The Dark Knight (DVD, 2008, Widescreen)
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- toekneeyeahJan 23, 2009by
The Dark Knight (2008 Bluray DVD)
The Dark Knight arrives with tremendous hype (best superhero movie ever? posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger?), and incredibly, it lives up to all of it. But calling it the best superhero movie ever seems like faint praise, since part of what makes the movie great--in addition to pitch-perfect casting, outstanding writing, and a compelling vision--is that it bypasses the normal fantasy element of the superhero genre and makes it all terrifyingly real. Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) is Gotham City's new district attorney, charged with cleaning up the crime rings that have paralyzed the city. He enters an uneasy alliance with the young police lieutenant, Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), and Batman (Christian Bale), the caped vigilante who seems to trust only Gordon--and whom only Gordon seems to trust. They make progress until a psychotic and deadly new player enters the game: the Joker (Heath Ledger), who offers the crime bosses a solution--kill the Batman. Further complicating matters is that Dent is now dating Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal, after Katie Holmes turned down the chance to reprise her role), the longtime love of Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne.
In his last completed role before his tragic death, Ledger is fantastic as the Joker, a volcanic, truly frightening force of evil. And he sets the tone of the movie: the world is a dark, dangerous place where there are no easy choices. Eckhart and Oldman also shine, but as good as Bale is, his character turns out rather bland in comparison (not uncommon for heroes facing more colorful villains). Director-cowriter Christopher Nolan (Memento) follows his critically acclaimed Batman Begins with an even better sequel that sets itself apart from notable superhero movies like Spider-Man 2 and Iron Man because of its sheer emotional impact and striking sense of realism--there are no suspension-of-disbelief superpowers here. At 152 minutes, it's a shade too long, and it's much too intense for kids. But for most movie fans--and not just superhero fans--The Dark Knight is a film for the ages.Read full review
- zo3313Jan 2, 2009by
What a movie.
The Best Batman and comic hero movie of all time. The Dark Knight makes the 1989 Batman version look like a foolish cartoon. Thanks to Christopher Nolan for making Batman what it really deserves to be A GREAT MOVIE EXPERIENCE.
- britelights1124Jan 1, 2009by
The movie is great from start to finish. Heath Ledger is amazing as is Christian Bale. If you like the original Batman movies, this one takes the franchise to a whole new level. Nolan's influence on The Dark Knight and even Batman Begins is fantastic.
- keyshound_loverFeb 15, 2009by
WOW What a Movie
Batman (Bale) is back and with the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. A new criminal known as the Joker (Ledger) is out to make sure that doesn’t happen at any price.
This movie is not for kids. This is dark and scary and almost deserves an R rating. Everyone else should see it, especially fans of Chicago since the city looks amazing as the fictitious Gotham.
Heath Ledger as The Joker: It’s done. Best. Superhero. Villain. Ever. I can’t believe we have been given another great evil character this closely after Anton Chigurh and Billy Mitchell. Once the Joker makes a pencil disappear he’s got you entertained in his clutches. There are tiny moments, like when he grabs a drink at Dent’s fundraiser, that every actor should study. Without a doubt, Ledger will win Best Supporting Actor for the Oscars.
Amazing creation! You need this to make your DVD collection pretty.Read full review
- reds_rendersNov 29, 2008by
The Dark Knight is stunning, in every sense the word. Whether you look at the acting, the directing, the writing, or any other aspect of the movie, it's hard to find a weak point.
Nolan returns to do another incredible job at directing, and once again raises the bar for the Batman series. He creates a perfect balance between having The Dark Knight be a drama about the characters in it and an action-packed crime saga.
The acting alone is terrific. Christian Bale is a natural as Bruce Wayne, and also makes the best Batman I've seen yet, and by his side is Michael Caine, who just seems to fit perfectly as Alfred. Maggie Gyllenhaal does quite well as Rachel and Aaron Eckhart pulls off the transformation from Harvey Dent to Two-Face. Gary Oldman playing Gordon deserves an honorable mention. And then there's Heath Ledger, whose performance alone is nothing short of amazing. A few years ago most people would've said that he would be best known for and remembered by his starring role in Brokeback Mountain. Not anymore.
There's a constant internal struggle for Bruce Wayne, who does all he can to keep the difference between himself and Batman, and the difference between what is right and what has to be done. And all the while chaos reigns in the streets of Gotham, compliments of the Joker, who seems to be the one man who can bring down Batman.
All in all, there is nothing disappointing about The Dark Knight. For a movie that's two and a half hours long, there isn't a dull moment. Living up to the expectations and hype seemed impossible for it to do, but somehow The Dark Knight not only does, but surpasses it.Read full review