Friday, August 15, 2008

A Definitive Dark Knight Review?

I think i was the last person on the planet to see this film. After seeing it, i have no idea what took me so long to see it. This film was so massive, so strong and relevant that it shook me to the core. lets see if i can break this down into bullets...
  • Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent was spectacular. His character was referred to as the "light of the city" and his performance in the film was a true reflection of that. His optimistically brazen Harvey enlightened and inspired while his broken and scarred Harvey showed a stark and fierce contrast to all other characters in the film.
  • Christian Bale. Duh.
  • Heath Ledger's death genuinely affected me because i always knew that he had this kind of performance inside of him. His joker will inspire debates on the nature of humanity, morality vs supposed morality, establishment vs chaos, etc. etc. Plus the voice, the laugh, the mannerisms were all perfect.
  • Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are an amazing supporting cast, providing intelligent and cautious father figures for the otherwise headstrong, stubborn and foresight lacking Bruce.

The intensity of this film makes it difficult to discuss it because i havent really had time to process everything that i'm feeling from it, and there is a lot to feel. The Joker was a stumbling wrecking ball of truth, anarchy and logic who's assumption of the dark nature of humanity is nearly spot on, so much so that he is able to capture not only his Gotham audience but also his real world audience.

i will add more soon, but dont be afraid to chime in....

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