Posted by: benherst | October 21, 2009

“The Dark Knight” Movie Review

The Dark Knight Review
In “The Dark Knight,” one man must risk it all to protect a city he cares about from the wrath of evil. Opposite poles clash in the second Christopher Nolan Batman film, a widely anticipated thriller. Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) comes face-to-face with The Joker (Heath Ledger) in a forceful allegory of justice against corruption. In a fast-paced and thunderous concoction of suspense and conflict, “The Dark Knight” has all the makings of an astronomical-budget blockbuster. However, beneath the explosions and gunfire, there exists an intricately weaved examination of terror and lawlessness, set in the chaotic and sinister Gotham City.
The story initially features a revitalized Batman, who, with the assistance of Gotham Police Lieutenant Jim Gordon and new District Attorney Harvey Dent, is bent on ridding the Gotham City of its massive organized crime problem. Their collaboration seems to be making headway, but they soon find themselves in conflict with a new ingenious troublemaker, the demonic Joker. Gotham is propelled into a tragic and sickening state of emergency, plagued by the cruel hand of the seemingly unstoppable Joker. In response, the winged Dark Knight must walk the tightrope between his traditional role as Gotham’s masked hero and his unprecedented but necessary responsibility as its vigilant overseer.
“The Dark Knight” is a blazing film laden with stunning visuals and eerie realism. The pyrotechnics certainly do not disappoint, providing an apt complement to the film’s explosive storyline and personae. Additionally, the camera’s lighting (or lack thereof) further accentuates the perpetual good vs. evil clash, as the darkness represents Gotham’s mysterious nature. The film’s dynamic cinematography is further reflected in the wide range of backdrops used, from America’s tallest skyscraper – The Willis (formerly Sears) Tower – to the grungy depths of the underground, home to Gotham’s mob bosses. As this contrast portrays, “The Dark Knight” wholly utilizes the extensive character of the Gotham City.
In addition to vibrant camera work, “The Dark Knight” boasts a precisely authentic cast of archetypical characters. Dominating this spread is the maniacal killer, The Joker, whose cartoonish appearance and hysterical rampages bring the film to life. However, the same cannot be said for Bruce Wayne’s disposition. Throughout the film, the enterprising billionaire stays fairly solemn and almost robotic, lacking flair and charisma. Nevertheless, under the cover of the Batsuit, Wayne transforms into an exciting and spirited superhero. The two foils, Batman and The Joker, are only further enhanced by the supporting bunch of Gotham’s main players.
Though it may not appear to be so, “The Dark Knight” is truly a film crafted around a series of moral dilemmas. From Wayne’s decision to jeopardize himself for the sake of Gotham to the choice that the passengers of the two imperiled ferries make, the plotline stretches the moral conscious. Further supported by its cinematography and cast, this Batman movie fires on all cylinders, redefining the superhero/crime thriller genre. The film drips with the classic good vs. evil conflict, defined quaintly by The Joker – “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

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