What can be said about The Dark Knight that hasn’t been said before? I’m not sure, but I’m going to try and offer my take on Christopher Nolan’s latest bat-masterpiece (I’m going to try and keep the “bat-insert something random here” jokes to a minimum, I promise, I just needed to get it out of my system). I’ll tackle the movie itself as well as offering my insight/hopes for the inevitable next portion of the trilogy.
So, like many people around the country
, I attended a midnight showing of TDK after work and a viewing of Batman Begins on HD-DVD. Needless to say, I was ready to see Batman continue the good fight when midnight rolled around. Boy was I not let down.
From the opening scene until the title’s not so subtle “revelation” in the final act, I was blown away. My eyes were glued to the screen the whole time. The first thing I told my buddies when we left the theater was that I wanted to turn around and see it again (I’m waiting to see it in IMAX this week for that). For me, that’s about as much initial praise as a film can muster. I literally don’t recall the last time I had that thought. But why did I like it so much? Let me tell you my thoughts. My thoughts, let me tell you them.
Many have complained that Christian Bale’s Batman voice is grating and ruins the movie for them (or at least his performance therein) but I still don’t have a problem with it. Yes, I noticed it as I watched it (mostly because I read online prior to seeing it how people were already complaining ‘bout it) but it really didn’t ruin anything for me. I figure if I was Gotham’s princely son and I was gallivanting around at night beating up criminals that I wouldn’t want to sound anything like myself. Plus, I’d wanna do my best to sound angry and pissed off all the time to intimidate people. It may get to some, but I don’t see it as a problem. I mean, it’s better than taking his glasses off and messing up his hair or something stupid like that. (Zing!)
Overall Bale was great (as always) despite being outshined by some of the other supporting cast members.
Everything else in the movie was great, too. It offered up a nice mix of action scenes and nail bitingly tense moments where you truly didn’t know what was going to happen. The only major complaint I can leverage at it is that Nolan doesn’t quite “get” fight scenes yet. The quick editing and camera cuts during the fight scenes were jarring and made them all difficult to follow (if not increasingly fast-paced, like I mentioned before). If he could slow these specific moments down to show off Batman’s fighting style (and new suit, which barely seemed any more open to movement thanks to the fight pace) it would go a long way to show just how skilled and brutal Bats can be.
Otherwise, playing the film off as a truly great crime drama that happened to have an iconic super hero in it was great. Nolan can’t be praised enough for making these movies accessible, true to the characters, and overall appealing in every sense of the word. If you haven’t seen it, go see it. If you have, go see it again. I know I am.
If you like what I have to say, feel free to check out my second write up
and how I think the movies' arc(s) should continue! Thanks.