Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Dark Knight

A few weeks ago, I was already convinced that Wall-E might be sitting up top among the year's best films come December. Now, amazingly, a second summer blockbuster is giving it some fierce competition. Ladies and gentle-men, I give you Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.

This is a complex, fulfilling, captivating crime spectacle. Once again, the world of Nolan's Batman films centers around organized crime and their continued pursuit to regain control of Gotham from the dark crusader who has put fear into the once fearless. The mob, however, are only concerned with money. A truer and more horrifying evil is at work in The Dark Knight.

What makes Heath Ledger's Joker such a horrifying character is his complete lack of origin, scruples or logical motive. He exists only to cause chaos - to take those who think they are moral and toss them into a world where they can make horrifying decisions. The Joker is what Jigsaw in the Saw films would be if he cared more about pushing people to their limits than about creating a gore-fest.

I'll talk about Ledger for a moment. His performance is really something. Remember his quiet passivity in Brokeback Mountain and you'll realize what a charged and electrifying performance this is. I believe that Ledger would still be getting this level of praise had he not passed away in January. He's captivating and frightening, and I'm looking forward to seeing him up for an Oscar early next year.

The action scenes are intense and not terribly dizzying. You get some car chases, fight sequences, explosions and a game of chicken. You also get a great scene between Batman and the Joker that talks of the fine line between hero and villain.

I'm not good at summarizing the story and picking apart the bits, but I think you get the idea. It looks great, it sounds great, and Ledger is something to witness.

I was lucky enough to see an early screening. If tickets are sold out this weekend, just wait and hope that your friends shut up long enough for you to go in fresh. This is one to see.


David said...

The movie was AMAZING I got to see a pre screening and I wrote a review

patrick said...

kudos to the makers Dark Knight for their record breaking opening weekend... it's no wonder there's talk of another one coming out ASAP