I haven’t written a movie review/ramble in forever and as I had the
misfortune to see The Dark Knight again over the holidays, I thought it’d be a nice way to restart this little blogging tradition even though most everyone’s thoughts have been typed for months now. I should warn you, however, that surprisingly I’m not much of a fan. But let’s talk about the stuff I did enjoy.
I loved the Joker. Period. I’m not really a big Heath Ledger fan. In fact, I think the only other thing I’ve seen him in was Brokeback Mountain, which just goes to show how eclectic my movie watching is. But anyway, I thought he was brilliant. Every single scene he was in completely entranced me. The way he was written, the way he talked, his laugh, his behavior. Spot on. Not a single complaint. I’m only saddened he’ll never be in a sequel.
The returning case for the most part was also great. I’m warming up to Caine as Alfred, though in my head I’ll always think of the character as more prim. Oldman and Freeman were also a treat. I could totally just watch a Batman movie centered on those three. Batman could even be there if he was sans the reverb.
I managed to see this completely spoiler-free the first time and so I’m sure this helped move Two-Face a bit higher for me on the enjoyment scale. His scary face totally freaked me out. I have a few problems with him, which I’ll detail in a bit, but I did enjoy the foreshadowing we got with the coin and was very much pleased with the hospital scene.
And lastly before I start the quibbling, I did enjoy Bale . . . kind of. His Bruce is just the right mix of smart businessman slash philanthropic good Samaritan slash oblivious playboy. I was also pleased with the direction the film took in terms of Batman’s view on Gotham — this undying faith that it’s worth saving (e.g., the “social experiment” on the ferries and Batman’s firm belief that they would inevitably do the right thing). And yet [Read more…]