First off, this definitely was a great movie. No question. An actually fairly simple plot coupled with deep emotional and psychological underpinnings. Fantastic elements of drama and crime, and some amazing acting by all parties. However, I couldn't help but feel throughout the film that this was WAY OVERHYPED. I can understand the excitement about Heath Ledger, who was already getting rave reviews before his death. But upon his untimely death, what was hype, became this uncontrollable flood of excitement that I think has really washed over peoples' minds. I am not sure there would be this much excitement or praise if Heath had not passed away. The first hour for me was SO slow. I understood the need to set up the plot, characters, etc... but it felt so much like a courtroom drama, that I forgot I was watching a super-hero flick. Now don't get me wrong. I LOVE that this was dark, visceral and more of a realistic crime drama. BUT I do think we still need to feel some sense of fantasy. I think the film got so wrapped up in being a really serious drama at times, that it forgot to entertain and bring Batman into the spotlight as an amazing hero. Let's have Batman do a bit more than kicking and punching. I'd like to see a slightly more dynamic Batman. As for the action, there are a couple of spectacular sequences. But again, they fell short of greatness to me. I constantly felt like we were amping things up, but never quite got there. The chase on the Batcycle was flippin awesome, and probably came closest to being a complete action sequence. But as far as I am concerned, the ending needed to finish with a bang, and it never did. As for the actors... Heath Ledger as the Joker: He really was amazing. I won't say he wasn't. He embodied his character to the extent that I did believe the Joker was the Joker. But strangely enough, I didn't think he pushed the Joker as far as he could have. Throughout the film I felt the Joker was an incredibly intelligent and frightening person, but never at one point did I actually fear him. He was disturbing, but I wanted to feel disturbed. I wanted to feel scared. But he never pushed the limits on Batman. He messed with his mind, but I really expected a brawl between the Joker and Batman like nothing I have ever seen, and it simply never happened. That's not to say that they didn't have some awesome moments together. it's just that in looking at the history of the Joker, he's not simply a mastermind criminal. He's a freakin psychopathic killer who will stop at nothing to take down Batman. That being said, I absolutely appreciated Nolan's take on the Joker not wanting to kill Batman. I just think the Joker should have pushed Batman further. A little more of a violent edge and some more psychotic laughter would have made Ledger's Joker the true villain of all time. He came SO close! Aaron Eckhart as Dent / Two-Face: This was a pleasant surprise for me. Eckhart played a palpable character whose torn emotions were completely relatable to all of us. And by establishing this character flaw from the beginning, they really did a fantastic job allowing it to evolve in an organic and believable way. Dent's outbursts were riveting and made his transformation into Two-Face all the more believable. My only complaint is that I feel Two-Face was revealed too early on in the film, and I would have liked to have seen his disfigured face for the first time just minutes before the film came to a close. I think I got a bit too much of him in the end, dampening my excitement for the third installment to the trilogy. And as much as I loved him, I'm not sure how strong he will be as a lead villain for Batman 3. Bruce Wayne/Batman: One of my biggest letdowns. I am a bit tired of Bruce Wayne being a posh unlikable person. Even though this is just a cover to hide his identity, I think it's about time for Nolan and Bale to humanize Bruce a bit more. It seems to me if he is so willing to fight for Gotham as Batman, he could use his money in the daytime to invest in a stronger less corrupt police force, or something else for the greater good of Gotham. i just didn't buy into him as much in this film. Especially Batman. I don't mind that he wasn't in this as much as in Batman Begins. But I would have liked Batman to have had a bit more presence in this film. And not as a whiny overanalytical anti-hero. I believed in his internal struggles in Batman Begins, but in Dark Knight, I could never quite take him 100% seriously. This was a very good film that came so close to greatness, but seemed to lose itself in its own desire to be taken seriously. It seems clear to me that Nolan was a bit afraid to push things too out of the box, which ended up making this feel a bit claustrophobic to me. It may have felt incredibly realistic in many ways, but a hint of fantasy really would have taken this installment to the next level. From the action to the locations, things could have been pushed a bit further. I mean, did anything look like Gotham? Or did it look like a crime drama set in Chicago? At least in Batman Begins you felt like you were actually in Gotham. I can't help but think that there were plans to bring the Joker back for the last half of the third film to wreak unthinkable havoc upon Gotham. What will they do now? How can you cap up such a stunning trilogy without the likes of Batman's most equal villain? I am very curious to see what Nolan cooks up!
Marty Martin - IMAGEN Films on Jul 18, 2008
Marty Martin - IMAGEN Films on Jul 18, 2008
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