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The Dark Knight

1273 Ratings: 3.3
The second film in Christopher Nolan's Batman film trilogy released in 2008.

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 … see full wiki

Director: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Release Date: July 18, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
48 reviews about The Dark Knight
review by . December 28, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
I'm not a comic book reader. Haven't been one for decades. I haven't seen any of the 'modern era' Batman movies, just one of Superman and the first Spiderman. I haven't seen the Hulk, the Iron Man, or the Catwoman, either, so maybe my opinion isn't worth much, but I was bored by The Dark Knight. I wanted it to end long before the final rampage, and especially before the preachy and inconsistent climax on the two ferries, when ordinary people turn out to have good-guy core values even after they've …
review by . July 24, 2008
I'd heard good things prior to the viewing so my expectations were admittedly high, but I have to say...this movie lived up to the hype. Story: Typical of superhero tales...villain threatens/harms the innocent...hero comes to the rescue...and the battle of good vs. evil ensues. Although there really wasn't anything that hadn't been done before, the plot was well-executed and the action moved the story along at a nice pace. This movie ran for almost three hours but definitely didn't feel that long. …
review by . March 21, 2009
atCrime no longer pays in Gotham City. With the arrival of the Batman, criminals, thugs and crime bosses have found it rather hard to ply their trade. The grip of corruption is also loosening in the city's police force. Top it all off with the new DA, golden boy Harvey Dent, and you quickly find that a crook's wages are quickly getting poorer.      So what's a crime boss to do? That's easy. Eliminate the Bat. Who's insane enough to take the job? A heartless, maniacal, lethal …
review by . June 26, 2009
What makes a great comic book story? Cool gadgets, great fight scenes, a snazzy disguise, unassuming sidekicks, an unfathomable villian, an incorruptible hero and everyone else caught in between.    What makes a great movie? Great, realistic dialogue. Unpredictable drama. The occasional comedy that is not contrived, and not felt like it was purposely written into the script for laughs. A doomed romance. An ensemble cast of multiple protagonists and antagonists. And a haunting …
review by . May 30, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I'm not generally a fan of superhero movies, but wanted to see this movie because of all of the hype surrounding Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker. I remember watching Jack Nicholson's Joker as a kid and being scared to go to bed. However, Heath Ledger takes the joker, and acting in the villain role, to a whole new level. Ledger achieves what few actors playing villains ever have - he has created a character so repulsive and deranged, but at the same time complicated and unpredictable. In …
review by . April 24, 2009
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   Batman and the Gotham City police have had their hands full trying to take down the mob and now there's a new villain in town, a grotesquely scarred and made-up madman called the Joker.     This is a superhero movie that isn't cartoonish or childish; it's complex and intense and thoroughly enjoyable. Heath Ledger plays the deranged Joker with frightening delight and I couldn't take my eyes off him. Even though the movie was well over two hours long, I wanted more …
review by . December 17, 2008
Over the Labor Day weekend, I finally got the chance to catch The Dark Knight at the theater, and let me tell you, it absolutely rocked. This new series of Batman films had gotten off to a strong start with Batman Begins, and this latest installment has solidified its reputation for exciting action, solid acting, engaging story lines, and a darker take on the Batman legacy that has been largely absent in the films made before 2005. The best part of the film? Definitely the late Heath Ledger's Joker, …
review by . December 15, 2008
I just watched The Dark Knight a few nights ago and all I can say is wow!  This movie was everything they said it would be and more!  No wonder it brought in over $500,000 in ticket sales.  And is being haled as the biggest selling movie of all time.    The entire cast from Batman Begins reprises their role with the exception of Katie Homes who played Rachel Dawes, who is now played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.  Christain Bale did an outstanding job as Batman who …
review by . September 02, 2008
This movie will have you on the edge of your seat, and even when your own seat gets tired, you STILL won't want it to be over. It's that kind of movie - long, but you just don't care.       Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Joker's wild - and he's after money from the mob   2. District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) gets to play the white knight, and sweeps the dark knight's queen off her feet   3. Mob bosses rally …
review by . July 18, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
(4.5 *'s) Everything is in place. When a comic book action movie gets tipsy between the fortunes of good and evil, and one forgets the good guys are supposed to prevail, then you have a real comic adventure. As tangible a menace as we could ever hope for (here played formidably by the late Heath Ledger), the Joker's every appearance rarely lets up with shock and surprise. For these reasons, `The Dark Knight' is destined to become (along with `Spiderman 2') one of the greatest comic adventures ever …
review by . October 20, 2008
After leaving the theater in 2005 nearly wiping tears from my eyes after watching the genius of Batman Begins, I said "part of me wishes they would never make another film because there's no way they could come close to the perfection of this movie".    I was wrong.    For the past 2 years I have been awaiting The Dark Knight with more excitement than any other movie in my life. Searching the net daily for new information, watching the trailers around 500 …
