The Dark Knight…Finally

31 07 2008

This is for all three of you that have been waiting to hear my review of TDK.

After many months of waiting and the ever-building suspense, The Dark Knight has made its surely lasting impression on the world of film, the lives of so many movie connoisseurs, and comic book lovers alike. I remember watching Batman Begins and thinking to myself, “This is the greatest comic book adaptation ever made and the movie industry will be hard-pressed to release anything better.” Thankfully, I was premature in my thoughts. The second installment in the series is far and above…I repeat, far and above, the best comic book adaptation ever made. The comparison is not even fair.

So here goes my review of the film (in honor of the now defunct Cinema Standard site)…

Film Title: The Dark Knight
Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 152 minutes
Film Genres: Action / Adventure / Comic Book / Crime / Drama / Hero / Thriller
Director: Christopher Nolan
Producers: Kevin De La Noy, et al.
Writers: Jonathan and Christopher Nolan (screenplay) / Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer (story) / Bob Kane (characters)

  • Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne / Batman
  • Heath Ledger as The Joker
  • Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent / Two-Face
  • Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes
  • Gary Oldman as Lt. James Gordon
  • Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox

Plot: A demented and mutilated murderer with the fitting moniker of The Joker has begun a deadly string of crimes in Gotham City. Gotham’s new DA, Harvey Dent, has promised a curb to the city’s crime. Dent praises the Batman for his vigilante ways, but the people are not so happy and the crime bosses in the city will do whatever it takes to get rid of both the pesky DA and the seemingly unstoppable Batman…even if it means joining forces with the likes of the insane.
Acting: Ever since my introduction to Christian Bale as John Preston in Equilibrium, I have been impressed with his skill as an actor. He has mastered many diverse roles: Patrick Bateman, the unassuming and maniacal murderer in American Psycho; Alfred Borden, the bewildered magician in The Prestige; and Dan Evans, the mild-mannered father who would turn in the fastest gun in the West in 3:10 to Yuma. But now he will forever be most well known as Batman. Sorry Keaton, Kilmer, and Clooney but you guys are to be spoken of only in jest concerning the caped crusader (if that wasn’t already the case). Bale captures the hero in his most raw form.
One cannot mention the acting efforts in the film and not speak of Heath Ledger (I mourn with you all). The character of The Joker is, in my opinion, the single greatest portrayal of a villian in cinema. I’m not saying that The Joker himself is the greatest villain of all time, but Ledger does the best job of capturing the pure insanity of his role. The scene in the holding cell…yes…incredible.
Lastly, the supporting cast is amazing. Not impressed with Maggie Gyllenhaal, but she was ok. Caine, Freeman, Eckhart and Oldman were phenomenal. Each one was cast perfectly for their part, especially Oldman. Bravo!
Cinematography: Really great sweeping shots, lots of action and fast movement
Visual: To go with the title, the movie was dark..visually dark, but this fits well with the plot and the ever-increasing hopelessness of the situation for Batman and DA Dent.
Audio: A great movie needs great sound and TDK delivers
When I watched it: Saturday, July 19 (with the entire youth track of Table Rock Family Camp)
What to watch for: Superb acting and direction, Batman and The Joker the way they were meant to be portrayed, too many positives to list
What to watch out for: Above-the-PG-13-rating violence, the seriously demented Joker
IMDB Rating: 9.4 out of 10; #1 on the Top 250 Movies of All Time
Roger Ebert Rating: 4 out of 4 stars; “a haunted film that leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy”
My Overall Rating: 9.5 out of 10; This is honestly one of the best movies I have ever had the honor of watching




3 responses

31 07 2008

hey! I totally agree with your ratings! I was floored by this movie…b/c I am not gonna lie…I wasn’t expecting it to be THAT great….but WOW!

So why is Cinema Standard now “defunct” as you would say?

1 08 2008

I’m with you there. I thought the final dialogue between Gordon and his son was a bit much considering I got the point of what Batman is doing. But I agree with the high rating.

1 08 2008
Jon Brady

I haven’t blogged on Cinema Standard since January 3 and Jason quit posting in March of last year, so I would call that “defunct”. It was really cool while it lasted.

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