The Dark Knight Review (7-20-08)

The Spoony One | Jul 20 2008 | more notation(s) | 

A lot of people have asked what I thought of the new summer Blockbuster, The Dark Knight. So I stopped by Taco Bell, had a bite, and recorded my thoughts on it. Enjoy!

Oh, and what the hell was up with the mayor of Gotham City wearing eyeliner?

  • Elliott

    Ha! You’re the only other person I know to have noticed the eyeliner! God that was annoying.

  • Elliott

    Ha! You’re the only other person I know to have noticed the eyeliner! God that was annoying.

  • Myst

    i loved your review of this movie, it’s just to bad it still never got me to see it at the movie theater. but it kept me waiting for it to come out on dvd. now to be honest i hated batman begins with a passion. i thought it was just god awful and waste of money(saw it opening weekend). so that turned me away from TDK this past summer, despite me being a huge batman fanboy(still love michael keaton as batman). so i waited and when i got it on dvd and watched it for the first time. i was in awe at this movie as it was in my eyes 10x better then batman begins.

    now i still think christian bale is ok as batman(alot better then clooney and kilmer), but in this one i think he did a better job overall. now for the Joker… i absolutely loved the way heath ledger portrayed him in this movie. it is just very heartbreaking that he is gone, and wont be able to reprise his role. i used to love jack nicholson’s Joker, but i think ledger took the top spot. overall i gave this movie a 8.5/10 which is alot higher then what i gave Begins(3/10 just awful in my eyes). anyways great review, just to bad i didn’t see it in theaters :(

  • Myst

    i loved your review of this movie, it’s just to bad it still never got me to see it at the movie theater. but it kept me waiting for it to come out on dvd. now to be honest i hated batman begins with a passion. i thought it was just god awful and waste of money(saw it opening weekend). so that turned me away from TDK this past summer, despite me being a huge batman fanboy(still love michael keaton as batman). so i waited and when i got it on dvd and watched it for the first time. i was in awe at this movie as it was in my eyes 10x better then batman begins.

    now i still think christian bale is ok as batman(alot better then clooney and kilmer), but in this one i think he did a better job overall. now for the Joker… i absolutely loved the way heath ledger portrayed him in this movie. it is just very heartbreaking that he is gone, and wont be able to reprise his role. i used to love jack nicholson’s Joker, but i think ledger took the top spot. overall i gave this movie a 8.5/10 which is alot higher then what i gave Begins(3/10 just awful in my eyes). anyways great review, just to bad i didn’t see it in theaters :(

  • Nick

    my friends and I have had many arguments on which was better dark night or tim burtons. what do you think. Oh and by the way the actor who played the mayor always wears eye liner even in lost which he has a major part in

  • Nick

    my friends and I have had many arguments on which was better dark night or tim burtons. what do you think. Oh and by the way the actor who played the mayor always wears eye liner even in lost which he has a major part in

  • Karloff von Meisterschnitzel

    Personally, I’m more into the Burton phase, but Nolan did a really good job with Begins and Dark Knight. I was glad to see Nolan progressed the story line, did great work on character development and embodied the atmosphere seen in the previous Batman movies (not counting the Joel Schumacher “projects”, I hesitate to call them movies). Anyway, completely agree with you, hope to see more reviews, keep up the good work.

  • Karloff von Meisterschnitzel

    Personally, I’m more into the Burton phase, but Nolan did a really good job with Begins and Dark Knight. I was glad to see Nolan progressed the story line, did great work on character development and embodied the atmosphere seen in the previous Batman movies (not counting the Joel Schumacher “projects”, I hesitate to call them movies). Anyway, completely agree with you, hope to see more reviews, keep up the good work.

  • Bruce

    Nestor Carbonell doesn’t wear eyeliner, he just has naturally dark eyes. Not very distracting in my eyes, in fact very unique looking. He is progressively becoming one of my favourite characters on the TV show LOST that he features in, so I was very thrilled to see him in The Dark Knight.

    Personally, I’m one of the very poor minority that was more entertained by Batman Begins than The Dark Knight. I found the focus switching from Bruce Wayne in this one to be irritating… I mean, it was hard to really analyze how well of a performance Christian Bale gave in this movie. He certainly wasn’t as committed in The Dark Knight as he was to Begins to the role, and as much as I’ve had no problem with his batman voice his delivery on some of the lines with it was dreadful. In the final confrontation with Joker I actually turned on the subtitles and found he said something completely different to what I thought he said. A lot of people found Bruce Wayne’s journey dull, the whole ‘fear’ theme and dialogue cheesy? I actually found this deep. So when it came to The Dark Knight I somewhat missed characters like Liam Neeson’s portrayal of Ra’s Al Ghul. I found The Scarecrows role terrible and not even noteworthy… they didn’t even bother to add in a fear gas effect he was just there for the sake of it.

    So yeah… I much preferred Begins because it was a film about Batman rather than the people of Gotham? I liked the feeling of the corrupt unique city from what we got from the narrows in Begins. I loathed how every scene in TDK felt like chicago. But then with that said I still REALLY enjoyed it, and I can understand why others prefer. I realize the writing was better, I realize Heath Ledger gave a magnificent performance along with Eckhart and Oldman. The only problem I had with it was as Spoony says Maggie Gyllenhal… it was distracting seeing Joker call this character ‘Beautiful’ when she was looking her worst in the movie. Also Harvey and Bruce fighting over her. She was annoying, and I hate recasts for the most part anyway as much as Katie Holmes was the worst part of Batman Begins.

    Anywho, I love the franchise at the end of the day. The Dark Knight wasn’t so much my cup of tea, but if it appeals to more people who really cares? I want to see after the shit that was Batman & Robin the character get the respect he deserves, and I wish the film good luck in the oscars and congratulate Heath on his golden globe because he really deserved it.

  • Bruce

    Nestor Carbonell doesn’t wear eyeliner, he just has naturally dark eyes. Not very distracting in my eyes, in fact very unique looking. He is progressively becoming one of my favourite characters on the TV show LOST that he features in, so I was very thrilled to see him in The Dark Knight.

    Personally, I’m one of the very poor minority that was more entertained by Batman Begins than The Dark Knight. I found the focus switching from Bruce Wayne in this one to be irritating… I mean, it was hard to really analyze how well of a performance Christian Bale gave in this movie. He certainly wasn’t as committed in The Dark Knight as he was to Begins to the role, and as much as I’ve had no problem with his batman voice his delivery on some of the lines with it was dreadful. In the final confrontation with Joker I actually turned on the subtitles and found he said something completely different to what I thought he said. A lot of people found Bruce Wayne’s journey dull, the whole ‘fear’ theme and dialogue cheesy? I actually found this deep. So when it came to The Dark Knight I somewhat missed characters like Liam Neeson’s portrayal of Ra’s Al Ghul. I found The Scarecrows role terrible and not even noteworthy… they didn’t even bother to add in a fear gas effect he was just there for the sake of it.

    So yeah… I much preferred Begins because it was a film about Batman rather than the people of Gotham? I liked the feeling of the corrupt unique city from what we got from the narrows in Begins. I loathed how every scene in TDK felt like chicago. But then with that said I still REALLY enjoyed it, and I can understand why others prefer. I realize the writing was better, I realize Heath Ledger gave a magnificent performance along with Eckhart and Oldman. The only problem I had with it was as Spoony says Maggie Gyllenhal… it was distracting seeing Joker call this character ‘Beautiful’ when she was looking her worst in the movie. Also Harvey and Bruce fighting over her. She was annoying, and I hate recasts for the most part anyway as much as Katie Holmes was the worst part of Batman Begins.

    Anywho, I love the franchise at the end of the day. The Dark Knight wasn’t so much my cup of tea, but if it appeals to more people who really cares? I want to see after the shit that was Batman & Robin the character get the respect he deserves, and I wish the film good luck in the oscars and congratulate Heath on his golden globe because he really deserved it.

  • vinny the madman galvin

    im wit u all the way man the movie ruled especially on hd
    eyeliner weird as HELL
    SPOONY RULEZ

  • vinny the madman galvin

    im wit u all the way man the movie ruled especially on hd
    eyeliner weird as HELL
    SPOONY RULEZ

  • vinny the madman galvin

    i liked the look on his face when the first explosion was small at the hospital
    he was like wtf i know there was more tnt than that

  • vinny the madman galvin

    i liked the look on his face when the first explosion was small at the hospital
    he was like wtf i know there was more tnt than that

  • Quikquik

    Dark Knight kicked ass! But the Dark Knight just isn’t as good as either of Tim Burton’s Batman movies (although I can totally see why Spoony would write a 100 page review of why Batman Returns sucks and I’d looking forward to that one) mostly because those Batman films have Michael Keaton in it. That guy could totally own Chuck Norris in a fight, I mean, sure it’s impressive when Chuck splits a .50 cal round in half with his mind but it’s more impressive when Michael Keaton reflects a .50 cal round with his pinky finger so the bullet ricochets 9 times to kill the sniper who shot that bullet in the first place.