review by . October 13, 2008
Christopher Nolan has somehow found a way to trump his previous success with Batman Begins and remakes the super-hero genre in the process, changing it from a simple battle between men in tights to something deeper, darker, and oh so much more interesting, which is saying quite a bit, because Batman Begins was an excellent film.    The plot of The Dark Knight, one of the best-reviewed films of the decade, centers around the Joker, and his various games. Throughout he puts Batman …
review by . August 13, 2008
This was the most fun I've had in a movie theater in a very long time -- and I wasn't even eating candy!    The Dark Knight grabbed my attention and held it for the whole ride. This movie covers a lot of ground, which you can do in just over two hours if you're traveling 100 miles per hour.     It's fast-paced -- so don't plan on taking a bathroom break. It's dark. It's clever.     Some action movies fall flat on character development or …
review by . September 08, 2008
Besides Heath Ledger, the rest of the cast were great along with this film. My husband didn't think so and thought it should of been called "The Coming of the Joker" Christian Bale has done a tremendous job as our Caped Crusader as he struggles between his 2 personalities of being a rich heir and an upholder of justice which also puts his relationship with Rachel Dawes on the rocks.    Aaron Eckhart also did an amazing job as "white knight." His sense of justice was also what …
review by . August 21, 2008
Just as Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" was clearly a product of the violence and confusion that arose in the mid-1970s, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" is unmistakably spawned from the gloom and doom attitude America has adopted in recent years. It is like looking through murky glass at a beautiful dream ruined, a vision brought to its knees and humiliated. More cynical Americans would say this has happened to America. "The Dark Knight" is about dealing with the destruction of that dream. …
review by . August 15, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Crime no longer pays in Gotham City. With the arrival of the Batman, criminals, thugs and crime bosses have found it rather hard to ply their trade. The grip of corruption is also loosening in the city's police force. Top it all off with the new DA, golden boy Harvey Dent, and you quickly find that a crook's wages are quickly getting poorer.    So what's a crime boss to do? That's easy. Eliminate the Bat. Who's insane enough to take the job? A heartless, maniacal, lethal and …
review by . August 09, 2008
The Dark Knight achieves greatness in ways that will leave the audience dazzled, and overwhelmed. Christopher Nolan has made a film that I can't even place within the superhero genre.     Since Batman Begins major changes have rushed through Gotham City. Criminals hide from the streets at night, preferring to hold their meetings in the safety of light, and the citizens begin to stand up to and fight the mob that controls their city. The source of these changes is no other then …
review by . August 01, 2008
This movie is what I wanted Batman to be in the 60's (I hated the tv series). Too bad Ledger died since he will be difficult to replace in the next installment.    Great special effects for Harvey Dent (Two-Face)! I was sorry that Michael Caine's role is diminished from the first movie as he really shines when he is on screen. Look for the Scarecrow's return at the very beginning of the film.
review by . July 23, 2008
Five minutes in to THE DARK NIGHT, I'm asking myself, "What's happened to Gotham?!?!" In BATMAN BEGINS, the city was almost a character itself. Dark, glossy, seedy. It had islands and elevated subways. It felt like SIN CITY on a huge budget. Now it looks like downtown Chicago, or LA or Toronto. An "ordinary" city. I knew then that director Christopher Nolan and his gang were going to try to make Batman realistic...to make him a part of OUR world.    Big mistake.    I'll …
review by . July 22, 2008
The newest installment of the Batman franchise makes good its promises of 'darkness'. Though I didn't find the imagery of this movie as drab overall as say in the first movie, the story line certainly does set the mood.    Once again, outstanding performance by the leads in this movie. I can't imagine why anyone other than Christian Bale has ever played Batman.    And, yes, Heath Ledger was eerily fantastic.     I can't add too much in …
review by . July 22, 2008
After leaving the theater in 2005 nearly wiping tears from my eyes after watching the genius of Batman Begins, I said "part of me wishes they would never make another film because there's no way they could come close to the perfection of this movie".    I was wrong.    For the past 2 years I have been awaiting The Dark Knight with more excitement than any other movie in my life. Searching the net daily for new information, watching the trailers around 500 …
review by . July 18, 2008
Everyone seems to think the greatest strength of "The Dark Knight" is that it surpasses the "Batman" comic book origins. I think it's the greatest weakness. I thought "Batman" was supposed to be a comic book, an ongoing story that could only exist in outlandish DC Comic magazines. Director Christopher Nolan has made the entire concept too realistic, pretty much to the point of making a man dressed in a bat suit seem silly. It's an entertaining movie, no question, but it certainly isn't the "Batman" …
review by . July 18, 2008
"The Dark Knight" is a movie so good you cannot stop admiring the intensity, action and simply formidable greatness of it. It is, without a doubt, the best Batman movie to date. Do you know that scene in the last Superman movie when Superman stops a bullet with his eye? And how impressed and excited you felt at that scene? Well, this Batman maintained that level of intensity and excitement throughout the entire film. Every scene, every twist, every single thing that happened was perfectly timed …
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