Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
We are all aware of the numerous Batman movies that have been created over the past couple of decades. But unlike the majority of those films, Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of Batman takes the Dark Knight to a very dark place. What he has accomplished, in my mind, is a breathe of fresh air amidst the silly plot lines and antics that have littered the previous attempts of bringing Batman to the big screen.
“Batman Begins” was an excellent movie, but it’s successor, “The Dark Knight” is better. In fact, it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. The minute I finished watching it, I wanted to watch it again.
The story is fantastic and involves several characters and plot lines, keeping you guessing and on the edge of your seat, anticipating what happens next, rather than confuse you or leave you lost.
The film introduces the audience to The Joker, Batman’s greatest nemesis thus far in the series. The character had been really hyped and was used almost solely to promote the movie (partly due to the fact that it is the late Heath Ledger’s final performance). But, you know what? It deserves every bit of hype it receives because Ledger’s portrayal and performance does not, in any way, disappoint! It’s one of the elements of the movie that keeps you engaged and enthralled.
The film deals with a lot of heavy subjects, and while the violence isn’t bloody or gory, it does pry into the psyche and will leave some dwelling on the action well after the movie. Perhaps that isn’t a bad thing though. Perhaps the message of the movie is more than just one of good and evil. Perhaps it’s daring venture into the inner most parts of human nature was intended to make us think about what fear, pride, and hate will really do to a person. And if doing what’s right is worth the risk, even if we must take the fall for it.