July 20, 2008

The Dark Knight

Yesterday I watched The Dark Knight on the big screen...and believe me, if you only see one movie in the theater this year, it's gotta be the new Batman!

This is, hands down, the best Batman movie ever made. Some people are calling this one of the best movies of all time, and though that may be a bit of a stretch, currently it's the top movie on IMDB's list.

Gotham is putting the squeeze on the mob, lead by Batman and Gordon. The mob's attempts to fight back are failing, so they enlist the help of the Joker, who turns the whole world upside down.

Heath Ledger's performance is amazing. His Joker is not the harmless prankster from the 60s, he's (as the character was originally depicted in comics) a psychopathic murderer with a twisted and morbid sense of humor. There's an unnerving piece of music they play in many of the Joker's scenes, which helps to remind the audience just how dangerous this lunatic is.

The other actors in this film are great, the story's tight (as far as action film stories go), and overall it's very satisfying.

For more on this movie, /film has this great, spoiler-free review.


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