I just saw “The Dark Knight” yesterday. As a general rule, I never see a movie on its opening weekend (with the exception of the Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter movies). But if I knew then what I know now, I would slept outside the theatre on the eve of opening night. Well, it’s not that dramatic but you get the point.
In a word, this movie was GENIUS!
For one, the structure of the movie was flawless. The writing was superb. The directing was on the money. I can’t say enough about the cinematography (I saw this on IMAX which made great camera work even greater). The storyline was on point.
But the acting…Good Lord…the acting: AMAZING!
Normally, I don’t get too involved with actors/celebs because I simply don’t follow Hollywood that closely (I refuse to turn myself into the next James Lipton). But the characters in this film truly set it off. Christian Bale’s performance as the Batman was on the money; far more than the others who donned the suit. Gary Oldman gave another great performance as the Commish. Morgan Freeman (who is one of my favorite actors anyway), Michael Caine, and Aaron Eckhart all gave solid performances in their respective roles. But the man of the hour (as many people predicted) was the late Heath Ledger.
Though I wasn’t initially phased one bit by Hollywood’s talk of posthumous Oscar-quality work, I’m now convinced that maybe the critics were actually on to something. Heath definitely lived up to the hype. His portrayal of the Joker was on the short list of the best villianous characters I’ve ever seen. It’s easy for people to go overboard in praising somebody just because they died (see: Tony Snow), but in this case, Ledger receiving the spotlight was well earned. The way he created a sadistic, murderous monster of a Joker stole the show. I’m no coward, but even I got a little shocked (and, admittedly creeped out) by his performance. But most of all, I had to keep reminding myself that behind the character was a guy named Heath. All I saw throughout the movie was a sick and demented villian. It was genius.
Particularly cool about this movie was that it caught me off guard with its duality. The movie was litered with violence to be sure (especially the now infamous “Pencil Trick” where… **SPOILER ALERT ** …the Joker jams a pencil in a table and slams a man face; presumably his eye; into the pencil). But that violence fit perfectly into the movie’s theme: the fasciniating juxtaposition between civility and chaos; something I usually don’t find in action movies. Entertaining and thought-provoking. A win on all sides.
If you haven’t had a chance to see this one, I strongly recommend you do. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I wasn’t.
Oh, and they also showed the trailer for the New Harry Potter joint:
I’m so there.