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

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The Dark Knight - 2008

  • Feb 4, 2010
Rating:
+4
Pros: Heath Ledger, outstanding toys

Cons: long and repetitive

The Bottom Line:
"The dark knight returns, he's here to stay.
Master detective, in him a fire burns.
After years of seclusion, the dark knight returns"
~Hans Zimmer

It often takes me a while to catch up but I finally watched The Dark Knight this week. Out of all the take-offs and remakes, I always thought the Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson combo was my favorite and never thought anyone could do a better Joker. Guess I’ll join the Heath Ledger bandwagon and say he took Joker to a fouler and more evil place than ever before. Nicholson’s Joker was more comical; Ledger was chilling. It was also interesting to see this version given to the appearance of Two Face.

Batman, as most know, is Bruce Wayne in real life. Or real Gotham life anyway. Rich and powerful, he dons the dark cape and cowl and fights evil in the streets at night. He has a loyal sidekick, Alfred, but in this release he was also joined by Lucius Fox who seems to have his thumb on everything magical that makes Batman a force to reckon with.

Like Godzilla, the city is never sure whether to love or hate Batman. Sure, he is ridding the city of crime, but at what cost? I was pleased to see he hadn’t reverted to weapons yet and still relied on his wit and cunning to overtake his prey. That and his incredible toys.

His adversaries are many and varied, including the Mafioso as well as the Joker. He generally has a love interest, this time it was Rachel Dawes. Dawes has known him forever, knows his alter is Batman. She vows her love yet turns to another although Wayne isn’t aware of the depth of her feelings for Harvey Dent, the D.A. turned Two-Face after a horrible fire, thanks to Joker.

This release wasn’t as dark as some of the others. The city appeared normal, not as gothic. Overall it really doesn’t matter because it is a generally bad movie made good by the actors. Seriously, how many times can we watch Batman save the day? However the actors involved pulled this into another dimension, especially Heath Ledger. If I wanted to nit-pick anything it would be Bale’s voice when he donned the cape. What was with the Darth Vader impression?

This film was directed by Christopher Nolan. It was nominated for 141 awards, winning 81. Well, dang. It is rated PG-13 for violence and menace. Participants were Christian Bale as Wayne/Batman; Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face; Michael Caine as Alfred; Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel; Gary Oldman as Chief Gordon; Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox; Eric Roberts as Salvatore Maroni; and Heath Ledger as Joker.

Most of the actors were sadly under appreciated in this film, given minor roles. Then, again, it’s about Batman and Joker. The others are simply extras. I wasn’t bowled over or overwhelmed by the movie but I could have watched Ledger all day as the Joker. That little flicker of his tongue when he talked … ewww

No extras on the DVD except a bunch of trailers before the main movie started.

Thanks,
Susi

I’ll double dip this review and hit the captainD Good Movies Write-Off 3 as well as the EPI Lean-n-Mean February Challenge.

Recommended:
Yes

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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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