International Writers Magazine :Film
Starring: Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Heath Ledger (RIP), Maggie
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
by Stephen Doyle
am a self-confessed geek and comic-book fan, so I was
eagerly anticipating the arrival of the new Batman movie The
Dark Knight on the big screen. Naturally, this was only heightened
by the media attention given to the unfortunate death of Heath Ledger
before the films release, and the subsequent churnings of
the rumor mill.
I had previously
seen Batman Begins, which began this new reboot of
the Batman on the big screen, following the camp excesses inflicted
on the character by Joel Schumacher (rubber bat-nipples, anyone?).
Like all superhero movies, it is very hard to treat the idea of a grown
man who dresses up in a funny-looking costume to go out into the night
and terrorize people seriously. However, as with the recent Iron
Man movie, the Dark Knight manages to pull off the idea with some
class, wit and smarts.
Heath Ledgers Joker is a figure that steals the screen every time
he appears on it with his energetic insanity, which is a good match
for Christian Bales portrayal of Batman who is driven only by
his battle against Gotham Cities corruption. On the flipside,
we also see some humor from Bruce Wayne and Michael Caines excellent
Alfred, which come as a refreshing blast of fresh air amongst all the
fighting, plotting and counter-plotting.
The movie also introduces Harvey Dent, who becomes another of Batmans
enemies, Two-Face. As with the Joker portrayed by Heath Ledger, Aaron
Eckheart makes a fairly convincing performance as goody-goody two-shoes
Harvey, but becomes much more exciting after he becomes a villain.
The most difficult hurdle for both characters is to replace audiences
memories of Jack Nicholsons Joker in Tim Burtons Batman,
and Tommy-Lee Jones as Two-Face in Batman Forever. Thankfully
both actors turn in performances that create new and much darker and
more exciting images of the characters.
If I have any complaint about the film, it is that there are several
parts of dialogue between the big events that seem to be re-treading
the same ground of moral colour and dilemmas, and points
and ideas that are repeatedly emphasized in case we have forgotten them
between all the explosions and fist-fights. As such, some parts of the
film drag a little, but not enough to bring down this second successful
outing for Bales Batman on the big screen.
© Stephen Doyle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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