Friday, July 18, 2008

The Dark Knight (movie)

The pencil trick is still on my mind. I think it is going to haunt me for weeks. The Dark Knight is a horrific ride to a sick mind.

Of course, I have to talk about Heath Ledger's performance which is absolutely very scarey. I have never been this afraid of a character in a movie and he is not even a ghost. He is painful to watch as there is obviously a dark history behind that face which is not explored in the movie. Praise God that Christoper Nolan did not or else it would be unfit to watch.

I am relieved that Katie Holmes is not back in this movie. I do not know if it is because the producers dropped her or she was busy serving as Tom Cruise's baby-maker. Maggie Gyllenhaal is much much more credible, relatable and intelligent-looking. Aaron Eckhart as Two Face is very interesting and more believable than Tommy Lee Jones' version. It is very easy to understand why he has so much bitterness.

Christian Bale as the Dark Knight is different in this movie. He questions himself and his role in Gotham. But then Christian's performance is overshadowed by Heath's.

The gadgets are cool. The vehicles are awesome. The sound effects are booming. The visual effects are flawless. The makeup effects are very subtle. But those are not the selling points of this creation. Christopher Nolan's story is very very current and important. His movie demands us to ask ourselves--are we also capable of doing something so evil?

This is a movie that will be remembered for many years and it blows me away that it is actually from the superhero genre.

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