Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The Dark Knight Review (Minor Spoilers)
Those of you who frequent my page, or so much as glance at in passing curiosity as you porous your friends will have notice my extremely high anticipation for The Dark Knight. obviously I'm one of a huge number of Americans that wanted to see TDK enough that the flick dominated all of the box office records (1 Midnight showing of all time, 1 Opening boxoffice of all time, and now 1 on www.imdb.com Top 250).
Dark Knight was almost everything a comic book movie should be. Nolan in crew proves that genre doesn't need to be generic.
From the depth of its characters, to the intensity of its scenes, The Dark Knight had me, and the sold out IMAX attentively following its dynamic story. Christian Bale returned stronger than before both as Wayne and Batman. He played out Waynes desire for justice and the torturing feart that he may be an attractor to the insane, points constantly brought up in the comics, as well as most other Batman mediums.
His raspy interpretation of Batman's voice was most definitely my least favorite aspect of this flick, as well as its predecessor Batman Begins, albeit in Dark Knight he takes it easy in some scenes.
I just can't get into it, it sounds too fake, laughably fake, not monstrous and intimidating. Kevin Conroy, the voice actor for Batman: The Animated Series, had the best version, slipping from the posh, prep dialect of Wayne to a harder, gruffer sounding Batman. Conroy's version of Batman's voice echoed anger, vengeance, and loneliness.
Bale's sounds like the lead singer of a metal band who hasn't realized he can't sing metal.
This isn't to say his performance is any less magnificent, Bale depicts the brooding Batman wonderfully, from the fight scenes, to Wayne's faux naivity and loneliness.
The introduction of Harvey Dent was prepared and executed the way it should be: A determined hero doomed from the start. Aaron Eckhart gives us his best role ever, creating the strong willed District Attorney targeted by the mobs wrath, and the Joker's tests. Without giving anything away, his descent into the madman Two-Face is stunning and sad. You feel for his character, and when Dent finally succumbs, it isn't like being introduced to a new villian, its the catastrophic defeat of a powerfully driven character.
This transformation is a testament to smart writing and great acting.
The most powerful element out of this cornucopia of stars and filmmakers was the performance by the late Heath Ledger as the Joker.
Ledger was never on that screen, he WAS the Joker. I've heard that phrase before, but this is the first time I feel like I can say/type it. Every psychotic entrance by the clown prince of crime was scary, funny, and so intense, you couldn't pull your eyes away.
I've never seen a portrayal of an already loved character be created in such a unique way. Decade old fans of the Joker can receive a brand new story depicting the ever loved villain.
Ledger deserves the oscar, as well as many standing ovations.
However, it is very sad to think we'll never get a chance to see Ledger step into those clown shoes again, but whoever else takes up the purple suit has some big ones to fill.
Not everyone will enjoy this movie, but I can say that will be limited to the impatient. It has everything a summer blockbuster should offer in terms of entertainment, but the capacity of art in this film allows it to top even the heavy hitting classics.
TDK doesn't leave you with a lot of unanswered questions, and keeps a road paved for a third installment.
Still, if they chose to end the Nolanfied world of Batman with this masterpiece, I'd be more than happy to except this awesome film as its conclusion.