Directed by Christopher Nolan
Produced by Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas
Written by; Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Story: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan
Characters: Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson
Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman
Music by Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) North America: July 18, 2008, Australia: July 16, 2008, United Kingdom: July 24, 2008
Every once in a while comes a movie which shocks you with something which you never expected, something which you never imagined, something which will reinstall faith in the sequel/comic book movie/big movies business. Yes The Dark Knight is simply a mind blowing experience and one which will surely be an all time favorite for many.
This movie does justice to its theme, its plot, its characters, its nature. Its so good that you are left gasping. You can’t just sometimes believe what you are watching, and don’t be mistaken, its not that its something foolish which is why you can’t believe, no, its because the level of perfection and insanity shown in the movie that you have to say that this is something which you not see that often.
Please visit The Dark Knight page on Wikipedia for the plot.
Lets start with Heath Ledger. Now a true Batman fan knows what Joker is. Joker is all about what a true supervillian is, one who is as sinister as anything can be, ruthless, sharp and many more such villainous qualities. Joker is the biggest foe Batman has ever had. Portraying The Joker is not everyone’s cup of tea. To do justice to him, a person has to fully understand and act to a level which is true to the name. Heath Ledger deserves every accolade out there for his extraordinary work in the film. Not only he has done an unbelieveable job, he has even managed to make you feel, does even the bad guy win sometime? Although good v evil is an age old battle, and Batman does and will win against The Joker. But then the manner in which Heath Ledger portrayed The Joker, its commendable. I never expected this out of him, the solid expressions, the “Why so serious?” dialogue, the sinister laughter (which is a Joker trademark) his makeup, his clothes, everything just added to the effect. I think many will say that Heath Ledger’s untimely and unexpected death right before the movie will make favorable reviews for him or the movie, but no, its his and his work alone which deserves the praise and recognition, because rarely you get to see such level of acting on the big screen. Rarely has one seen anyone getting fully in the groove of a character, and that too of Joker’s stature, that you have to say, that Heath Ledger pulled off a masterpiece.
Christian Bale was good, we didn’t see much of him as Bruce Wayne, more in the form of Batman. He was very good in some scenes. But I have to say that somehow he wasn’t same as he was in Batman Begins, maybe because it was all about him in Batman Begins, and not so in this movie, but anyways a good job. Aaron Eckhart was very impressive as Harvey Dent aka Two-Face. His expressions and dialouges were pretty good. The transformed Dent was very realistic as Two-Face. Great stuff. Michael Caine was again very good, I like his dialouge delivery and style. Maggie Gyllenhaal was kinda ok, I would have loved to see Katie Holmes reprise her role of Rachel Dawes instead of Maggie Gyllenhaal. Katie Holmes was able to look more lively and fitted in the role much better. Gary Oldman was very good as James Gordon and so was Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.
Background music was more or less similar to Batman Begins, because the theme music has to stay the same. But it was again very effective and added to the dark effect of the film. Special effects were very good, action scenes were very nice, and that building demolition scene at the hospital was very good.
All in all a great film which will be liked by the Batman fans, and certainly deserves to be among the best comic book films ever. Its certainly my favorite now.
PS: I saw the movie on Friday, but thanks to my internet not working, I couldn’t post the review earlier.
PPS: Heath Ledger: May your soul rest in peace.