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, whom he makes into a genuinely frightening and evil villain. His insanity, his lack of remorse, indeed the way he plays the Joker as the heartless villain he was meant to be as opposed to his being played for laughs in previous outings...it just blew me away. I am pleased to hear that Heath's been posthumously nominated for a Golden Globe award. If he does not get an Oscar nomination as well, then there's something wrong with the Academy, as his performance is that good.
It's little wonder that this film has become a critical and commercial success, as the Batman films, and comic book films in general, seem to be becoming more than just merely mindless entertainment. In the right hands, they can be just as thought-provoking and wonderful as the best dramas and those films that don't play anywhere near the amount of cinemas that The Dark Knight played. Now that it's out on DVD and Blu-Ray, I'm keeping my fingers crossed in hopes of getting it for Christmas, as I believe that it'll be a keeper for years to come. If you're one of the few people (or so it seems based on the film's phenomenal performance) who haven't checked out The Dark Knight yet, buy or rent it right now. You won't be disappointed! Now, I'm off to wait for the next Batman film in hopes that it will be as good or better than the Dark Knight was.
Finally, after what seems like an eternity of buzz, waiting, hype, and tragedy, what could easily be the biggest movie of 2008 is upon us: Christopher Nolan's second installment in his re-imagining of DC Comics' Batman, The Dark Knight. Does this mammoth two-and-a-half-hour superhero magnum opus live up to expectations? The simple answer is yes. With The Dark Knight Nolan has crafted what may be the greatest superhero film to date. In a summer where Marvel blew the doors wide open with the … more
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 … more
Wow, what a summer. Its only halfway over and already I've been treated to two incredible super hero films, The Incredible Hulk [Theatrical Release] and the masterpiece Iron Man (Special Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] which, to me, is one of the top three super hero films of all time along side the likes of Spider-Man 2 (Widescreen Special Edition) and Batman Begins (Widescreen Edition). From deeper then expected films like Wall-E [Theatrical Release] to the resurrection of the Indiana Jones franchise … more
We've all been there. Sitting in the theater regretting spending $9 on a movie based on a childhood superhero. Thankfully, The Dark Knight is not one of those superhero movies. Christopher Nolan, the man behind movies like Memento and Batman Begins, took Batman and Gotham city to a place that most superhero movies dare to go. Reality. Nolan made The Dark Knight gritty, realistic, and... well dark. This wasn't just a popcorn movie, this wasn't just a superhero movie, this was … more
The sequel to the 2005 Batman Begins is even better than its predecessor. Much different than the earlier comical Batman series, this one is much darker, much tragic, and portrays the Batman that you read in comic books. Batman with his fears and values refuses to cross the line that all the villains cross. He uses his head to combat villains. He tries to prevent bad things from happening to others that he has experienced himself. He's an icon of yin … more
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About this movie
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.