  • Quikquik

    Dark Knight kicked ass! But the Dark Knight just isn’t as good as either of Tim Burton’s Batman movies (although I can totally see why Spoony would write a 100 page review of why Batman Returns sucks and I’d looking forward to that one) mostly because those Batman films have Michael Keaton in it. That guy could totally own Chuck Norris in a fight, I mean, sure it’s impressive when Chuck splits a .50 cal round in half with his mind but it’s more impressive when Michael Keaton reflects a .50 cal round with his pinky finger so the bullet ricochets 9 times to kill the sniper who shot that bullet in the first place.

  • Jackfields A113

    I loved the 1989 Batman movie. But as the Tim Burton series progressed the movies got worse and worse. After Batman and Robin (Which as everybody knows is a steaming lump of shit) I almost renouced the Batman franchise. But Christopher Nolan has done an excellant job. Christian Bale has even surpassed Michael Keaton on the best Batman. Heath Ledger was just amazing. It was like Hannibal Lector in clown makeup. They totally nailed everything that made the Batman comics great. This is definatly the best superhero movie in decades.

  • Jackfields A113

    I loved the 1989 Batman movie. But as the Tim Burton series progressed the movies got worse and worse. After Batman and Robin (Which as everybody knows is a steaming lump of shit) I almost renouced the Batman franchise. But Christopher Nolan has done an excellant job. Christian Bale has even surpassed Michael Keaton on the best Batman. Heath Ledger was just amazing. It was like Hannibal Lector in clown makeup. They totally nailed everything that made the Batman comics great. This is definatly the best superhero movie in decades.

  • Quikquik

    Rest assured, Jackfields, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin were not directed by Tim Burton and those shitty movies were not even close to containing the awesomeness of Michael Keaton (putting Keaton in those movies would be like trying to install the PC version of Call of Duty 4 on DOS Shell). And I could hardly say that Christopher Nolan surpassed Michael Keaton with that phony long island chain smoker voice..

  • Quikquik

    Rest assured, Jackfields, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin were not directed by Tim Burton and those shitty movies were not even close to containing the awesomeness of Michael Keaton (putting Keaton in those movies would be like trying to install the PC version of Call of Duty 4 on DOS Shell). And I could hardly say that Christopher Nolan surpassed Michael Keaton with that phony long island chain smoker voice..

  • Jackfields A113

    Ok, I respect your opinion. I already knew that Tim Burton didn’t do Batman Forever or Batman and Robin. You gotta admit that The Dark Knight is one of the best superhero movies in a long time. By the way, I saw this one Jackoff on Youtube who said he was looking forward to “More adventures with Mr. Freeze”

  • Jackfields A113

    Ok, I respect your opinion. I already knew that Tim Burton didn’t do Batman Forever or Batman and Robin. You gotta admit that The Dark Knight is one of the best superhero movies in a long time. By the way, I saw this one Jackoff on Youtube who said he was looking forward to “More adventures with Mr. Freeze”

  • http://arcticsunburn.com/ David Andrew Wiebe

    I felt that Batman Begins had fewer follies, and for that reason I feel it’s the superior film. The Dark Knight was good, but not great. There wasn’t anywhere near as much mystery and suspense as there was in Begins.

  • http://arcticsunburn.com/ David Andrew Wiebe

    I felt that Batman Begins had fewer follies, and for that reason I feel it’s the superior film. The Dark Knight was good, but not great. There wasn’t anywhere near as much mystery and suspense as there was in Begins.

  • Joko

    Right, so – loved it. Great movie. Not gonna go into details on this one, you’ve all seen it by now, so bugger my opinion. However, a few things: Batmans voice is bugger all! Sorry folks, it just doesn’t work. A man like him would not waste that much breath, just to alter his voice. Growling does not equal anger and frustration. Right, that one over with. Bit pissed off about Two-Face getting killed. Quite a good character, who could easily have been the main villain in another movie, but there you go. Guess they needed to kill Dent off, in order to progress the story line into a more dark, everybody-hates-the-hero thing. Oh, and by the way Noah, you’re right on the money: Rachel Dawes is a complete wrench in the gears. Batman has had so many exotic love interests over the years, that it is just mind-boggling why on Gods green earth they chose that cunting harpy.
    I am quite happy with Christian Bale as Batman. It’s nice to finally have somebody with the physical fitness to actually dish out some real damage. It’s true that he doesn’t have the same brooding quality that Michael Keaton did, but you can’t get it all (Unless you’re Al Pacino. Then the world belongs to you).

    Now, a lot of you mentioned how much the Batman Forever and Batman & Robin movies sucked to high heaven, and you’re absolutely right. It was crap from beginning till end.
    These are general thoughts on where this whole thing might go. They killed Dent, so that’s one plausible villain down. Which unfortunatly leaves us with a bunch of madmen that doesn’t translate that well into the more realistic setup Nolan has presented us with. The Riddler is too much like the joker, except you just have to yell at him to knock him out, so that won’t work. The Penquin never really had anything going for him, and I don’t think DeVito is gonna do that role again. It would sort of be nice to see Catwoman again, if not for anything else, then just to correct that cosmic catastrophe that was the 2004 installment. On the other hand, again, she just doesn’t quite seem to fit into Nolans universe. But now for my real beef: I would frigging LOVE to see Mr. Freeze the Nolan way! If you have seen Heart of Ice, or read any of the Gotham Central issues featuring him, you would almost have to agree with me. He is one of the deepest and most dramatic characters in Batman, AND he would provide more than enough of a challenge to base a movie on him. But again, I just don’t see him fitting into the new settings. – Oh, yeah, and if any of you mention Poison Ivy I’m gonna have to hunt you down, Cape Fear-style.

  • Joko

    Right, so – loved it. Great movie. Not gonna go into details on this one, you’ve all seen it by now, so bugger my opinion. However, a few things: Batmans voice is bugger all! Sorry folks, it just doesn’t work. A man like him would not waste that much breath, just to alter his voice. Growling does not equal anger and frustration. Right, that one over with. Bit pissed off about Two-Face getting killed. Quite a good character, who could easily have been the main villain in another movie, but there you go. Guess they needed to kill Dent off, in order to progress the story line into a more dark, everybody-hates-the-hero thing. Oh, and by the way Noah, you’re right on the money: Rachel Dawes is a complete wrench in the gears. Batman has had so many exotic love interests over the years, that it is just mind-boggling why on Gods green earth they chose that cunting harpy.
    I am quite happy with Christian Bale as Batman. It’s nice to finally have somebody with the physical fitness to actually dish out some real damage. It’s true that he doesn’t have the same brooding quality that Michael Keaton did, but you can’t get it all (Unless you’re Al Pacino. Then the world belongs to you).

    Now, a lot of you mentioned how much the Batman Forever and Batman & Robin movies sucked to high heaven, and you’re absolutely right. It was crap from beginning till end.
    These are general thoughts on where this whole thing might go. They killed Dent, so that’s one plausible villain down. Which unfortunatly leaves us with a bunch of madmen that doesn’t translate that well into the more realistic setup Nolan has presented us with. The Riddler is too much like the joker, except you just have to yell at him to knock him out, so that won’t work. The Penquin never really had anything going for him, and I don’t think DeVito is gonna do that role again. It would sort of be nice to see Catwoman again, if not for anything else, then just to correct that cosmic catastrophe that was the 2004 installment. On the other hand, again, she just doesn’t quite seem to fit into Nolans universe. But now for my real beef: I would frigging LOVE to see Mr. Freeze the Nolan way! If you have seen Heart of Ice, or read any of the Gotham Central issues featuring him, you would almost have to agree with me. He is one of the deepest and most dramatic characters in Batman, AND he would provide more than enough of a challenge to base a movie on him. But again, I just don’t see him fitting into the new settings. – Oh, yeah, and if any of you mention Poison Ivy I’m gonna have to hunt you down, Cape Fear-style.

  • Nicholas

    I liked the dark night.. But i thought it wasnt THAT good. Like, everybody said this game was the fucking dogs bollocks, I saw it but if heath ledger hadnt died. i dont think everybody would have been this enthralled. More pity than anything else.

  • Nicholas

    I liked the dark night.. But i thought it wasnt THAT good. Like, everybody said this game was the fucking dogs bollocks, I saw it but if heath ledger hadnt died. i dont think everybody would have been this enthralled. More pity than anything else.

