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The Dark Knight

by

Jeff Nelson

The Dark Knight is clearly an absolutely phenomenal film that shouldn't be missed by any audience.

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The first things that come to people's heads when they think of an action movie is explosions, guns, and fights. Most moviegoers don't care about acting, character development, or screenwriting when going to see an action movie. Batman movies, along with other superhero films, are seen as popcorn flicks, but that may have changed.

Batman teams with Lt. James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent to take down Gotham City's criminal organizations. Although, a psychotic new villain known as the Joker threatens to undo all their good work. The cat-and-mouse story between Batman and the Joker has gone through video games, movies, comic books, cartoons, and plenty of other forms of media. The plot is definitely much darker and more serious than any other depiction. The Joker is simply much more twisted and Batman is more serious about his job than what audiences have seen before. The dialogue is top-knotch and the viewers get several fantastic speeches from the Joker. The conversations between Batman and the Joker are witty and interesting. There are hints of dark humor throughout the film, mostly coming from the Joker. It's a long film, but it never wears.

To make a movie such as this, good actors are just as important as the FX. Luckily, the cast holds Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, and others. There is no doubt that the strongest performance is by Heath Ledger as the Joker. He nails every line and expression and truly becomes his character. It couldn't be possible for any actor to do this role better than Heath Ledger did. Christian Bale is a great actor and knows how to reflect on Heath Ledger's acting, even though he doesn't shine as much as Ledger does. Maggie Gyllenhaal is definitely an improvement over Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes. Aaron Eckhart performs as Harvey Dent and does a terrific job. All of the actors give their characters their own touch and it makes the audience be able to relate to each one of them, even the Joker in a morbid way. Seeing these actors do so well together just makes the movie that much better.

What's an action movie without explosions and fight scenes? The Dark Knight has plenty of it. We get to see more of Batman's equipment and vehicles than in Batman Begins. Everything from sound design to camera work, makes the visuals awesome. The Joker's make-up is the best it has ever been. It's a lot more messy and he looks a lot more like the psychotic villain he is. The green screen is used effectively throughout.

Searching this film on the internet, you find that most audiences have fallen in love with this movie. I can't write this review and not mention the director Christopher Nolan. Heath Ledger and Christopher Nolan are what ultimately made the film what it is. A beautifully shot and acted thriller. The Dark Knight is clearly an absolutely phenomenal film that shouldn't be missed by any audience.

My Rating = Five Stars

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