The Dark Knight

Synopsis: The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman set out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective. But soon the three find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.

The Dark Knight 8.5

I watched it for the fourth time last night (because a friend hadn’t yet seen it!) and it was my least enjoyable viewing so far. I still give it an 8.5, as I always did, because I think that my fatigued skewed things a little bit.

But I always had some problems with this film and I think it’s way over-rated. I mean, it’s a fun ride, but it doesn’t deserve to be the #9 movie of all time on the IMDB. Let’s face it, there are much more perfect films out there!

In fact, this film is so full of plot holes and “as if” moments that you have to wonder why people are not noticing it at all – it must be a wilful blindfolding of sorts, because the movie is basically a string of moments that are completely illogical, that are absolutely not credible.

But it’s still a great action movie, and Heath Ledger makes a great villain (even if he is The Joker in name only!) and fully deserved the Oscar – in this film you can see many instances of Brando at his best (it’s just that good of a performance!)

I wish that for the next installment, they wouldn’t try to outdo this one – but you know they will. In fact, they should tone it down a bit and bring Batman back to his roots more: as a brilliant detective who tracks his prey, instead of as a big-time action hero. Make it noir-ish, even, make it more about the story than the action. Now that, I would pay to see!

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