  • Valhalas

    Yeah, I agree – the chick looked really ugly and the fact, that she was like the main love interest of two main chars in this movie, really killed much of momentum for me, I liked the Joker reincarnation, but not too much of anyone else, IMO the movie is not bad, but not as good as Batman or Batman returns – Tim Burtons stuff, I think they were just looking a bit too much of a serious to all the things here – come on, Batman – dude in a bat costume fights a dude in white makeup, how complicated could it be? I don’t really think, that Batman character was created to watch from this kind of angle. My personal rating for this movie, calculating Sountrack, Video effects, Psychology, Storyline and acting – 5,25/10

  • Valhalas

    Yeah, I agree – the chick looked really ugly and the fact, that she was like the main love interest of two main chars in this movie, really killed much of momentum for me, I liked the Joker reincarnation, but not too much of anyone else, IMO the movie is not bad, but not as good as Batman or Batman returns – Tim Burtons stuff, I think they were just looking a bit too much of a serious to all the things here – come on, Batman – dude in a bat costume fights a dude in white makeup, how complicated could it be? I don’t really think, that Batman character was created to watch from this kind of angle. My personal rating for this movie, calculating Sountrack, Video effects, Psychology, Storyline and acting – 5,25/10

  • http://dukeofdorks.blogspot.com/ johnnyfog

    Much better than Batman Begins. I hate exposition. That’s why Tim Burton’s Batman was great; no origin to deal with.

    Two-Face went ballistic for no reason. And I have a hard time buying a guy going on a cop killer rampage when half of his skull is showing. Remember? “You’ve refused pain killers”? Yeah, right.

    Maggie Gyllenhaal may not be Michelle Phiffer, but she’s got to be hotter than Katie Holmes. WAY off base there.

    Joker ending was great. A little far-fetched, but great. If I were on that ferry I would’ve blown up the one carrying the mobsters in a second. But there’s only so much stark realism you can take before the movie gets pretentious.

  • http://dukeofdorks.blogspot.com/ johnnyfog

    Much better than Batman Begins. I hate exposition. That’s why Tim Burton’s Batman was great; no origin to deal with.

    Two-Face went ballistic for no reason. And I have a hard time buying a guy going on a cop killer rampage when half of his skull is showing. Remember? “You’ve refused pain killers”? Yeah, right.

    Maggie Gyllenhaal may not be Michelle Phiffer, but she’s got to be hotter than Katie Holmes. WAY off base there.

    Joker ending was great. A little far-fetched, but great. If I were on that ferry I would’ve blown up the one carrying the mobsters in a second. But there’s only so much stark realism you can take before the movie gets pretentious.

  • Enemycoke

    Im no genius on the subject of two-face (unlike my knowledge of the Joker) but I had the belief that he has a split personality disorder not just a burned face. Tommy Lee was ridiculous and just replaced I’s with We’s but there wasn’t really a split there but at least they tried. And because this takes place in a more real world setting its complete bullshit to have someone with split personalities so the closest thing is that Dent just kind of goes from super nice to super evil never back and forth just SuperDent to pure dag-nasty evil then nothing
    What else can they do, make the riddler like the zodiac killer, make clayface just a guy with too much plastic surgery and can move his face around, do the penguin the cartoons way as opposed to the burton way

  • Enemycoke

    Im no genius on the subject of two-face (unlike my knowledge of the Joker) but I had the belief that he has a split personality disorder not just a burned face. Tommy Lee was ridiculous and just replaced I’s with We’s but there wasn’t really a split there but at least they tried. And because this takes place in a more real world setting its complete bullshit to have someone with split personalities so the closest thing is that Dent just kind of goes from super nice to super evil never back and forth just SuperDent to pure dag-nasty evil then nothing
    What else can they do, make the riddler like the zodiac killer, make clayface just a guy with too much plastic surgery and can move his face around, do the penguin the cartoons way as opposed to the burton way

  • Marjan

    THANK GOD! I thought I was just being picky about the Mayor’s eyeliner. I never read any of the Batman comics (I watched all the movies and TV series/cartoons as a kid) so I wasn’t sure whether his …. makeup was canon or not.

    (I didn’t watch Batman Begins for one reason and one reason only: Katie “ZOMIGAWD ISN’T TOM AMAZING?!” Holmes. Fuck, that woman annoys me to no end!)

    Batman’s voice sounded too forced. Yeah, the Dark Knight’s known for his raspy voice, but Bale’s interpretation sounded like he’d been gargling vodka AND rocks. And, for a movie about the Dark Knight, Batman seemed to be … overshadowed, I suppose. It’s of course the hero’s role to beat up the bad guys, but that’s all he seems to do in this film, whereas the other characters (Gordon, Dent) deal with the heavy, emotional drama that made me feel more for them than I did for Batman: “Oh no! Psycho Dent’s got Gordon’s family! Poor Gordon!! … what’s that? Batman’s surrounded by thugs? Eh. He’s Batman. He’ll survive.” Bale is convincing as Batman (after Clooney, I’ll willing to embrace ANYONE, really) but he’s just flat here. He shows up, fights, reveals some complicated (yet intriguing) foresight, and completes his mission succesfully. On the other hand, I did enjoy that interrogation scene when he throws the Joker all over the place, and I did want to smack the people of Gotham upside their heads in the end when they turn on Batman, even if it was his idea.

    I think what distracts the movie from Batman himself are the final confrontations: since Batman’s the hero you’d expect him to be the one making the decisions, but he doesn’t. All he does is confront and beat up the bad guys, and little else. Not that I’d prefer an emo Batman moping about, but it seems like everyone else in this movie have it tougher than him. The people on the ferries decide to spare each other (kudos, cause if I had to choose between myself and other innocent civilians, and a boat load of criminals I’m 95% sure I’d have blown those motherfuckers up), which was great; and Gordon and his family were the real centerpoint of the last stand-off, with Batman just jumping in at the last minute to add some physical action to the scene.

    Of course, Ledger’s the Joker must be touched upon. I loved him. I LOVED him. The Joker already is a complex character, yet Ledger managed to add yet another dimension to him and the thought alone that we’ll never get to see him reprise this role is enough to make me want to bury my sorrow in a tub of chocolate ice cream. He managed to be loathsome, terrifying and hilarious at the same time. Everyone in the theatre laughed when he realized that the hospital bombs hadn’t gone off, forcing him to jiggle the detonator, wearing that nurse’s uniform, but everyone gasped and went silent when the whole place was blown to shits: any character that can get such a polarized reaction is a keeper.

    And yes, I have to agree with you on the Maggie Gylenhaal thing. And I have to blame the movie, since it seemed determined to make her look as washed out and hollowed as possible. I get that perhaps they didn’t want to go with a ridiculously sexy female lead (taking the more realistic approach), but during the benefit party, when the Joker turns to her and says, “Well, hello, beautiful!” the camera turns on her and she looked like me when I just woke up after only two hours of sleep (i.e. DREADFUL). She looks her prettiest when she’s about to die! (And speaking of which, boy was THAT a brainfuck! I was sorta stunned when she actually perished in the explosion. I kinda sat waiting for someone to walk up with her in their arms and prove she survived, but they really killed her off! Not something you see very often in superhero movies.)

    My other complaints were minor and pretty insignificant since, on a whole, I LOVE this movie.

    P.S: Damn you, Spoony! Watching you eat Taco Bell has given me an insatiable craving for some nacho fries and burritos myself, but we don’t have Taco Bell in the Netherlands :(

  • Marjan

    THANK GOD! I thought I was just being picky about the Mayor’s eyeliner. I never read any of the Batman comics (I watched all the movies and TV series/cartoons as a kid) so I wasn’t sure whether his …. makeup was canon or not.

    (I didn’t watch Batman Begins for one reason and one reason only: Katie “ZOMIGAWD ISN’T TOM AMAZING?!” Holmes. Fuck, that woman annoys me to no end!)

    Batman’s voice sounded too forced. Yeah, the Dark Knight’s known for his raspy voice, but Bale’s interpretation sounded like he’d been gargling vodka AND rocks. And, for a movie about the Dark Knight, Batman seemed to be … overshadowed, I suppose. It’s of course the hero’s role to beat up the bad guys, but that’s all he seems to do in this film, whereas the other characters (Gordon, Dent) deal with the heavy, emotional drama that made me feel more for them than I did for Batman: “Oh no! Psycho Dent’s got Gordon’s family! Poor Gordon!! … what’s that? Batman’s surrounded by thugs? Eh. He’s Batman. He’ll survive.” Bale is convincing as Batman (after Clooney, I’ll willing to embrace ANYONE, really) but he’s just flat here. He shows up, fights, reveals some complicated (yet intriguing) foresight, and completes his mission succesfully. On the other hand, I did enjoy that interrogation scene when he throws the Joker all over the place, and I did want to smack the people of Gotham upside their heads in the end when they turn on Batman, even if it was his idea.

