Be warned, I am not intending to spoil anything but you read at your own risk.
Summary: Batman and James Gordon join forces with Gotham's new District Attorney, Harvey Dent, to take on a psychotic bank robber known as The Joker, whilst other forces plot against them, and Joker's crimes grow more and more deadly.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, and Heath Ledger
My rating: 8.5 out of 10
Up until this point in time, I never found comic book movies to be worth while. They are huge box office draws but they were never done right, they never did true justice to the comics themselves. Often they were made simply for the money or the just fell flat on their faces. The Dark Knight is by far the best comic book film ever made but don't let the fact that it's a 'comic' movie fool you. The Dark Knight is much more then that and it stands alone as an amazing movie. Everything about this movie is excellent from the solid direction to the spot on acting. The effects and fighting is superb and the movie has a haunting score which helps to accent pivitol moments in the movie.
The acting in this film truly is top notch and I'm not just referring to Heath Ledger. Almost every actor in this movie delivers an excellent performance, even the smaller roles are all amazingly well acted. The highlights of this film include Aaron Eckhart (Thank You For Smoking), Christian Bale (American Psycho), Morgan Freeman (Shawshank Redemption), Gary Oldman (Leon) and of course the late Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain). I really could spend all day about how great Heath Ledger was but you all know this I'm sure. I'll assure you he is excellent and he does the Joker justice. As a huge Batman fan I loved what he did with the role and he makes for easily the greatest movie villain of all time. A likeable sociopath who truly does scare you. Other strong actors are Christian Bale who really nailed Batman and Bruce Wayne down this time. All the faults and kinks he had his first time around were ironed out and he truly has become Batman. Gary Oldman really stood out to me, he was amazing as Lt. James Gordan. His acting was well done and he was great to see on screen. Aaron Eckhart was the pleasant surprise in this movie. I thought he was confined to being somewhat comedic but he was really steller here and played his role with heart. Two-face is an amazing villain, Eckhart played him very well and I jumped the first time I heard him speak as a villain.
This film looks amazing. The special effects are just top notch as they should be when your budget is as sky high as it was for this film. Explosions rock the theater and the gunshots are all booming. The theater literally shakes whenever the explosions occur and this really brings the movie to life. The fighting and action sequences are among the best in film history. There are many scenes of action and all of them are excellent to say the least. None of them are excessively hectic like in Batman: Begins and are all beautifully choreographed. Every single punch and yelp of pain is really amazing, the bass just comes through and it just feels right. The theater experience really makes this movie a ride, if you can see it in theaters rather then on your TV at home. It'll still be great at home but it'll lose its punch, no pun intended.
What sets The Dark Knight apart from it's counter-parts is the fact it is so dark. This is no kid's movie and the demographic at the theater I was in represents that. Almost everyone is over 18 with the exception of a few teenagers like myself there. This movie is amazingly dark and explores a variety of themes which are relevant in modern society. This movie is excellent and should be seen by anyone, fans of Batman will love it, fans of cinema are sure to enjoy it. It's an excellent summer blockbuster and the two and a half hours just flies by. The story is captivating and the movie will have you on the edge of your seat. Christopher Nolan has crafted a tale and movie that brings Batman from the crap (Jim Carey as the Riddler? Come on) it once was to a serious and great movie.
Simply put, you'd be hard pressed to find a better comic book movie