Thursday, July 31, 2008
the Dark Knight.
Well, I finally saw it. And there's not much I can really say about this movie that hasn't already been said. Is it the greatest film of all time? No, its not. But it does represent something really cool, and that's the coming together of a group of really talented filmmakers and actors who have taken source material that is inherently stupid - that is, a man dressing up in a bat suit and beating up criminals - but treated it in an intelligent, adult way, resulting in a final product that is both entertaining and thought provoking, and is still making absolutely fucking insane amounts of money.
On top of that, you have Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker who automatically becomes one of the most iconic screen villains of all time; I was absolutely mesmerized by him for every second he was on the screen, and its really quite sad that we'll never seem him reprise this character, or act in another film ever again. Although pretty much every performance gets completely overshadowed by Ledger, the rest of the cast was amazing, especially Aaron Eckhart who I thought was fucking fantastic as Harvey Dent. He gets just as much screen time as Christian Bale in this movie, and he really makes you believe in this character, and that adds a lot of weight to the unspeakably tragic story arc this guy has in the Batman universe.
So all in all, my hat is off to Christopher Nolan, he wasn't given an easy task to reinvent this franchise, which had been absolutely destroyed by Joel Schumacher, and the campy ridiculousness of the previous two films. But with good writing, completely perfect casting, and his usual skill behind the camera, (which has grown exponentially since his first major film only a few years ago,) Nolan has managed to make an instant classic: an Oscar-worthy crime drama about a dude in a bat suit. Amazing.
And now I've gone and said a bunch of things about the movie that have already been said hundreds of times but much more reputable sources than myself. I was seriously trying not to do that.