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

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The Dark Knight

  • Nov 29, 2010
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This is one of the best comic book movies ever made. I like the 1989 Batman film better and I always will, but I can't really compare the two because this is great in its own way and will go down as its own creation, and defnitely as a great one.

This is a comic book movie for everyone, and marketing to children had little to nothing to do with anything. This is a movie strictly for adults, and even people who don't like comic book movies can find something they like about this movie. It's kept moving forward from Batman Begins with it's dark storyline, complex characters, and action-packed scenes that keep the audience on their toes while still being a smart movie, not just mindless action.

The mostly-male ensemble cast does a fantastic job, as they did as well in Batman Begins. By that, I mean that the cast is almost entirely made up of men, with the exception of Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes and some Russian ballet dancers. Christian Bale is still my second-favourite batman, and the rest of the supporting cast did extremely well, singling out Gary Oldman, who is such a powerhouse actor that he can make a small supporting role so powerful and developed.

Our antagonists, both primary and secondary, both do a spectacular job. In fact, our secondary antagonist doesn't even start out as a bad guy, he's just a villain of circumstance. Our primary villain is of course, the Joker, played brilliantly by Heath Ledger. I, at first was not looking forward to Heath playing the Joker. I thought he was far too much of a pretty boy to play one of the greatest villains of all time. When I saw this in theatres, I was completely blown away.

Just a little side note about the Jokers. It really bugs me when people say that Heath is better than Jack or Jack is better than Heath. They are both great, but you can't compare them, because it would be comparing apples and oranges. Jack is far more creepy and much funnier as the Joker in the 1989 film. Not only is Heath funny as the Joker, but he's also far less creepy and much more disturbing and terrifying.

I do have some problems with this movie, namely being that it overanalyses everything and seems more like a character study than an actual three-act movie. The only other problem I had was that the entire third act just seemed like one big climax. It was pretty much action scene after action scene after action scene. Wouldn't Batman get tired? But I digress, those were the only two problems I had, everything else was fantastic.

Once again, Christopher Nolan hasn't failed to please me and made Batman fans put their faith in him to not let them down.  This is one of three Christopher Nolan movies I have seen (the other two being Inception and Batman Begins) and every single one I have loved. I am also greatly anticipating The Dark Knight Rises. .

If you haven't seen this movie, get in your car, drive to Blockbuster, and rent it NOW. It is a definite must see for anyone. It will definitely go down in history and it won't be forgotten. One of those rare sequels that manages to outdo its predecessor in every way, not unlike Spiderman 2. I can hardly wait for the third movie, not only to hear the villain, but to see what Nolan will do to finish this franchise. All in all, a brilliant film that will definitely not be forgotten

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December 01, 2010
Great review!

It's great too that you managed to say what problems you had with attitudes towards the film and yet kept the five star rating. I still need to get the DVD. I"ve loved this film, it's so dark and makes you think.

I sent you an invite to my comics community.

Looking forward to more of your reviews!
 
November 30, 2010
Excellent review once again.
 
November 29, 2010
Solid review, but I tend to disagree on the greatness of the film. Nolan's films to me seem to be geared toward an uninvolved audience, and I think that's a major weakness to THE DARK KNIGHT as well as BATMAN BEGINS. Don't get me wrong: I think that they're very well made technically ... I just don't much care for his stories, though I'll give you that they're mostly far and above vastly superior to the Tim Burton outings, which had their own limited strengths. I'll also say that as a very very very long time Batman reader and fan that I can appreciate what Nolan has done for the Dark Knight cinematically; I just prefer the world of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES because it aligns much closer to the original intent of the Bats. Just my two cents.
 
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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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