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The Dark Knight movie review

August 7, 2008

The Dark Knight (the newest Batman movie) has only been running for 3 weeks now and it has already become one of the most successful movies of all times. It already holds 27 box office records with probably more to come. Of course this is partly due to the hype that was created around the movie after the death of Heath Ledger, but I can honestly say that it deserves the success. Batman Begins was the first of Christopher Nolan’s Batman adaptation. His take on the superhero myth is very “down to earth” and lacks most of the cheesy tongue-in-cheek references from the previous films. That is one of the reasons, why Nolan’s Batman feels “possible” and not over the top.

Let’s talk about the movie now. I was happy to see that the previously released six minute long prequel video (which was supposed to be only in IMAX versions of the film) made it into our copy. I don’t know if it was part of the movie all along, but it is a great introduction to the two-hour-and-forty minute long epic. When the Joker first appears I actually got goose bumps. As I said yesterday, Heath Ledger manages to be very true to the Joker we learned to love and hate in the comics, but at the same time he introduces an element of maniacal creepiness, which makes him very unique. Christian Bale delivers a steady performance as Batman and Bruce Wayne. His portrayal of Wayne as an arrogant spoiled playboy is reminiscent of his role as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Aaron Eckhart plays Harvey Dent, the incorruptible D.A. of Gotham City, who plans to rid the streets of organized crime. The only part I didn’t completely like was Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes.

As I don’t want to spoil anything, for those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet, I’ll finish this review by saying: This is definitely the best superhero movie that was ever made. It stays very close to the original vision of Batman and it is as dark as it should be. The movie is an absolute must-see. Bob Kane would be proud!

The Dark Knight on Rotten Tomatoes

The Dark Knight on IMDB

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