    I think what distracts the movie from Batman himself are the final confrontations: since Batman’s the hero you’d expect him to be the one making the decisions, but he doesn’t. All he does is confront and beat up the bad guys, and little else. Not that I’d prefer an emo Batman moping about, but it seems like everyone else in this movie have it tougher than him. The people on the ferries decide to spare each other (kudos, cause if I had to choose between myself and other innocent civilians, and a boat load of criminals I’m 95% sure I’d have blown those motherfuckers up), which was great; and Gordon and his family were the real centerpoint of the last stand-off, with Batman just jumping in at the last minute to add some physical action to the scene.

    Of course, Ledger’s the Joker must be touched upon. I loved him. I LOVED him. The Joker already is a complex character, yet Ledger managed to add yet another dimension to him and the thought alone that we’ll never get to see him reprise this role is enough to make me want to bury my sorrow in a tub of chocolate ice cream. He managed to be loathsome, terrifying and hilarious at the same time. Everyone in the theatre laughed when he realized that the hospital bombs hadn’t gone off, forcing him to jiggle the detonator, wearing that nurse’s uniform, but everyone gasped and went silent when the whole place was blown to shits: any character that can get such a polarized reaction is a keeper.

    And yes, I have to agree with you on the Maggie Gylenhaal thing. And I have to blame the movie, since it seemed determined to make her look as washed out and hollowed as possible. I get that perhaps they didn’t want to go with a ridiculously sexy female lead (taking the more realistic approach), but during the benefit party, when the Joker turns to her and says, “Well, hello, beautiful!” the camera turns on her and she looked like me when I just woke up after only two hours of sleep (i.e. DREADFUL). She looks her prettiest when she’s about to die! (And speaking of which, boy was THAT a brainfuck! I was sorta stunned when she actually perished in the explosion. I kinda sat waiting for someone to walk up with her in their arms and prove she survived, but they really killed her off! Not something you see very often in superhero movies.)

    My other complaints were minor and pretty insignificant since, on a whole, I LOVE this movie.

    P.S: Damn you, Spoony! Watching you eat Taco Bell has given me an insatiable craving for some nacho fries and burritos myself, but we don’t have Taco Bell in the Netherlands :(

  • Hazjer

    To be fair, no one knows how the Joker does 90% of the shit he does. He is a force of nature, that no one knows anything about. And thats how he is portrayed in the comic.

  • Hazjer

    To be fair, no one knows how the Joker does 90% of the shit he does. He is a force of nature, that no one knows anything about. And thats how he is portrayed in the comic.

  • Chris

    This moviw will live in infamy for me as one of the most overhyped movies of all time. Was it good, yes, but it wasn’t because of one definable thing. It wasn’t the Joker, it wasn’t Christian Bale, who in my mind is almost as bad as Batman as Clooney was. It was good because of the synergy of all its parts. Many things that are great in life are great because of this very fact. When something is greater than the sum of it’s parts then it works. Fortune 500 companies spend millions of dollars to get that on their board of directors. Was this a good movie? Yes. Was it the definitive performance of Batman, and the Joker? I say probably not. My opinion on Batman is that there has to be dichotomy between Bruce wayne and his alter ego. That’s why i never liked any of the Batmans except for Kilmer. he captured to bipolar nature of the character better than any that have done the role. Was the Joker definitive? Maybe, but how do you classify the definitive performance of complete insanity and anarchy when the very nature of the two words defy categorization? What is insane? What is crazy? If you asked a hundred different people I’d venture that you’d get damn near a hundred different responses. That’s because craziness, and insanity are completely subjective. What I might consider to be crazy, might not be what most people do. If you want to judge the insanity factor of the Joker performance, take this movie to a mental institution, show it, and see how many think it’s crazy. That might be the only way to measure the insanity. But then again, the people in that place are only there because some person subjectively thought what they were doing was crazy. There’s some deep shit for you.

  • Chris

    This moviw will live in infamy for me as one of the most overhyped movies of all time. Was it good, yes, but it wasn’t because of one definable thing. It wasn’t the Joker, it wasn’t Christian Bale, who in my mind is almost as bad as Batman as Clooney was. It was good because of the synergy of all its parts. Many things that are great in life are great because of this very fact. When something is greater than the sum of it’s parts then it works. Fortune 500 companies spend millions of dollars to get that on their board of directors. Was this a good movie? Yes. Was it the definitive performance of Batman, and the Joker? I say probably not. My opinion on Batman is that there has to be dichotomy between Bruce wayne and his alter ego. That’s why i never liked any of the Batmans except for Kilmer. he captured to bipolar nature of the character better than any that have done the role. Was the Joker definitive? Maybe, but how do you classify the definitive performance of complete insanity and anarchy when the very nature of the two words defy categorization? What is insane? What is crazy? If you asked a hundred different people I’d venture that you’d get damn near a hundred different responses. That’s because craziness, and insanity are completely subjective. What I might consider to be crazy, might not be what most people do. If you want to judge the insanity factor of the Joker performance, take this movie to a mental institution, show it, and see how many think it’s crazy. That might be the only way to measure the insanity. But then again, the people in that place are only there because some person subjectively thought what they were doing was crazy. There’s some deep shit for you.

  • MondoMolesto

    I kinda liked this one. It’s not great, but it’s alright…i mean for a summer action movie it’s alright. Thats sort of like saying that this particular time you got kicked in the teeth wasnt as bad as the last times though. I walked out on batman begins. No idea why, i just know something about it really rubbed me the wrong way, and i walked out after about 20 minutes of it. I’ve never bothered to watch it again.

    This one, i didnt even bother to see because i knew right away it was overhyped, and i’d be disappointed if i paid money for it, and i agreed with that original assessment when i actually saw it.

    It’s just too juvenile for me. Maybe if i was 10 years younger i’d be more into it, but it just seems to silly, too appealing to an immature mind for me. I’m the kind of guy who read comic books when he was a kid, and only when i was a kid. I got to an age where they just started to seem stupid, and i moved on. So i’m really not this movie’s targeted audience.

    I like the direction it takes big summer action movies, i mean actually paying attention to something resembling quality, rather than just seeing the latest and greatest hollywood hunk strut around on screen for two hours, and with themes like “it would really suck if america blew up” or “love will win pearl harbor”. At least this one has something resembling a story line, and backs away from too many hollywood cookie-cutter plots.

    Still…i have trouble with a lot of things in it. The joker’s explosions just appearing out of nowhere. They have those ferry ships at the end, and throughout the whole movie the joker has been bombing everything in sight, and nobody thinks to check the ferries for explosives before the leave. It’s not like there’s a pipe bomb hidden in an air duct either, no, the entire engineering bay is filled with drums of explosives wired together. Nobody noticed that?

    But, as with any action movie, picking on things like that wont get you anywhere, if you do it just means you’re not the person this movie was intended for. I’m not.

  • MondoMolesto

    I kinda liked this one. It’s not great, but it’s alright…i mean for a summer action movie it’s alright. Thats sort of like saying that this particular time you got kicked in the teeth wasnt as bad as the last times though. I walked out on batman begins. No idea why, i just know something about it really rubbed me the wrong way, and i walked out after about 20 minutes of it. I’ve never bothered to watch it again.

    This one, i didnt even bother to see because i knew right away it was overhyped, and i’d be disappointed if i paid money for it, and i agreed with that original assessment when i actually saw it.

    It’s just too juvenile for me. Maybe if i was 10 years younger i’d be more into it, but it just seems to silly, too appealing to an immature mind for me. I’m the kind of guy who read comic books when he was a kid, and only when i was a kid. I got to an age where they just started to seem stupid, and i moved on. So i’m really not this movie’s targeted audience.

    I like the direction it takes big summer action movies, i mean actually paying attention to something resembling quality, rather than just seeing the latest and greatest hollywood hunk strut around on screen for two hours, and with themes like “it would really suck if america blew up” or “love will win pearl harbor”. At least this one has something resembling a story line, and backs away from too many hollywood cookie-cutter plots.

    Still…i have trouble with a lot of things in it. The joker’s explosions just appearing out of nowhere. They have those ferry ships at the end, and throughout the whole movie the joker has been bombing everything in sight, and nobody thinks to check the ferries for explosives before the leave. It’s not like there’s a pipe bomb hidden in an air duct either, no, the entire engineering bay is filled with drums of explosives wired together. Nobody noticed that?

    But, as with any action movie, picking on things like that wont get you anywhere, if you do it just means you’re not the person this movie was intended for. I’m not.

  • http://www.tdffilms.com/ henrydalton

    If you’re wondering about the whole ‘mayor wearing eyeliner’ thing…

    http://www.premiumhollywood.com/2009/01/28/once-more-for-the-record-nestor-carbonell-does-not-wear-eye-make-up/

  • http://www.tdffilms.com henrydalton

    If you’re wondering about the whole ‘mayor wearing eyeliner’ thing…

    http://www.premiumhollywood.com/2009/01/28/once-more-for-the-record-nestor-carbonell-does-not-wear-eye-make-up/

  • Lady Echo

    I’ll have to disagree with you on this one.

