Sunday, September 07, 2008

"Why so serious?"

We were late to the bandwagon, but last night LC and I saw The Dark Knight.

Wow. Just wow.

It's every bit as good as everyone has said it would be. While there are plenty of special effects to enjoy, director Christopher Nolan uses good old character development and interplay to advance the plot, which is anything but predictable.

If the late Heath Ledger doesn't win the Best Actor Oscar for this, something is seriously wrong. He plays a psychopathic Joker to the hilt, a Joker who doesn't telegraph his real intentions. Unlike Cesar Romero or Jack Nicholson, this Joker is to be feared. For his part, Ledger admitted he got very little sleep while playing the "clown." That may well have played a part in his eventual suicide; we'll never know for sure.

It would have been easy for Nolan to make Christian Bale's Batman a caricature, but he comes across as fresh and human -- when and where he has to be. The supporting cast is strong, with Michael Caine playing a most convincing Alfred, Aaron Eckhart a principled Harvey Dent, and Maggie Gyllenhaal as his girlfriend who also has a past with Bruce Wayne. Gyllenhaal is attractive, but why the permanent circles under her eyes? Oh, well. And even in a bit role, Morgan Freeman shines, as he usually does.

Rating: 10 out of 10.


Mom2BJM(Amy) said...

Have not seen this yet.. 13yo Son wants to go see with a friend, but I'm not so sure about it yet..

(yes, and it's been out HOW long?)