Wednesday, August 27, 2008


The Dark Knight

This is definitely not a feel-good movie. As a matter of fact it takes a pretty hard look at the dark side of humanity's soul, and to think this is based on comic book characters. Christopher Nolan's second take on the saga of Batman goes a big step further than its predeccesor into the sort of mature, realistic subject matter hinted at in the first film. This is not a movie for kids. As the Joker, Heath Ledger nails the murderous psychopath that Batman fans have been reading about for years, and makes him a truly frightening and haunting character that will stick with you after you leave the theatre. This is one of those movies where the audience files out rather silently at the end, and I've only seen that happen a few times in my entire life. You know that people have been emotionally moved by what they have just witnessed, and this film leaves you a little numbed and a little stunned. Ledger's performance is astounding; that's about the only word I can think of to describe it. This is his movie. All the others are outstanding, as usual, and the makeup job on Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face is something to behold. Where Batman will go from here is anyone's guess, but the Joker isn't finished yet, you can be sure of that!

Marty Murray


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