    Granted, I didn’t see “Batman Begins” (in fact, the last one I saw was the 1989 “Batman”), but I caught the latter 75% or so of this one on TV the other day. I’m not a huge fan of Batman (or “The Batman” as they call him in this film). But as a movie standing on its own, this one has some serious issues.

    Mainly, it’s very dark (yeah I know “Dark Knight.” Har.) But it’s not just the lighting, everything seems really psychotic. The only character who makes any sense is the Joker. I recall him saying “I’m an agent of chaos” or something. That makes sense. Alfred even analyzed him: “Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

    Anyway, I realize Batman has always been dark and brooding, and I like that about the series. But this film felt like it took itself way too seriously. I mean, there has to be some element that initiates your suspension of disbelief. But I just couldn’t believe a whole lot of things. I couldn’t believe that the police were so incompetent. I couldn’t believe they didn’t call the Army (one of the characters even pointed this out after I thought of this!) I also couldn’t believe how everyone in the city could look up to a guy wearing a bat suit. At least not this city. Batman 1989 had just enough campy elements to make it work without being too cheesy, but this one was trying to be too realistic.

    Another thing I couldn’t stand was how the plot jumped around so much. I mean, you have to be ADHD to keep up with it. The scenes change so rapidly, I could barely digest one plot point before another was introduced. There was very little in the way of smooth transition between scenes. I couldn’t tell if some of this stuff was happening on the same day, or if it took several days, weeks, or even months for all this to happen. It just seemed way too convenient, like you mentioned with the Joker planting explosives in the hospital that Harvey Dent just happened to be taken to, because he just happened to be the one that Batman rescued instead of the girl. It seems like a lot of his “agent of chaos” stuff was actually pretty controlled. OH NOES! A PARADOX!

    Anyway, it was definitely a lot more dialogue-oriented than other Batman films, but did he have to talk that way whenever he put on the bat suit? It’s almost like he was the multiple-personality schizophrenic instead of the Joker.

    That whole thing with the sonar? Cheap. Cool, but cheap. Yeah, he’s a bat, so he can see with sonar. Sounds better on paper, or for a video game. There was very little point to add the Morgan Freeman character to run the whole thing, it was just another conflict of morality the writers wanted us to see Batman discarding so they could have another excuse for the people to hate him by the end. As if they didn’t already.

    Gotham City seems like a place where everything is put in reverse. Seriously, a boat full of prisoners and they toss out the detonator for the other boat? Maybe that one guy could be virtuous and honorable, but I doubt they all would have been. Not to stereotype the prison population (they’re people too, after all), but there is a good reason for some of those people to be there, and they didn’t get there by caring for other people’s well being.

    Anyway, it wasn’t all bad, but these are some things I couldn’t see past. I give it a mediocre rating.

    Of course, having said all that, Heath Ledger’s Joker was by far the best Joker ever! RIP Heath.

  • Lady Echo

    I’ll have to disagree with you on this one.

    Granted, I didn’t see “Batman Begins” (in fact, the last one I saw was the 1989 “Batman”), but I caught the latter 75% or so of this one on TV the other day. I’m not a huge fan of Batman (or “The Batman” as they call him in this film). But as a movie standing on its own, this one has some serious issues.

    Mainly, it’s very dark (yeah I know “Dark Knight.” Har.) But it’s not just the lighting, everything seems really psychotic. The only character who makes any sense is the Joker. I recall him saying “I’m an agent of chaos” or something. That makes sense. Alfred even analyzed him: “Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

    Anyway, I realize Batman has always been dark and brooding, and I like that about the series. But this film felt like it took itself way too seriously. I mean, there has to be some element that initiates your suspension of disbelief. But I just couldn’t believe a whole lot of things. I couldn’t believe that the police were so incompetent. I couldn’t believe they didn’t call the Army (one of the characters even pointed this out after I thought of this!) I also couldn’t believe how everyone in the city could look up to a guy wearing a bat suit. At least not this city. Batman 1989 had just enough campy elements to make it work without being too cheesy, but this one was trying to be too realistic.

    Another thing I couldn’t stand was how the plot jumped around so much. I mean, you have to be ADHD to keep up with it. The scenes change so rapidly, I could barely digest one plot point before another was introduced. There was very little in the way of smooth transition between scenes. I couldn’t tell if some of this stuff was happening on the same day, or if it took several days, weeks, or even months for all this to happen. It just seemed way too convenient, like you mentioned with the Joker planting explosives in the hospital that Harvey Dent just happened to be taken to, because he just happened to be the one that Batman rescued instead of the girl. It seems like a lot of his “agent of chaos” stuff was actually pretty controlled. OH NOES! A PARADOX!

    Anyway, it was definitely a lot more dialogue-oriented than other Batman films, but did he have to talk that way whenever he put on the bat suit? It’s almost like he was the multiple-personality schizophrenic instead of the Joker.

    That whole thing with the sonar? Cheap. Cool, but cheap. Yeah, he’s a bat, so he can see with sonar. Sounds better on paper, or for a video game. There was very little point to add the Morgan Freeman character to run the whole thing, it was just another conflict of morality the writers wanted us to see Batman discarding so they could have another excuse for the people to hate him by the end. As if they didn’t already.

    Gotham City seems like a place where everything is put in reverse. Seriously, a boat full of prisoners and they toss out the detonator for the other boat? Maybe that one guy could be virtuous and honorable, but I doubt they all would have been. Not to stereotype the prison population (they’re people too, after all), but there is a good reason for some of those people to be there, and they didn’t get there by caring for other people’s well being.

    Anyway, it wasn’t all bad, but these are some things I couldn’t see past. I give it a mediocre rating.

    Of course, having said all that, Heath Ledger’s Joker was by far the best Joker ever! RIP Heath.

  • Invertin

    You know that Heath Ledger is an absolutely fantastic actor when you find out that the hospital bombing scene was actually a technical difficulty.

    All of the bombs were meant to go off at once, but they didn’t. Heath just stayed in character anyway. That little jump when the bomb does go off is actually real surprise.

    I mean when the tech guys fuck up a shot like that and you stay in character, that’s just awesome.

  • Invertin

    You know that Heath Ledger is an absolutely fantastic actor when you find out that the hospital bombing scene was actually a technical difficulty.

    All of the bombs were meant to go off at once, but they didn’t. Heath just stayed in character anyway. That little jump when the bomb does go off is actually real surprise.

    I mean when the tech guys fuck up a shot like that and you stay in character, that’s just awesome.

  • Seth

    I loved The Dark Knight, and for all its faults…

    At least it didn’t have Penguin biting a guy’s nose off.

  • Seth

    I loved The Dark Knight, and for all its faults…

    At least it didn’t have Penguin biting a guy’s nose off.

  • http://www.twitter.com/LucasChad Lucas

    Oscars or no oscars, still a great movie!

    Long live Heath Ledger!

  • http://www.twitter.com/LucasChad Lucas

    Oscars or no oscars, still a great movie!

    Long live Heath Ledger!

  • TexMechx

    There was no better Joker than Heath Ledgers Joker. And i doubt that anyone will be able to fill his shoes.

    Normally i rip the shit out of action movies with all the pre-planted bombs and cell phones that act like sonar and shit like that…

    But fuck a duck if this movie doesn’t rock. I loved it from start to finish. I think they could have put talking dinosaurs in there somewhere i wouldn’t have cared.

  • TexMechx

    There was no better Joker than Heath Ledgers Joker. And i doubt that anyone will be able to fill his shoes.

    Normally i rip the shit out of action movies with all the pre-planted bombs and cell phones that act like sonar and shit like that…

    But fuck a duck if this movie doesn’t rock. I loved it from start to finish. I think they could have put talking dinosaurs in there somewhere i wouldn’t have cared.

  • Kelter82

    Great review! I also loved the movie. Although there were scenes where… does it have to be that dark? Visually? Like, do police stations not have lighting? Was so annoying to be squinting all the time. I get that the producers were trying to maintain a flow of ‘darkness’ throughout the movie but still. Annoying.

    Oh and Nestor Carbonell (mayor of gotham) doesn’t wear eyeliner. I think he might be Italian… possibly Cuban or Spanish… but in any case, I’ve ALWAYS seen him like this, with dark eyelashes. I do have an Italian friend who owns no eye makeup and yet her lashes/eyes are crazy dark and it looks like she is.

    Nevertheless, great review and kudos to those guys that made Batman. Dark Knight and the one with the Penguin are my all-time favourites :)

  • Kelter82

    Great review! I also loved the movie. Although there were scenes where… does it have to be that dark? Visually? Like, do police stations not have lighting? Was so annoying to be squinting all the time. I get that the producers were trying to maintain a flow of ‘darkness’ throughout the movie but still. Annoying.

