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The Dark Knight (2008) [Jul. 18th, 2008|05:30 am]
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The Dark Knight earned the massive hype it received. It was worth the wait. I liked it more than Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, and those were must-sees.

This film gripped me for 2.5 hours and did not let go. With so little gore, it did so much, and it did it in the classic way. Heath Ledger delivered an extraordinary role as Batman's arch-nemesis. The Joker is a misnomer. Mr. Terror is a better name.


It's simple.  Get Joker.  Simple, yeah right.


The 2nd act, I feel, is simply to get the Joker. With that simple goal comes a world of trouble. Heath's Joker embodied chaos. When they say "armed and dangerous" to describe suspects on the loose, those words don't do the Joker justice.

~*~*~UPDATE Late July 19th: I went to see this again tonight . . . my friend's right. 2nd act isn't about the Joker. It's about the money. Meaning, they're trying to go after evidence to nab all of the rest of Gotham's major crooks.~*~*~

Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman was another outstanding role in a series of great roles. In this case, he's a solid continuation from Batman Begins . . . brooding, droll, tough, committed, just dark enough to fascinate.

Maggie Gyllenhaal did a great job picking up the Rachel Dawes character from Katie Holmes. Rachel still loves Batman, but she has a relationship with Gotham's star-studded district attorney, Richard Dent (Aaron Eckhart). Dent is Gotham's knight in shining armor.


Dent mock-up political flyer.


Dent is something Batman can never be . . . a hero to the city. Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and Batman know this, so they position Dent as the crime-fighting identity that the good citizens of Gotham can latch their hopes. He goes after the bad guys in the courts, and he's superb at putting the finishing touches on their captured foes.

However, as much good that Batman, Dent, or Gordon do, they only manage to tame the fire of criminal activity. That fire remains stoked. The ill-doers left are rather potent, desperate, and unforgiving. They're tough hombres, that is, until The Joker emerges, and that's where the story begins.

If you can't get an IMAX ticket, I don't think that's a major problem. They did a lot of IMAX stuff, but it's basically just panoramas of a building here or a cityscape there. Just don't go see this in an old dilapidated theatre with tinny sound. This is one of those action/adventure films that needs surround-sound for full effect.

I have an inconsequential question to those who see the film. Why does Gotham's Mayor (Nestor Carbonell) wear eyeliner? Am I the only one who thinks he looks like he's wearing eyeliner?

~*~*~2nd UPDATE Late July 19th: Carbonell's eyes are getting random strangers to comment on the same thing. Some person in earshot said, "Eyeliner? Why's he wearing it? Emo?"~*~*~

If I write anything more for this film, I will probably resort to spoilers. Consider comments to this post as spoilers. There are so many scenes I loved. This film ruled.

~*~*~UPDATE Early July 20th: Almost all who have watched this film are amazed enough to push Dark Knight into a weekend frenzy. There hasn't been a desire and overwhelming demand for a film, not like this, not for quite some time. Could a comic book film transcend the daft and zany into the realm of cherished art?~*~*~

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[User Picture]From: holzerhedrpca
2008-07-18 12:19 pm (UTC)
Seeing this Saturday.

But Nestor Carbonell's eyes are just naturally like that. Looks like he's wearing makeup, but he isn't. Good actor though. I really like him in LOST in his recurring role. Glad to see him hitting the big time.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-18 12:24 pm (UTC)
Here I thought he had gone emo. Carbonell doesn't get a whole lot of time, but it's a good role he gives us.
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[User Picture]From: trooper221
2008-07-18 08:11 pm (UTC)

You weren't the only one...

I kept trying to figure out if it was just a bad makeup job or if they were trying to suggest that he was working with the Joker or something.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-18 08:22 pm (UTC)

Spoiler!

I loved the one scene where they were chatting in the mayor's office and the corpse slammed into the glass. I could see that shit coming, and I absolutely wanted it. My mind in split-seconds:

Ah shit, uncomfy closeup of the mayor why are they hovering so close to this window for all this time I SHIIIIIIIT lol I knew it Nolan you magnificent bastard.
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[User Picture]From: trooper221
2008-07-18 08:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Spoiler!

I knew that guy was coming, but I admit not at that exact moment. I had heard that people reported seeing fake Batmen on set in Chicago, one of them hanging, and I thought it was going to be from a comic storyline a number of years ago...can't remember the name right now but there were all these Batman corpses hanging from a tree on the cover of one of the issues.

It was pretty fantastic though.

