July 25th, 2008
The Dark Knight

We went to see Batman: The Dark Knight the other day. I haven’t written a post about it because it’s the type of film you have to think about for a few days. Everything the reviewers have said about the movie is true. It’s extremely intense, gritty, dark and not particularly fun. Note I didn’t say it wasn’t good. It was a damn fine film. It examines what it really means to be a hero and how far a good man can be pushed before he crosses a line. The latter is the undercurrent that keeps the film flowing along for two and a half hours. It includes main characters and secondary characters. It makes you question where your line in the sand is and how hard it would be to get you to cross it. You might think it would take a lot, but in all actuality it takes very little. Just the ‘right’ kind of motivation. Like I said, it’s a deep film One that’s well worth seeing. If you have the chance go, but don’t expect to leave the theater on a positive note. It’s not that kind of movie. Oh, one final note, everything they said about Heath’s performance was true. It was utterly brilliant, which makes it that much more sad when you see him. Truly talented. He had quite the future ahead of him. 🙁

Have any of you seen the movie? If so, what did you think?

8 comments to “The Dark Knight”

  1. I saw it earlier in the week too, and loved it.

    I think people have to go into the movie knowing there is a lot of hype, and yes everyone says it lives up to the hype, which, ironically, sort of hypes it more. But honestly, it was great. Christian Bale rocked as Batman. And I love that in this movie Alfred and Gordon are really given a chance to step up and shine. I also think Maggie Gylenhall does a great job as Rachel. (Better than
    Katie Holmes, IMO)

    There is violence, but it’s not blood and gore. It’s mostly explosions and gunshots, and your own imagination that really brings it home. The most questionable (as in should kids
    see it) thing shown is two face..and that’s all I’ll say because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone.

    The theme of “How far do you go…or how far will a “good” person go?” is something I love. that sort of philisopical thing that gets one thinking.

    When I think of Heath Ledger, who I’ve always loved, in my mind I see him as as he was in 10 Things I Hate About You or A Knight’s Tale. I found it hard to watch the Joker and know it’s him under that make up, which I think makes a statement in itself for the acting.

    A great job by all involved from writing, filming to acting.

  2. I’m scared to see it. *hugs teddy bear* No, seriously, I don’t doubt it’s brilliant, but I’m way too imaginative and my memory retains visuals far too well and I have learned that if I expose myself to disturbing material/visuals, it will stay with me forever. My husband went to see it and said, “You don’t want to see this movie.” He knows me very well.

  3. Thought it was awesome and haven’t stopped talking it up to everyone I get a chance to do so. 😛

  4. Sasha, I thought Maggie did a terrific job and really agree with everything you said. My favorite Heath movies are the two you mentioned, but he was riveting in this role.

  5. Charli, I tend to hang onto things. I’m still freaked over Gladiator. *ggg* Can’t hardly hear the theme music without tearing up. LOL! If you’re that sensitive, then you’ll probably have issues with the movie. Like Sasha said, not much stays on the screen when it comes to the violence, but it’s certainly implied.

  6. Vanessa, Ditto. 🙂

  7. I will see Batman eventually. Thanks for the review. Every time I hear the ‘Gladiator’ music, I see the sunny field scene with Crowe walking along, his hand brushing over tops of the wheat.

  8. Bernard, I picture that scene and the guy burying the little doll in the arena. So sad.