THE DARK KNIGHT-Movie Review

Posted on June 25, 2012

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Why so serious? I don’t know. Why are you so serious, Joker? You’re reading the Buzz About Movies’ review on The Dark Knight.

Before The Avengers, this film was the most successful superhero film of all time. Did it deserve that rank? Yes, but The Avengers tops it off by a lot. Many thought the film should’ve been nominated for Best Picture, and it won an Oscar for Heath Ledger’s portrayal as The Joker.

Here’s what we thought: As the movie opens, you just see a ton of clowns robbing a bank and shooting  everyone (kinda weird). Then we see a ton of Bruce Wayne stuff (gets kind of boring) and you’re like “THIS is The Dark Knight?” Plus, there’s this crazy Chinese sub-plot and you go “Come on!” Then, when The Joker invades Bruce Wayne’s Harvey Dent party, it all starts to heat up. After the Joker threatens Batman by killing people, Batman gives in, but Harvey Dent saves him, taking credit for all of Batman’s crimes. Then, Rachel Dawes (his girlfriend) is all upset with him and some crazy scenes and Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face after the Joker turns him into a crime-guy. After the Batman defeats the Joker, he realizes Two-Face has Jim Gordon’s kids. I won’t spoil the finale for you. The plot was good, but it wouldn’t be an excellent movie without Heath Ledger. His performance shows a passion, something Jack Nicholson didn’t have in his portrayal of the Joker in 1989’s Batman.

Here’s my reviews on the cast:

CHRISTIAN BALE isn’t as good as anyone else in the movie. Heath Ledger takes control of the movie, and Aaron Eckhart is along for the ride. I began to dread long Bruce Wayne talks with Alfred because I wanted Heath Ledger to be on! That’s just it. I hope in The Dark Knight Rises Bale isn’t done over by Tom Hardy. Even though Cillian Murphy and Heath Ledger have done an awesome job as the villains outshining Batman.

 HEATH LEDGER rocks! He is one of my favorite actors. His funny, yet fierce portrayal of the Joker, watching the world burn, is awesome! Ledger cannot be topped by any other acting performance by a villain…period! He was that good! He takes total control of the movie, with some awesome scenes (Why So Serious, Pencil Trick).

AARON ECKHART was good opposite Heath Ledger. He certainly carried his scenes. He was much better as Two-Face then Harvey Dent, however. With Two-Face, he had this snarl when he flipped his coin (Heads or heads). I just wish they established Two-Face more. It felt like “I’m Two-Face!” five seconds before the movie finished. I would’ve loved a half-hour of the Two-Face stuff instead.

 MICHAEL CAINE outshines Bale in every scene. Yet his long talks with Bale get a bit boring when all you want is Joker! I think everyone in The Dark Knight should be jealous of Ledger.

 MAGGIE GYLENHAAL is much better than Katie Holmes at playing Rachel Dawes. She adds more character to the role, but she wasn’t in the film much. I hope the same thing doesn’t happen with Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises.

 GARY OLDMAN is once again solid as Commissioner Gordon. But, still, his character needs a bit more…PIZZAZ! All those police scenes get boring when once again, all you want is more Heath Ledger.

Here’s my overall review:

ENJOYMENT: 10/10

STORY: 9/10

TECHNICAL: 10/10

ACTING: 9/10

VISUALS: 10/10

IMPACT: 7/10

PACING: 7/10

VALIDITY: 10/10

MOOD: 10/10

RE-WATCH: 9/10

Overall, I give this film a: 9.1 (Triple Awesome).

My favorite lines were: “Why so serious”, “Slaughter is the Best Kind of Medicine”, “This city deserves a better class of criminals”, “Your driver wasn’t so lucky.”

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