All I can say is “wow” to this movie. And I’ll supplement that with a quote from Spinal Tap… “This One Goes to Eleven…” 150 minutes of build, catch your breath, build again cycles — every time you catch your breath and think they’ve reached a climax, they hit the next gear.
Ledger deserves at least an Oscar nod, preferably the dang award. Nolan should get a best director nod. And Nolan & Goyer should win for best screenplay.
Yes, it’s that good.
Without giving anything away that hasn’t been shared in the trailers… the movie picks up a year after the first movie ended. Crime is down. Gotham has a new White Knight of a District Attorney. And Batman has been making an impact.
But criminal forces are shifting. A new player is in town – calling himself the Joker – and he’s causing trouble for cops and the mob equally. What’s scarier is he has a vision for the future of Gotham City…
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All the gang is back from Batman Begins. Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Batman. Michael Caine as Alfred. Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Gary Oldman as Lt. Jim Gordon. And they’ve changed a face from the old crew — Rachel Dawes, played by Katie Holmes, is now played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. She does a great job of stepping into those shoes as an Assistant D.A.
There’s some new faces also, including Anthony Michael Hall as reporter Mike Engel and Nestor Carbonell as the Mayor of Gotham. And it goes without saying that Heath Ledger is there as the Joker, in one of his final performances before his untimely death.
But beyond the amazing cast that was assembled and Heath Ledger’s amazing performance was the story… Exploring themes of growth vs. decay, the corruptibility of man, and what it takes to be the hero who’s needed, but not necessarily wanted. Heady topics.
Nolan has painted a masterpiece with this movie. It’s going to be tough to top with another one.
A scale of zero to 4 just doesn’t cut it. This one goes to 11.
Go see this at the theater — IMAX or your standard theater will do — and hold on to your seats. It’s one hell of a ride.
p.s. Oh and one more thing… Here are some reviews some friends of mine and from around the web…
- ‘The Dark Knight’ The Sizzling Review
- The Dark Knight (Theaters)
- Harry Spends a dark night with the DARK KNIGHT
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