The Dark Knight review
The bat returns and there's a new villain in town.
After a successful first film Nolan's Batman is back on the big the screen and this time he has a run in with everyone’s favourite clinically insane clown, The Joker. The Batman's arch nemesis, the joker has been terrorizing the streets of Gotham city and it’s up to the Batman and his entourage of Gotham city's police departments finest to stop him.
The Dark Knight the much awaited sequel hits the screens the first time this summer, it’s been 3 years since we last saw Christian Bale suit up for the big role and this time with scarier bad guys, bigger explosions and tons of sequences that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Since Batman begins Nolan has set the bar high, Batman fans will be critical as the past movies let’s say...were a tragedy, Tim Burton’s Batman was more comical than the Joker himself. Never the less Batman fans can sit back and relax; the latest edition of the DC comic adaptation will exceed your expectations.
The main question everyone seems to be asking, is Heath Ledgers performance as the Joker spot on? To sum it up yes. Heath Ledger's portrayal of the menacing clown was outstanding; he captures the random and psychotic characteristics perfectly. He makes Jack Nicholson portrayal of the Joker look amateur. What you can really appreciate about Heath Ledgers performance is that he focuses more on the mental aspect of the super villain, in the past we have seen a more comedic take on the role, but this time the joker is terrifying, insane and power hungry. The performance of Ledger will definitely give him a well-deserved Oscar nomination and most likely ensure him the academy award himself. So to sum it up Heath Ledgers performance was spectacular, he will go down in history as one of the best villain portrayals of all time.
The general acting in the film was all on point once again, although their performances will get overshadowed by Heath Ledgers outstanding efforts, we can’t discredit them. Gary Oldman once again nailed it as Gotham city police commissioner Gordon. It was almost like the veteran actor was born for the role, not only does he give an accurate portrayal of the commissioner, he looks almost identical, it’s like they’ve taken the character from the comics and brought him to life. The return of Bale is always enlightening to see. Once again he portrays the eccentric billionaire Bruce Wayne and the caped vigilante Batman perfectly. The croaky voiced hero was smarter, stronger and generally fantastic. We also see the return of Cillian murphy as Dr Crane, better known as the Scarecrow. Although he makes a short appearance at the beginning of the film, he’s performance was satisfactory once again. Aaron Eckhart makes his way onto the big screen as the infamous Harvey Dent, another fresh face to the series puts in a brilliant performance as the disfigured villain Two Face.
Although the acting is far from poor in the new blockbuster, it’s not the only thing the film can credit for. Cristopher Nolan once again can safely say he’s produced another masterpiece of a film. The dark knight has everything you would hope for in a super hero movie, he’s saved the Batman series and will soon be recognised as somewhat of an idol amongst Batman fans. The film was captivating right from the begging, the opening scene involves a bank heist which is cleverly carried out and you won’t anticipate how it unravels at all. There were several scenes which had me on the edge of my seat screaming at the screen, the battle of wits between The Dark Knight and the Joker was exhilarating I was glued to my seat constantly questioning who was going to make the next move. The characters were developed perfectly; we really see the characters in their true colours in this film. Over all the writing was impeccable, Nolan can give himself a pat on the back after the release of this film.
So in conclusion the Dark knight rises will have Batman fans, superhero fans and general movie lovers in awe. The film was highly entertaining throughout, Nolan has outdone himself. I highly recommend you see this film; in my opinion not only is it one of or maybe even Christopher Nolan’s best pieces of work and the best super hero movie I’ve seen make its way to the big screen, but it’s also one of the best films of this decade. Perfect acting, perfect story and perfect directing the Dark Knight will receive a well-deserved 5/5.
-A must see