    Oh and Nestor Carbonell (mayor of gotham) doesn’t wear eyeliner. I think he might be Italian… possibly Cuban or Spanish… but in any case, I’ve ALWAYS seen him like this, with dark eyelashes. I do have an Italian friend who owns no eye makeup and yet her lashes/eyes are crazy dark and it looks like she is.

    Nevertheless, great review and kudos to those guys that made Batman. Dark Knight and the one with the Penguin are my all-time favourites :)

  • http://www.myspace.com/killedbyinsomnia Insomnia

    Are you eating Taco Bell?

  • http://www.myspace.com/killedbyinsomnia Insomnia

    Are you eating Taco Bell?

  • Picvegita

    Mr. Spoony, well done!

    Great call on Maggie being shot in REALLY unattractive ways/light in this movie (I mean as you said in other films she looks fine, not super hot but still Hollywood attractive), and I mostly agree with your summary/review.

    It was a very entertaining film, in fact that the first time I saw it, it scores so high on my personal review scale that it became the top action movie for me EVER, upon later reviews still super fun and entertaining but it drops back to reality of being up there with Children of Men , Hot Fuzz and 28 days later for my all time faves.

  • Picvegita

    Mr. Spoony, well done!

    Great call on Maggie being shot in REALLY unattractive ways/light in this movie (I mean as you said in other films she looks fine, not super hot but still Hollywood attractive), and I mostly agree with your summary/review.

    It was a very entertaining film, in fact that the first time I saw it, it scores so high on my personal review scale that it became the top action movie for me EVER, upon later reviews still super fun and entertaining but it drops back to reality of being up there with Children of Men , Hot Fuzz and 28 days later for my all time faves.

  • Fr33l4nc3

    at first i saw this and i was like “o shit hes gonna hate on this? fuck im!” then i saw it was a POSITIVE review

  • Fr33l4nc3

    at first i saw this and i was like “o shit hes gonna hate on this? fuck im!” then i saw it was a POSITIVE review

  • Inkbrush

    “Oh, and what the hell was up with the mayor of Gotham City wearing eyeliner?”
    said Spoony.

    wait, what?
    i don’t remember anyone with eyeliner except Joker.

    and sure, Heath Ledger played Joker quite good but not better than Cesar Romero or Jack Nicholson.
    and oh, Christian Bale sucks as Batman. Michael Keaton as Batman FTW

  • Inkbrush

    “Oh, and what the hell was up with the mayor of Gotham City wearing eyeliner?”
    said Spoony.

    wait, what?
    i don’t remember anyone with eyeliner except Joker.

    and sure, Heath Ledger played Joker quite good but not better than Cesar Romero or Jack Nicholson.
    and oh, Christian Bale sucks as Batman. Michael Keaton as Batman FTW

  • http://philrivera.net/ Raith

    The biggest flaw of Dark Knight is definatly it’s length. It’s just about a half hour too long. I think the ending sequence with the boats was the longest part. That shoulda been cut down. Other than that, it was a really good movie and i’ll rewatch it just like I rewatch Begins.

  • http://philrivera.net Raith

    The biggest flaw of Dark Knight is definatly it’s length. It’s just about a half hour too long. I think the ending sequence with the boats was the longest part. That shoulda been cut down. Other than that, it was a really good movie and i’ll rewatch it just like I rewatch Begins.

  • ledz

    that was an ok review overall.. i kind of like spoony’s stuf. but just one thing.. dont review while eating, its fuking anoying and its gross

  • ledz

    that was an ok review overall.. i kind of like spoony’s stuf. but just one thing.. dont review while eating, its fuking anoying and its gross

  • http://www.twitter.com/zeusianprophecy Scott ‘Zeus’ Christian

    Call it “blasphemy”, but I’m kind of glad Ledger cannot reprise his role (HOWEVER! I’m sad that it is because he passed on). My reasoning being that the next iteration in the Nolan Trilogy could NOT feature the Joker to the degree and depth that was in TDK. As such, it’d be deeply difficult to work Joker back into the story, and allowing Ledger the same level of freedom to run around as the character. Quite honestly, I do hope that the Joker is NOT utilised in the third movie, as it would undermine the second (in my opinion anyway).

    As with the first and second, the third should focus on entirely NEW villains. I’d personally like to see The Ventriloquist and Scarface make their appearance. I always found their presence to be intricate, and deeply unsettling. $20 down on seeing Killer Croc in the next one, though. Or maybe, we’ll get Harley Quinn to replace Joker? Of course, I’d like to see the Animated Series version costume; not the Arkham Asylum game one. For… obvious reasons… natch.

  • http://www.twitter.com/zeusianprophecy Scott ‘Zeus’ Christian

    Call it “blasphemy”, but I’m kind of glad Ledger cannot reprise his role (HOWEVER! I’m sad that it is because he passed on). My reasoning being that the next iteration in the Nolan Trilogy could NOT feature the Joker to the degree and depth that was in TDK. As such, it’d be deeply difficult to work Joker back into the story, and allowing Ledger the same level of freedom to run around as the character. Quite honestly, I do hope that the Joker is NOT utilised in the third movie, as it would undermine the second (in my opinion anyway).

    As with the first and second, the third should focus on entirely NEW villains. I’d personally like to see The Ventriloquist and Scarface make their appearance. I always found their presence to be intricate, and deeply unsettling. $20 down on seeing Killer Croc in the next one, though. Or maybe, we’ll get Harley Quinn to replace Joker? Of course, I’d like to see the Animated Series version costume; not the Arkham Asylum game one. For… obvious reasons… natch.

  • auPHE

    Apparently, and this is according to the actor who plays the mayor of Gotham City (and, incidentally, Richard from Lost <33)… He doesn't wear eyeliner. I say, "Yeah, right."

    (Besides, there are some guys who just look better with it, and he's one of them.)

  • auPHE

    Apparently, and this is according to the actor who plays the mayor of Gotham City (and, incidentally, Richard from Lost <33)… He doesn't wear eyeliner. I say, "Yeah, right."

    (Besides, there are some guys who just look better with it, and he's one of them.)

  • Bobed Bob

    There nothing much to discuss about this movie.Typical generic superhero action movie. Just entertain.

  • Bobed Bob

    There nothing much to discuss about this movie.Typical generic superhero action movie. Just entertain.

  • Thomas

    He really doesn’t wear eyeliner. I saw a picture of him as a kid on IMDB and his eyes just naturally look like that.

  • Thomas

    He really doesn’t wear eyeliner. I saw a picture of him as a kid on IMDB and his eyes just naturally look like that.

  • http://lowkey424.wordpress.com/ Lowcifur

    I like to think that the Joker already had the explosives in the hospital, and was planning on detonating them regardless, then just decided to put out his little PSA since it’d be funnier that way.

  • http://lowkey424.wordpress.com Lowcifur

    I like to think that the Joker already had the explosives in the hospital, and was planning on detonating them regardless, then just decided to put out his little PSA since it’d be funnier that way.

  • http://bobbymacdog.smackjeeves.com/ Monotar

    i REALLY didnt like this movie after haven seen this movie a second time. This is the kind of movie you go WOW over once. And when you’ve seen this movie once, It’s dead. No rewatch value at all.

  • http://bobbymacdog.smackjeeves.com Monotar

    i REALLY didnt like this movie after haven seen this movie a second time. This is the kind of movie you go WOW over once. And when you’ve seen this movie once, It’s dead. No rewatch value at all.

  • Harichu

    I don’t know if anyone have wrote this. But the actor who plays the mayor of gotham city is “Nestor Carbonell”, and he doesen’t have eyeliner. Many people thinks so , but he is really just looking like that. :P

  • Harichu

    I don’t know if anyone have wrote this. But the actor who plays the mayor of gotham city is “Nestor Carbonell”, and he doesen’t have eyeliner. Many people thinks so , but he is really just looking like that. :P

  • KeithM

    I have a confession to make… I was one of those wacky fanboys who stood in line for 4 hours to see this movie opening night… then did it again a week later to see it on IMAX. For me, this movie was a genuine experience much like the Lord of the Rings was; you can sit there after the movie and feel sure that you’ve been one of those witnessing a big cinematic moment like the Star Wars Original Trilogy. I’m like pretty much anyone else that liked this movie: I was overjoyed when Rachel Dawes got blown up. She had no place in the movie, added nothing to the character, story, or general development, and the director was right to just rub her out of the entire picture. The two things that I saw carrying The Dark Knight was the development of what Batman actually is… and Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker.

