The Dark Knight Review

Posted: Saturday, July 19, 2008 by Shaun in Labels: ,

The movie f@#$ing rocked.

The show should've been titled 'The Joker' as Heath Ledger (RIP)'s performance was like lighting in a bottle, and Batman seemed more like a supporting character.

My fave scene was where The Joker made a pencil disappear. The movie was great for me cos of him. I wonder how they're gonna top this, given Heath Ledger's amazing performance.

Potential villains for the next sequel seem very pale comparisons to the Joker's brilliance. Think about it, Freeze, Riddler, Penguin, Ivy, Catwoman, Bane or impossibly, Hush? I'd rather DC/WB stop at this film, rather than produce a lesser sequel.

It was great to see themes from the comic replicated in the big screen, especially the paradox of the dichotomy between Batman and Joker and the symbiotic relationship they share.

This was well-articulated in The Killing Joke, and it was a blast seeing it on screen.

Themes from other stories were seamlessly weaved into the movie, e.g., No Man's Land (Gordon getting shot), One Year Later (commissioner getting drugged) which was a joy for a fan boy to point out.

And I guess some of us were half-expecting the witness at the court hearing to attempt to splash acid at Harvey's face, but it was far to early in the movie.

You just knew Gordon wouldn't die, cos what's Batman without him, so no surprises there.

The bit where Two Face was threatening to kill Jim's kid veered dangerously on messing with continuity, and I'm glad they resolved it in the manner they did.

Maggie Gyllenhal was pedestrian in the film, and jiggled nicely after the courtroom bit. She was great in Secretary though.

I didn't find the movie long at all, it just kept getting better and better. After this film, I'd expect numerous comic converts, resulting in unprecedented legions of Batman fans.

Prior to this, my favourite comic superhero movie was Spiderman 2. LYAO.

With The Dark Knight, DC pwns Marvel.

Bring on the figures and vehicles, Hot Toys, I'll take on the abuse like Batman did in Arkham Asylum.

PS: As the Batpod breaks away from the Tumbler in the film, will Hot Toys attempt to recreate that, in a battle-damaged version of the Tumbler? The preview pix looks like the current version cannot do that. Gonna be quite painful to pay for a second version of the Tumbler that can pull off that 'transformation'.

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  1. Kenny says:

    DC pwns Marvel, and they have to thank Nolan for that. The man is genius.

    TDK is the thinking man's comic superhero movie.

  1. Shaun says:

    was glad to read at your blog that you're picking up HT TDK stuff, Kenny.

  1. Jun says:

    Shaun, I watched it today... completely completely blown away by it... Ill just save my effort in conveying my thoughts by pasting the review I wrote on my blog:

    And it's a masterpiece. This is possibly the best super hero movie of all time. Even the critically acclaimed Spiderman 2 doesn't come close to touching The Dark Knight. Never have I watched something that combines action and dramatic elements so well.

    I wouldn't want to spoil the show for you, so I'll leave the plot out.

    I don't mean that it's good because it's action packed, or has you on the edge of your seat for 2 hours. In fact there's lots of talking, lots of it.

    The show is awesome beyond words because of how powerful the script and direction is. The Joker is insane, he's not motivated by money, he doesn't care about anything, he has nothing to lose and all he driven by is to bring chaos and suffering. Harvey Dent's downfall was so tragic and moving it's hard not to shed a tear for the turn of events. Each scene in the show was expertly directed to tear out the emotions from the depth of your heart - the terror of the insanity of the Joker, the sorrow for Harvey's loss, the sadness but respect for the choices Batman has to make.

    At the end of it, you're left wondering in fear as to what a human is actually capable of. Throughout the show, there are no hints or suggestions of super powers or supernatural occurances, only the darkest of the human soul. That's what makes the Joker so terrifying - he's just another man, albeit an intelligent one driven to the edge.

    There's an extremely powerful interplay of human emotions, of hope, of human at its best, and also at its worst. You'll be touched there's no doubt about that.

    The show is also all about choices, and making sacrifices for the better of others. That's what makes a true hero.

    The Dark Knight has risen above all the movies in the same genre to deliver an absolutely spectacular performance.

    Also, the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is so awesome I went to buy the cd right after I came out of the theatre.

    If I could give it 6/5 I would!!!

  1. Mikey says:

    Yes. The best Batman movie of all. And I think it set a benchmark for all comic related movies. Totally agree with you. The movie should have call The Joker. Heath Ledger is brilliant.

    For the HT's batmobile and batpod... the price is just too high. Unless some parts are die-cast then I dont mind ^.^

    By the way, I add you in my blog link. Cheers.

  1. Shaun says:

    thanks for sharing your review, Jun.

    Mikey, have linked to you as well, thanks.

  1. Jun says:

    now i REALLY want the batman stuff from hot toys.. haha. The koto statues also look very very nice