Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Aaron Eckhart, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written By: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 32 min
The Dark Knight is not your typical summer release. It’s complex and layered. It presents an incredibly well thought out plot that twists and turns in unpredictable, yet credible ways. Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan then build from there. This story tests the convictions of its heroes. The Joker, incredibly well performed by Heath Ledger – their puppet master. Testing Gotham cities noble knights Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and Batman (Christian Bale.) Exposing their characters duality, and then tempting them to betray their moral codes to get the solutions they desire. As I said, not what we usual get from a mega-budget summer Hollywood film.
The Dark Knight somehow gets better every single time I see it. Each time I take this on I pick up new elements of the story, or notice a new detail I missed before. It’s impeccably well made, directed and written. All the cast turn in great work too. The score by James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer also sets the perfect tone for this movie. As does Wally Pfister’s cinematography.
This doesn’t feel like your typical big budget superhero actioner. It moves at a slower more thoughtful pace. It takes its time to tell a complex story in an accessible way, and really develops its characters. At about two and half hours it’s also a pretty long movie. If you’re somehow new to the Batman legend, you should watch Batman Begins before taking on The Dark Knight.
This is massive film, and needs a massive screen to appreciate it properly. At home a HD showing is a must.
Best scene for me: << spoiler >>
Many people comment on Heath Ledger’s performance, and rightly so. But my absolute favorite scene is with Aaron Eckhart near the end of the film. After kidnapping Commissioner Gordon’s family. He calls for Gordon to watch as he threatens to kill the commissioner’s son. This is The Jokers victory. He turned the best that Gotham had to offer into a crazed killer. The situation is intense, and the performances moving. The score is also amazing during this scene, and adds a real emotion punch to the proceedings. If you buy the score, the track being played during this scene is called ‘Watch the World Burn.’