    Almost without fail in the comic books, the Joker is portrayed as a madman who nonetheless can remark to another villain that “I only say here because it’s funny” when speaking of Arkham Asylum… and the reader can genuinely believe that the Joker could leave at a whim without much trouble. It’s a very difficult performance to bring off… you have to convince the audience that the villain is actually insane while also convincing them that the villain is so fiendishly cunning that he can seize control of events and direct them like a puppeteer. I believe that the Joker actually putting a massive amount of explosives in the hospital would have been solved by widening the timeline a little because the movie establishes that the Joker can easily get access to goons that take care of the grunt work. Ledger makes the Joker a real adversary for the remarkable intellect of Batman and it is tragic that any prior movies will go forward without this movie’s chess match between two very different yet roughly equal players in a deadly game. Heath Ledger and his ability to make the Joker into what he has always been will be sorely missed.

    I also enjoyed the second carrying point of the movie: the further development of Batman. The first movie established what forces pushed him onto the path that he walked; the second one examined the boundaries of the Batman’s crusade against crime. Batman is a vigilante who nonetheless will risk himself to avoid killing a remorseless psychopathic murderer. He is willing to create what Lucius Fox called an abomination to catch an evil man… then put the system’s self-destruct in the hands of the man who hated it most. He sacrificed his reputation as a doer of good just to avoid tarnishing his city’s burnished image of a highly principled district attorney who did with the law what Batman did without it. In short, we see Batman formed into a fearsome ends-justify-the-means vigilante… who draws a thick red line between himself and a maniac like the Joker. Most of all, we see that Batman genuinely wishes that the city he loved could be cleaned and protected without the billowing cape of the Batman overshadowing it. Like Ledger making the Joker into a rough Moriarty, Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan created a movie Batman that reflects the complex persona of a principled intellectual vigilante that must be a shallow irresponsible playboy for the world.

    Others have suggested what villain they’d like to see for a future Christopher Nolan directed Batman movie; my answer is that I’d like to see Bane and further, to see the “Knightfall” trilogy converted into a movie of the quality of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I think that as far as a trilogy goes, it would be the perfect bookend to the development of Batman as a person in the universe at large. For those of you unfamiliar with it, the Knightfall trilogy features Batman being worn down by endless crime waves engineered by Bane until he is so exhausted that Bane can reveal himself… and snap Batman’s spine, rendering him a paraplegic. Due to excellent medical help, Bruce Wayne starts on the road to recovering but in the meantime, hands the cape over to a man that he regards as a responsible guardian. The man proves to be zealous but unprincipled, so taken with the ability to suppress crime with fear that he becomes a murderer… all the while dressed in the cape of a man who has always stepped back from that abyss. Bruce Wayne eventually recovers and fights his successor for his cape… and in the end, triumphs, returning Batman to being a caped crusader, a principled vigilante who recoils from the worst evils. In my view, the book trilogy establishes exactly who the Batman is and cements him as the man who does numerous questionable things to deter and fight evil but will not destroy even the most bloodthirsty life. This would be an epic bookend to the Nolan movies if done right and firmly would set Batman on the path that logically leads to an ordinary man being regarded as equal to the superhumans and supernaturals of the Justice League.

  • KeithM

    I have a confession to make… I was one of those wacky fanboys who stood in line for 4 hours to see this movie opening night… then did it again a week later to see it on IMAX. For me, this movie was a genuine experience much like the Lord of the Rings was; you can sit there after the movie and feel sure that you’ve been one of those witnessing a big cinematic moment like the Star Wars Original Trilogy. I’m like pretty much anyone else that liked this movie: I was overjoyed when Rachel Dawes got blown up. She had no place in the movie, added nothing to the character, story, or general development, and the director was right to just rub her out of the entire picture. The two things that I saw carrying The Dark Knight was the development of what Batman actually is… and Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker.

    Almost without fail in the comic books, the Joker is portrayed as a madman who nonetheless can remark to another villain that “I only say here because it’s funny” when speaking of Arkham Asylum… and the reader can genuinely believe that the Joker could leave at a whim without much trouble. It’s a very difficult performance to bring off… you have to convince the audience that the villain is actually insane while also convincing them that the villain is so fiendishly cunning that he can seize control of events and direct them like a puppeteer. I believe that the Joker actually putting a massive amount of explosives in the hospital would have been solved by widening the timeline a little because the movie establishes that the Joker can easily get access to goons that take care of the grunt work. Ledger makes the Joker a real adversary for the remarkable intellect of Batman and it is tragic that any prior movies will go forward without this movie’s chess match between two very different yet roughly equal players in a deadly game. Heath Ledger and his ability to make the Joker into what he has always been will be sorely missed.

    I also enjoyed the second carrying point of the movie: the further development of Batman. The first movie established what forces pushed him onto the path that he walked; the second one examined the boundaries of the Batman’s crusade against crime. Batman is a vigilante who nonetheless will risk himself to avoid killing a remorseless psychopathic murderer. He is willing to create what Lucius Fox called an abomination to catch an evil man… then put the system’s self-destruct in the hands of the man who hated it most. He sacrificed his reputation as a doer of good just to avoid tarnishing his city’s burnished image of a highly principled district attorney who did with the law what Batman did without it. In short, we see Batman formed into a fearsome ends-justify-the-means vigilante… who draws a thick red line between himself and a maniac like the Joker. Most of all, we see that Batman genuinely wishes that the city he loved could be cleaned and protected without the billowing cape of the Batman overshadowing it. Like Ledger making the Joker into a rough Moriarty, Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan created a movie Batman that reflects the complex persona of a principled intellectual vigilante that must be a shallow irresponsible playboy for the world.

    Others have suggested what villain they’d like to see for a future Christopher Nolan directed Batman movie; my answer is that I’d like to see Bane and further, to see the “Knightfall” trilogy converted into a movie of the quality of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I think that as far as a trilogy goes, it would be the perfect bookend to the development of Batman as a person in the universe at large. For those of you unfamiliar with it, the Knightfall trilogy features Batman being worn down by endless crime waves engineered by Bane until he is so exhausted that Bane can reveal himself… and snap Batman’s spine, rendering him a paraplegic. Due to excellent medical help, Bruce Wayne starts on the road to recovering but in the meantime, hands the cape over to a man that he regards as a responsible guardian. The man proves to be zealous but unprincipled, so taken with the ability to suppress crime with fear that he becomes a murderer… all the while dressed in the cape of a man who has always stepped back from that abyss. Bruce Wayne eventually recovers and fights his successor for his cape… and in the end, triumphs, returning Batman to being a caped crusader, a principled vigilante who recoils from the worst evils. In my view, the book trilogy establishes exactly who the Batman is and cements him as the man who does numerous questionable things to deter and fight evil but will not destroy even the most bloodthirsty life. This would be an epic bookend to the Nolan movies if done right and firmly would set Batman on the path that logically leads to an ordinary man being regarded as equal to the superhumans and supernaturals of the Justice League.

  • ApatheticOne (the original)

    Oh wow…I somehow missed this posting…

    Well…long rant short, if you disregard the late Heath Ledgers' portrayal of the Joker..this film becomes a steaming pile of rhino dung. Christain Bale is by far, one of the worst Batmans…ever. Such an overrated flick……….

  • ApatheticOne (the original)

    Oh wow…I somehow missed this posting…

    Well…long rant short, if you disregard the late Heath Ledgers' portrayal of the Joker..this film becomes a steaming pile of rhino dung. Christain Bale is by far, one of the worst Batmans…ever. Such an overrated flick……….

  • http://twitter.com/theMcKrista Krista McLaughlin

    what were you eating? it looks delicious…

    anyway, i'm glad to hear you liked the movie. c:

    i don't think i have anything to add to what's already been said, but i really have to disagree with your critique of maggie gyllenhaal. i found it very unfair. i think that she actually looked the part of a character who was just emotionally wrung out, and still looked very beautiful. as a woman, it's a little disheartening to hear such adamant disapproval of a more realistic female character.

  • wingzero850

    i think the joker had set up some bombs in the hospital and worked with the air tanks so thats what i think

  • http://www.facebook.com/Treima Jimi Alexander

    You're making me want Taco Bell. :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/SlickyMike88 Michael Kragseth

    I prefer Christian Bale in American Pyscho to be honest:D In this he was just growling , I taught he did a better job in batman begins . I wasn't a big fan of the dark knight movie either:P

  • Phrederic

    I like to think that the Joker has some sort of almost supernatural mind control over the mentally unstable, and he had a sort of cult that worships him as a god of insanity that will bring them peace, and he uses these cult members as the agents in his game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Mcnamee/100000029655337 James Mcnamee

    i really liked this movie a lot and i agree with like 99% of this review and thank u spoony for pointing out the god awful character that is Rachael i was so damn happy when they killed her off so she cant be in any more of the batman movies she was probably the only problem i had with this movie and of course Christian bale is a fucking dill hole but he plays a good batman.