Although as soon as I saw that the label on the judge's envelope was typed, I knew that was it for her. Oh, and the whiskey bottle, that's an old comic standby.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-18 08:42 pm (UTC)

Attack of the Good Kind of Surprise!

Those were the good kind of not-surprises.

Another love was the whole ferry set.

I was wondering if the bombs on the ferries were set for their own boats.

Like, if they pushed the detonators, they'd be blowing themselves up . . . seems a pretty Joker-y thing to do.
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[User Picture]From: trooper221
2008-07-18 08:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Attack of the Good Kind of Surprise!

Like, if they pushed the detonators, they'd be blowing themselves up . . . seems a pretty Joker-y thing to do.

Yeah, I thought that too. I think they wanted you to -- especially with that building buzzing score that always seemed to end in an explosion.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-18 08:54 pm (UTC)

Joker Theme.

Yeah, the Joker's theme was like an infestation. Insectile, I felt.

What a great metaphor and commentary on terrorism.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-20 10:48 pm (UTC)
Man, if Carbonell was Harley Quinn, that woulda been out of control.
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[User Picture]From: kerrykate
2008-07-18 06:33 pm (UTC)
It was definitely worth the wait in line late last night.. It was (finally) a good movie.. Its been a disappointing year so far. I loved how they had Batmanuel in it (the eyeliner guy) My complaints were it could have been edited to be a bit shorter and I am not a fan of Christian's Batman voice..
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-18 08:05 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, yeah Christian's Batman voice is a rendition of Christian after 20 years of chain smoking.

"WHERE ARE MY NEWPORTS, ALFRED, I NEED A MOUNTAIN DEW."
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[User Picture]From: jmack109
2008-07-18 06:50 pm (UTC)
I tried too late to buy tickets in IMAX. The one by me is sold out Friday through Sunday.

Fucks.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-18 08:07 pm (UTC)
Imagine going to a theatre, one of several in the metro area, where a 30-screen multiplex is primarily showing it on, I think, all 30 screens @ midnight . . . and the shit was selling out, IMAX or no.

This is what Spielberg and Lucas imagined Indy 4 to be.
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[User Picture]From: jmack109
2008-07-20 03:03 am (UTC)
Lolol. It just beat out The Godfather for #1 on IMDB's top 250.

I can't wait till I get some free time to see it.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-20 04:19 am (UTC)
lol, I saw that. I sure hope reality catches it at some point. When I saw that, I was like, at the time, "huh? #4?!?"
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[User Picture]From: pjwilliams
2008-07-18 10:18 pm (UTC)
Went to the midnight showing, that was the first thing in my mind when I saw the mayor was lay off the eyeliner. It was the best 2 1/2 hour movie I've ever seen and I didn't want it to end.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-18 10:22 pm (UTC)
My buddy Jim was like "holy shit, I thought it was only 90 minutes." He had a similar response.
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[User Picture]From: allyaneedisrick
2008-07-19 06:52 am (UTC)
i actually liked his Joker better than any batman performance or any batman villain performance i've ever seen. a VERY Dionysian character. I loved him. And yeah, the mayor was wearing eyeliner. No idea why. Maybe he was a big Robert Smith fan as a kid.

Only guesses.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-20 04:26 am (UTC)
I couldn't help but laugh only once with him . . . walking out of the hospital while it blew up. Pausing to fiddle with the detonator . . . fantastic.
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[User Picture]From: allyaneedisrick
2008-07-20 04:28 am (UTC)
totally. I really liked what he had to say about disorder. I liked that his makeup wasn't immaculate. I like how he changed his story for the scars everytime.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-20 05:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, the departure from other Jokers was refreshing. Comic-book Joker is explained often as having that be his actual skin. This was a little more 'real' of a Joker, seemingly.

As a kid i loved the crazy smile and all the comic-gaudy images of him, but as an adult, I appreciate the randomly-mangled look to him.
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[User Picture]From: allyaneedisrick
2008-07-20 05:21 am (UTC)
fo sho!
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From: acid_burn_007
2008-07-22 03:16 am (UTC)
Heath Ledger was absolutely stunning in every scene he was in. Loved it! I joked around at work that it was a sign from God that I needed to see the movie because there was a bat curled up in the corner (outside, thankfully) by the door when I came in. What a show!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2008-07-22 03:44 am (UTC)
The word of mouth is taking over where their viral marketing and publicity left off. Heath's death, exceeding the hype . . . it's like a perfect storm.

I'm amazed at the arguments breaking out over this film. There's a lot of people who are pissed that it's #1 overall on IMDB, and then there are the people attacking those pissed about it being #1 as 'elitists.'
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