The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight is a superhero/drama film.  The hero Batman, Lieutenant Gordon, and newly appointed DA Harvey Dent are forced to deal with the chaos unleashed by an anarchist mastermind known as The Joker, who continues to drive each of these men to their furthest limits.  It stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman.  The film is directed by film master Christopher Nolan, written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, and produced by Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, and Christopher Nolan.  (Running Time: 152 minutes)(Rated PG-13 for intense action violence and some menace)

This is one of my favorite films of all time.  Period.  So how can I put that into words that won’t sound like gibberish or mumblings from a film-lover like myself?  I’m not too sure myself…..

Once again, I must announce the respect and pure enjoyment and appreciation I have for Christopher Nolan’s talent to create an action-packed-amazing-dramatic-twisting-unexpected-unique-original movie like he seems to do very well!  His stories move into the physiological in a totally different way then it has ever been explored before, combining that with a new yet loyal-to-the-comic-book Batman.  He introduces both old and new elements in The Dark Knight then what was created in Batman Begins (the previous film in this trilogy planned).  And I like the turn he took with it.  He and his brother, Jonathan, wrote a fantastic screenplay that deserve some of the highest praise I can ever bestow on a movie–and that’s quite a lot to say.

In this second installment in this Batman trilogy, we also are given a different perspective on a twisted, evil, yet brilliant villain known only as The Joker.  The Joker is played by none other then the familiar hunk, Heath Ledger.  Heath had been in a dozen or so films up till this point, fairly known both with the audience (especially the young females who sighed to his presence on screen) and the critics; he had been nominated for an Oscar before this epic superhero flick.  After being given the part, this is how the story went: Heath locked himself in a hotel room and didn’t come out for almost a month, devoting all his time to writing things in a journal about his character and becoming the sinister criminal.  In this film, Heath showed the talent he had cooped up inside himself up until then and rightly deserves high praise for his role; he is definitely one of the most creepiest and disturbing bad guys I have ever seen in a movie, and that is extremely hard to pull off, I dare say!  He one the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role as The Joker, but it was bestowed upon him posthumously, because he died before the film’s release.

Oh, and the rest of the acting for The Dark Knight was amazing, by the way!

Production design (sets) were very well constructed and well-themed, as well as the fantastic cinematography!  The imagery the camera produced was outstanding and I really enjoy their Director of Photography, Wally Pfister.  The music must be noted as well, bringing a feel of power, illumination, darkness, and mystery which could not be composed in such away unless you are music-masters like Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard!  If you like movie soundtracks (I love ’em), you will most definitely want to pick this particular one up!  It won’t be a waste of your time!

The film was met with open arms; it was critically acclaimed and a box office smash, grossing $1,001,921,825 on a not-too-shavy $185 million dollar budget.  It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two for Best Supporting Actor and Best Sound Editing.  (It should have been nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Director, though!)

Oh, geez…in the end, I would give this a pretty solid 7 out of 7 stars.

I tip my hat to such a masterpiece.  For its strong acting, well-themed sets, dark-textured cinematography, amazingly well-written script, and extremely-superb directing by Christopher Nolan who is one of the few master filmmakers of our time.  A new Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, or John Ford that other filmmakers can learn from and follow.

Yes, this is an amazing, amazing movie you need to see if you haven’t yet.  I tell you once again and will say it profusely over and over again, it will not be a waste of your time.


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