  • Testsubject909

    The only nitpicking I have to do to Batman Begin is the freaking last battle scene… Which connects to the beginning, which felt a bit tacked on just so Batman could gain all that Kung-Fu popularity…

    Batman's always been more of a boxer from what I've seen. And skipping out on an epic finale with the Scarecrow was a serious cop-out. Instead we get generic evil kung-fu master villain that I don't beleive is canon to Batman's story. Though I could be wrong, it's been ages since I last read a batman comic book.

  • Anonymous

    The only nitpicking I have to do to Batman Begin is the freaking last battle scene… Which connects to the beginning, which felt a bit tacked on just so Batman could gain all that Kung-Fu popularity…

    Batman’s always been more of a boxer from what I’ve seen. And skipping out on an epic finale with the Scarecrow was a serious cop-out. Instead we get generic evil kung-fu master villain that I don’t beleive is canon to Batman’s story. Though I could be wrong, it’s been ages since I last read a batman comic book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeffrey-Wrightson/100000409923994 Jeffrey Wrightson

    Good critique overall. That said, I must agree with Krista here that you were rough with Maggie Gyllenhal’s character. I think that the Rachel Dawes character was obviously working overtime and totally strung out dealing with Gotham and the Joker’s mayhem and the fact that Maggie Gyllenhal looked hopelessly exhausted the whole time was very fitting. Also, and I don’t want to come across as a nag, but I honestly found your tone during the Maggie Gyllenhal part of the review very mysogynist. Dude, I respect you very much and your insight and you’re obviously very bright but you’ve gotta be more mindful of that “harping wench” shit.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SMCR43K7B7ILAPDEYDF2TFAHXQ Beyluna

    ok I just have to say this for me batman is kinda a big thing. some people go nuts for superman or the green lantern or spider-man, me I love batman. I just have to say the only version of batman I have ever seen that got the characters right the voices all in all perfect was the animated series from 1992. I understand they were trying to make it seem more realistic but its a super hero movie, its not really supposed to be that realistic. I was really upset about the lack of a real batmobile. but all in all I know I’m kinda contradicting myself here from another post and I know I should probably give it more of a chance but I was spoiled with the animated series. it was just awesome.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SMCR43K7B7ILAPDEYDF2TFAHXQ Beyluna

    ok I just have to say this for me batman is kinda a big thing. some people go nuts for superman or the green lantern or spider-man, me I love batman. I just have to say the only version of batman I have ever seen that got the characters right the voices all in all perfect was the animated series from 1992. I understand they were trying to make it seem more realistic but its a super hero movie, its not really supposed to be that realistic. I was really upset about the lack of a real batmobile. but all in all I know I’m kinda contradicting myself here from another post and I know I should probably give it more of a chance but I was spoiled with the animated series. it was just awesome.

  • Anonymous

    I loved this movie, but Nicholson is still my favorite Joker. I thought he was perfect, capturing both the psychopath and the clownish side of the character.

  • Anonymous

    I loved this movie, but Nicholson is still my favorite Joker. I thought he was perfect, capturing both the psychopath and the clownish side of the character.

  • Anonymous

    an excellent movie, but its true that the joker is wildly “convienient” with being able to stuff the hospital with that much explosives, not to mention the two boats, both without being seen.

  • Anonymous

    Well it was made pretty obvious what a manipulative son of a gun The Joker is throughout the movie. Me might have had help from his disciples in planting all those bombs throughout the hospital. I mean, after all, he had people in the police force doing his bidding (like when Ramirez and whoever it was that kidnapped Rachel and Harvey).

    I mean, would that make sense?

    Anyway, I really loved the movie too! I have a DVD of it that I’ve been watching over and over again for the past FOUR YEARS!

    Y’know what I find unnerving about the movie, though? It’s just like how easy it was for the Joker to turn everyone against each other. And how his stories about how he got those scars are all about people who are supposed to be CLOSE to him screwing him over. I mean, maybe I’m captain obvious for saying this but the reason the Joker took such an interest in Batman is probably because he was JUST LIKE the Batman once. After all, he helped turn the reknowned and beloved hero Harvey Dent into Two Face.

    Dag. A man like The Batman turning into someone like the Joker…?? It’s really scary to think about..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Wells/13805208 Patrick Wells

    One of the best movies of the decade (I put it at number 8 on my list). And I love how unformulaic it is, and how episodic and chaotic it is.

  • http://twitter.com/ScottieBeagin ScottieB

    I loved this movie at first, but in time I realized something: this is a great movie, but a TERRIBLE Batman adaptation.

    YES Batman is supposed to be dark. But it’s TOO dark in this. Everyone just looks depressed and everything is just too grim. AND IT’S TOO FRIGGEN REALISTIC!

    STOP TRYING TO MAKE SUPERHEROES SOUND IN REALITY. It’s a guy who dresses like a friggen BAT. We can take a chemically burned Joker who is ACTUALLY INSANE.

    The Joker is supposed to be a crazy, not an Anarchist. and that’s how he comes off in this movie. Politically motivated. The Joker is supposed to be (for lack of a better term) “in it for the lulz”.

    He’s an insane clown. You want a good Joker? Watch Batman The Animated Series

    Heath Ledger didn’t play the Joker. He played a homicidal anarchist in clown paint

    • Jeremy “MEGADEATH” Lee

      boosh! good call. have you read “the joker’s five way revenge?” i think you’d dig it.
      and yes, the animated version of the joker was frickin great! especially when he screwed over lex luthor.

    • phoenixrider100

      He has an anarchist agenda, but his primary goal is to show humans as being just like him in the end. That is taken from the comics, the Killing Joke in particular

  • Anonymous

    i think i might be reaching a bit. but i think the point with joker’s so called pre planning in regards to batman and harvery dent/2 face, was that the joker was responsible for it with out actually having planned anything out. the joker in the dark knight was more an opportunistic predator that used the chaos he created to paint a picture of himself that made it appear as though he had a plan all along. ultimately the joker’s motivation in this movie is to satisfy his own diluded fantasy and that he had no idea who batman was going to save, or that harvey dent would get burned alive and horribly deformed, but used those events as opportunities to trick people into thinking he had calculated all of the outcomes when really his predictions all come after the fact.

    • Jeremy “MEGADEATH” Lee

      that’s not as far off as you think. i however would offer the reverse as a response: yes, he did take the oppritunity of chaos to get things done, BUT he set forth things in motion long in advance. the reason i say this is because he really doesn’t care, yet at the same time he is an attention hog. if you’ll recall at the end of batman begins, we are introduced to the joker, though not in person, but the fact that his card is shown we knew what was next. at the beginning of the dark knight he systematically weeded out the co-horts in the bank crime. he knew batman was going after the mob, he intentionally robbed a banked owned by falcone and others. he knew this would get batman’s attention and he knew that sooner or later batman would take out the mob and solely get his (batman’s) attention. he really didnt care about money, he really didnt care about the mob or their issues with batman, he didnt care about dent and dawes, he just wanted batman’s attention. and the best way to do that was get rid of everyone and everything that stood in his way and make batman play the games he (the joker) wanted.

  • Jeremy “MEGADEATH” Lee

    the rachael dawes character is an jumbled mess of all the loves of batman’s life. vicki vale, silver st. cloud, julie madison, selena kyle (sort of) and every other woman bruce has had in his life, but rejected.

  • Senna4ever

    “It’s better then Batman Begins”.
    Hardly high praise when BB was terrible.

    Yet even though I dislike BB so damn much (it’s just such a badly written and directed film). TDK was good, damn good.

    Got to cut to the chase here. Ledger is a crap Joker. I liked the character he played, but he was not playing Joker at all. Remove the make up and wardrobe and just just have your pointless bad guy that blows stuff up…which is what he was. Nothing against Ledger’s acting, it’s just the character was badly written. That was not Joker.

    Two Face was FAR more interesting and acted to perfection by Eckhart.

    Best part of the film?
    When they destroyed that butt-ugly, oversized Bat tank thing. That is the worst Batmobile yet. It was glorious when it exploded…and they areĀ bringingĀ it back for the next film.

    I’m looking forward to the next film. But with a terrible start, great middle piece…I don’t know what to expect with the finale. I just hope Bane breaks Batman’s back. Kill the Batman, now there’s an ending.

  • http://shinyavarice.tumblr.com/ ShinyAvarice

    I feel hungry for Taco bell now

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ej-Whitecalf/1216203561 Ej Whitecalf

    The only thing I’d say about this review, it;s all good and all pretty much a part of why I loved it, but you don’t really need to wonder how he got a the explosive anywhere, he has so many connections and so many crazy and mentally ill goons everywhere and corrupt people that the crime lords know. He owns the underground. There could be tunnels going through the hospital or something, he could’ve had guys doing that, he doesn’t do such menial tasks by himself, especially setting up bombs.

  • Deaive

    I think Nestor Carbonell always looks like he’s wearing eyeliner, the lucky bastard.

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