Wednesday Movie Night: The Dark Knight (2008)

Bruce Wayne continues his vigilance of trying to save Gotham city from it’s fall into crime, and this one the leagues of villains are just getting badder. The Joker is one of the worst with his no holds bar way of terrorizing. He is only in it for the pleasure he gets from evil. It isn’t about money, or power, just torturing people. So Batman finds himself pushed to the brink of breaking his promise to seek justice for everyone the right way when he meets The Joker. Not only that but he is in a fight to protect Harvey Dent, the one who might be capable of turning the city around, and his girlfriend.

I thought when I saw this movie first that I had missed a good portion, but it turns out I was wrong. I had watched most of it. Anyways, I’m glad I took this second time out to watch it because for some reason I enjoyed it a lot more. The action, the pacing, the tone, and the acting just felt so right. I think Christopher Nolan was just spot on with this one.

I’m not sure why, but this movie seems two times more depressing than what Nolan was probably even shooting for. I think Heath Ledger‘s death really cast a mood over this movie that on one makes it difficult to watch, but also so mesmerizing.  I will say though that Christian Bale‘s choice of voice for Batman takes some getting use to, but I have to say that it is memorable, and after awhile it becomes suiting enough to become staple to that character. I think anyone trying to make reboot of these movies is going to have a heck of a time doing it. Not only did Nolan do some great directing, but the actors became these characters. The only one who sort of flops in the movie as far as fitting in is Maggie Gyllenhaal. It’s not that her acting is terrible, but for some reason there just isn’t any chemistry with anyone that she should have chemistry with.  We also have Aaron Eckhart, as Two-Face. He was by far probably the most complex, intriguing character to me.

As I said earlier, though this is almost a three hour movie, the pacing felt just right. You have quite a few stories to follow, but the way it flows keeps you watching. The tone stays consistent. I think it was a good idea to start us off in the action, and then just keep it rolling from there.

I’m still trying to figure out why I enjoyed it like I did this time. It fun at times, and then dark at others. All the morbid deaths probably along with the most shocking of all. I can’t say I’m sold on Batman, but this one puts most of the prior ones to shame except Tim Burton’s, which is a classic in another way. Any follow ups to this one is going to have a heck of time.

Rating 4 of 5.

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