Sunday, July 20, 2008
Movie Review - The Dark Knight
I was reluctant to see it right away because I knew how crazy the crowds would be, but I'm glad I saw it opening day. I realized how much more enthused people are about an opening. Very rarely do I hear applause and cheering after a film, let alone DURING. It just makes for a more enjoyable experience.
People are usually all, "Oh man! It was the greatest film I've ever seen in my life!! It was awesome! I would kill my grandfather to see it again!!" but when they're watching it, what do they do? They just sit there. Stop being a poser. If you liked it, show it.
Exact opposite: you know when you go see Step Brothers, people are going to be laughing their asses off and you will too. That is, until you rent it and watch it at home and realize how ridiculously unfunny it is. You'll see.
Anyways... I thought it was fantastic although, given the insane amount of marketing and the hype of Heath Ledger's Joker, it couldn't be anything but. People are screaming Oscar nominations and being real smug about it and I'm not one to speculate, especially given that if he does win an Oscar for it, it will be based more on the fact that he's dead than the fact that it was an epic performance. That's how Hollywood works; fake nice and real vain. If he doesn't win, I'm going to slap the hell out of everyone who "predicted" he would. If he does, I'll pass it off as a lucky guess. I wouldn't say Heath was "the best Joker ever" - they're all different and great in their own respects - but he played the character magnificently. It really was an incredible show of his acting abilities. It's up there with one of my favourite characters portrayals. The little jokes and idiosyncrasies, the shifty eyes, licking lips... man, he was just an uncomfortable individual.
A fantastic quote from rottentomatoes.com sums it up: "Without question one of the most demonic, pure incarnations of nightmarish instant classic movie villains, Heath Ledger's Joker self-mutilated danger junkie, misery loves company chaos freak in hellish warpaint may be gone, but will never be forgotten."
Not that there was much there in terms of character - the guy was only on-screen for a couple minutes - but I really enjoyed William Fitchner popping up as the bank manager. Now that that's out of the way, I look forward to seeing him back in action on Prison Break.
I really appreciated that they re-visited Two Face and clarified the storyline after Batman Forever botched it up. Tommy Lee Jones' face looked like a dried up leather couch made from Barney the dinosaur's flesh. Damn Schumacher. I don't even know what to say about Harvey Dent's face. Just fantastic. They really did a great job here (and that goes for all of the FX).
I don't have much of an opinion on the re-casting of Rachel, other than to say I think Maggie is hotter than Katie. Okay, Katie is still hot. But c'mon... Katie Holmes was hot in Dawson's Creek and she was definitely hot in The Gift where you got to see her topless. But the second she started hooking up with the incarnation of L Ron Hubbard, her attractiveness went right out the window with her credibility and sanity.
Christian Bale is one lucky bastard. He's a good-looking dude and, my heterosexuality intact, I confidently admit the best-looking of the Batmen. And he gets to say that he is one of the most celebrated superheroes of all time with, might I add, the most badass vehicles and gadgets. He must get so much tail.
The only gripe I have is that Bale's dark, growling Batman voice is way over the top and that he can't even speak a full sentence in it is a testament to the fact that he ought to tone it down a bit. He sounds like a scary version of that mental black kid from Malcolm In The Middle.
Now who wants to go see Bolt?