Dark Knight Duality

IMAX is the way to do it. Honestly. If you have a chance, go and see it IMAX.

As for the movie: I’ve waited a few days to let it marinate or digest a little because I didn’t want to cast judgment immediately. But before you ignite the furnace of fandom outrage, hold tight for a moment.

This movie was my most highly anticipated movie of the summer. I mean, with Batman Begins, how couldn’t I be dying to see Dark Knight? The conclusion that I’ve come to and what’s been holding me up is this: I don’t think Dark Knight is really about Batman in the same sense that Batman Begins was.

Here’s my explanation. How many moments did we have with Bats or Bruce where we really knew what he was thinking or saw how he was even feeling about the Joker or Two-Face or Rachel? Honestly, it seems to me that this movie was more like Rachel or Dent or even the Joker relating the events that transpired instead of being from Batman’s perspective.

Is that a bad thing?

To be honest, I’m not sure. I think I’ll have a chance to see it again this weekend in San Diego and I’m going to go into the movie with the idea that this isn’t a movie about Batman, it’s a movie about the Joker and Harvey Dent. I think only then will I really be able to give it a fair rating as to its overall quality.

Batman Role: B-

However, I am no where near considering that I’d give this movie a complete thumbs down. What I did enjoy immensely as I’m sure did many others was: Heath Ledger as the Joker. So imaginative and innovative and humorous and wonderful. I felt even more saddened that he wouldn’t be making a reappearance (though somehow I’m doubting Nolan would do two Joker movies). Ledger’s performance was phenomenal. Period. He deserves an Oscar solely based on his performance (and I still worry it will be because he died more than that, but hopefully not). So if anything, this movie is worth seeing just for Heath.

The Joker Role: A+

What about the rest of the movie? To be honest, I think some of the problem was too many villains (and I don’t just mean Joker and Two-Face). We’ve got a Chinese investor, the lead mob boss, the Scarecrow, a couple of minor mob bosses, the Joker, and Two-Face–at least six areas to give screen time to. It’s honestly no wonder Bruce seemed a bit elusive. Despite that we’ve got a romance to build between Harvey and Rachel, ties to be made between the Joker and the other criminals and ties to be made between the Chinese investor and the mob bosses. I think the mass amounts of characters took time away from those that really mattered.

Personally, I would have just ditched the Scarecrow, ditched the Chinese investor, and trimmed down Rachel and Harvey. I would have liked to see Bruce getting a little more freaked out by the Joker and maybe even spending some time wondering if the Joker could be right (if they’re so similar to each other). I think I might have preferred Harvey become Two-Face in the next movie. I don’t know, I guess I was hoping for it to be more of a struggle between the Joker and Batman, but at times it almost seemed like the movie was more about the Joker and Two-Face. *shrug*


The Joker: I’m like a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught one.

I’m still in awe of the Joker, still loving Heath Ledger’s performance and will still always appreciate his being a part of Dark Knight. Perhaps a second viewing will help change my thoughts on the film, but for now…

Parents: I’d probably say 10 yrs old and up, depending on your kid, it’s pretty dark and there’s a lot of disturbing themes.
Non-Batman Fans: It’s a bit dark, but if you like “Silence of the Lambs” kinds of movies, you’ll probably enjoy this one.
Batman Fans: You probably already saw it, and if not, do it for the Joker.

Rating: B+

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