Review: “The Dark Knight”

I am going to say this and get it out of the way here: Go see this movie.

Yeah, it’s a little blunt but hey, that’s what the majority of the people who have seen this movie will tell you if asked about their overall opinion. Hell, it even exceeded the box office earnings of Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 3. Not because of the recent death of Heath Ledger, but because the Nolan brothers captured something magical in this sequel to the reboot of the Batman movie franchise.

So, what is it? Find out after the jump…

People will remember the Joel Schumacher Batman movies and how thin they were in terms of depth and character development. In other words, they we’re all flash but no flesh. (I hope to god that isn’t a title for an obscure afghani porno…) However, along came the Nolan Brothers and pretty much redefined what a super hero movie should be: Fleshed-out characters, beautiful cinematography, and of course, memorable villains that we like more than the heroes themselves.

In 2005’s Batman Begins, the seeds were planted. It was more critically acclaimed than past attempts at the Batman movie franchise and put more optimism in the diets of many fans of the comic series. Although the movie had its flaws, such as the sense of claustrophobia and weak villains, it was still a good entry to the series.

The Dark Knight took what Begins had developed and evolved it into a great piece of cinema culminating a well-developed story, interesting characters, and of course, The Joker. Yeah, admit it, you payed full price just so you could see Heath Ledger’s beautifully executed rendition of the Joker. Unlike the Jokers played by Cesar Romero and Jack Nicholson, Dark Knight’s Joker was an embodiment of pure evil. A grungy-looking sadist with a blood lust for total anarchy.

The relationship between Bruce Wayne/Batman and the Joker paints a picture of order and total chaos. In short, Bruce wants to keep the sanctity of Gotham while Joker wants to, essentially, burn it down. All of this plays into the inevitable downfall of Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), the city’s beacon of all that is good and prosper. To quote the madman himself, “…I’m a wrench in the gears.”

People whom we’re a little disappointed by the overall setting of Begins will happy to know that Knight is more broad in scope. The movie feels more open and less condensed with the filming of the skyscrapers of Chicago and Hong Kong. Also, the drab sepia/brown tone in Begins is tossed in favor of a more moody blue hue set throughout different parts of the movie.

Some of the supporting character’s roles are well executed. Lt. James Gordon’s (Gary Oldman) character is more developed than when he was first introduced in Batman Begins. Between him, Bruce, and Dent, he can kick ass and hold out on his own. The dynamics between Harvey and Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is alright but personally, I am not a big fan of love triangles in movies involving a homicidal clown and a entrepreneur with awesome gadgets.

All and all though, this is a movie you must see. Forget that Mama Mia! bullshit, this is what you should be wasting your $12 on.

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