Gotham City paints a dark, gritty and discouraging environment for the events of The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan, 2008. Several months have past since Batman Begins (2005), and this time a strange villain, THE JOKER, played and immortalized by the late Heath Ledger, takes center stage by blackmailing the mob and spreading fear throughout the city. Bruce Wayne suits up as BATMAN, played by Christian Bale, and returns to the streets of Gotham, and realizes that there's a fine line between a good guy and a bad guy. Who can be trusted?
It was a huge success at the box office when it first came out-- due to high expectations after the first movie in the trilogy, Batman Begins. Nolan had done it again. While C. Bale reprises the role as Batman, we get to know Heath Ledger as The Joker. For me, the main character, the dark knight falls a bit short in this ensemble. The Joker character is a lot of fun tho, it really lights up the screen, in a somewhat disturbing way-- but what really makes it 'pop' is Ledgers acting performance, for which he received an Academy Award, for best supporting actor. It really was an outstanding performance, and worth every reason to see this movie-- again and again. Another performance/ character worth mentioning is Harvey Dent. It's lots of fun to see his progression, in terms of story lines and such, throughout the movie. Another good reason to watch this movie-- especially towards the end..
Heath Ledger as The Joker (photo/ google)
Christopher Nolan rebooted the Batman film franchise with, as before mentioned, Batman Begins-- and it really had both the fans and casual movie goers craving for more, low and behold-- The Dark Knight. Nolan made the reboot a lot darker and gritter than we've ever seen before. Although the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises included, is very box office generated, the tone is and style is tweaked a bit more than we're commonly used to see in these kind of movies. It's something about Nolan's directorial style that makes us craving more titles. His grand scaled action scenes (e.g. the opening scene captured in IMAX, car chase scenes and blow-up-scenes), and his attention to details in the more mellow and quited moments, e.g. the kitchen-mob-scene and the hospital-dent&joker-scene-- all very Nolan-esque. Also, the editing has an important role of the success of this movie.
The soundtrack, composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. Nice. I mean, really fitting to the style and look of the movie-- it really companies the dark knight and all his actions. Also, The Joker soundtrack theme, couldn't have been done any better. Dark, gritty and unpredictable-- just like the character himself. An intense soundtrack indeed.
The Dark Knight? Recommendable.