Jables: Wow. What can be said about this movie. The first movie in the "reboot" Batman franchise was an outstanding success in the geek community and normal movie goers community alike. It was a slightly more down to earth and realistic comic book movie than everyone was accustomed to. Then the sequel was announced. There was an uproar when Heath Ledger was announced as the Joker. American geeks were shocked as to why this nobody from Australia, from that crappy teen movie Ten Things I Hate About You, was going to play one of the greatest comic book villains ever. But Heath stuck it to them in the end.
Quantom: I actually didn't really love Batman Begins. I thought the pace was pretty off and it plodded along in parts. It was worth all the setup and character building though, because it meant we got this great flick.
Ok the movie. Amazing. You can't really call it a comic book movie. It's an action movie to be sure but not really one that can be over looked by non action movie fans or cinema hipsters. It is near perfect film-making on display. Christopher Nolan is a genius. (We will get to Inception at a later date
|Bale before he takes on the dodgy Batman voice|
So Rachel dies and Harvey and Batman are both pretty cut up. Joker then decides to blow up some boats while Harvey, all cut up about Rachel being dead and all, decides to blame Gorden by kidnapping his family. Shit goes down and Batman saves the day. Straight forward story yes but damn it's an enjoyable ride.
What did I like?
Like? More like love. The Cast. Amazing. Bale, Freeman, Ledger, Caine, Eckhart and Gary 'Fucking' Oldman. These are all powerhouses when it comes to acting. Bale does a serviceable job here, Freeman, Caine and Eckhart are just their great selves but Ledger is amazing as the Joker (in his Oscar winning performance) and Gary Oldman is just fucking Gary Oldman.
|Gary Fucking Oldman|
Totally agree Quantom. Joker steals the show yet again.
The action is amazing. Nolan delivers every time.
The dude does know how to make a great action scene. Dark Knight features really awesome chase scenes, great fights, and some really brutal bits (magic trick anyone?)
What didn't I like?
These are really just nitpicking here.
The whole ferry scene. Who will blow up who? Surely in real life someone would have snatched the detonator and pressed the bottom. You can't tell me that there isn't a crim there that wouldn't want to stay alive.
"I'LL DO IT! Actually no I won't..."
|Still way better than Superman|
So ridiculously over the top. I don't know whose idea it was to have Bale speaking like that, but come on. We can barely understand what is being said. I am fully expecting in the sequel to have Batman's voice a low frequency warble with subtitles at the bottom.
|You can't understand Batman in this whole scene|
The killing of Two-Face. Seriously. You had the perfect set up for an amazing villain to continue into the third movie and you kill him off without even a whimper.
Yeah, could have set it up perfectly into the third movie. I get that the point was to have the Joker sort of "win", but it still would have been a lead in. Instead we get Catwoman. Lol.
|Great Two-Face effects that are wasted|
8.5/10 for me. A well grounded comic book movie that made you forget that you were watching a Batman flick. An extremely enjoyable action movie.
I give it 8.5 "I'm Batman" out of 10.
PS. I hate to think this but, would Heath have won an Oscar if he hasn't passed away? I think is performance was amazing and all geeks and nerds around the world would have been blown away by it no matter what, but did his death overshadow his performance?
I can't comment on some of the nominations in the supporting category but Milk, Doubt and Revolutionary Road seem like more Academy friendly movies than the Dark Knight. Also, Robert Downey Jnr in Tropic Thunder was amazing.
I loved Heath in The Dark Knight. I love Heath in almost all his movies, Two Hands being one of this best, but I hate to think what would have happened come Oscar time if he hadn't died.
"Mr Old" was way out of line.