembered.  Though a dark shadow does loom over the film with Heath Ledger's untimely passing, he can rest easy knowing he gave an Oscar winning performance as one of the most famed villains in movie and comic history.  For any true film lover, The Dark Knight is a must own.  Everyone will go home happy as the films serves as both the best crime drama and comic book film in the last decade.  Christopher Nolan deserved more for this film, but  masterful none the less, 5/5!
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September 24, 2009
I never really looked at The Dark Night as a crime drama, mostly because it was associated with the Batman series. I found myself really comparing it to the other Batman movies, which you really can't because its quite different. As a crime drama, this is movie is much better, as a Batman movie I do now and will always love the first Batman with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. I cannot deny how eery Heath Ledger's performance was. The acting in Dark Night was great and it was a different movie that should really stand in a different category than the Batman series.
September 03, 2009
I don't quite agree with your assessment that Batman was only in the film for a "second". He had a lot more screen time than that, but he wasn't the star, that's for sure. Very few comic book-inspired films have understood that the actor playing the title character needs to be surrounded by a cast of quality actors to support them and help create more dramatic tension for the hero. Nolan is certainly on his way to becoming the greatest director of the new millennium, at least in my opinion. Anyhow, this is a great review.
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The Dark Knight is a 2008 American superhero film co-written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is a sequel to Batman Begins. Christian Bale reprises the lead role. Batman's primary conflicts in the film include his fight against his arch-nemesis the Joker and his strained friendship with district attorney Harvey Dent. For his conception of the film, Nolan was inspired by the Joker's first two appearances in the comics and Batman: The Long Halloween. The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago, as well as in several other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. The director used an IMAX camera to film six major action sequences, including the Joker's first appearance in the film. The Batsuit was redesigned, with a cowl allowing Bale to move his head.

The film was released on July 18, 2008 in North America, and on July 21, 2008 in the United Kingdom. During its opening weekend, the movie brought in over $155 million, breaking nearly every box office record.
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Director: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Release Date: July 18, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
Runtime: 152 minutes
Studio: Syncopy Films, Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Studios
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