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Off Topic: Batman The Dark Knight

I saw the new Batman film last night and frankly am still recovering from it.  This is an incredibly powerful and intense film – it grabs you in the first 10 minutes and will not let you catch your breath for two hours, and there’s still 30 minutes more to go.  It starts out meeting expectations – Batman stopping Gotham criminals, same as always – but when the Joker appears, everything is thrown askew.  Unlike the other summer hit Iron Man, which was a lot of fun, there’s no predictability in this movie.  And this makes it mesmerizing.  It would be like a Mission:Impossible film where the Tom Cruise character dies, and stays dead…and although you expect the evil scientist’s assistant to tear off his plastic face to reveal Cruise behind it at the end, it doesn’t happen.

And the acting: I’m not sure I could say anything more about Heath Ledger than hasn’t already been written about everywhere.  His Joker steals the show.  It’s more of a Joker movie with Batman as the foil rather than the other way around.  Christian Bale was fine if a little dispassionate, Maggie Gyllenhaal was fine and played the part much better than Katie Holmes, and Gary Oldman and Aaron Eckhart were outstanding.

This is a wild ride, one that I recommend seeing.  Just be sure you know what it is that you’re going to see: this is ain’t Christopher Reeve sparring with Gene Hackman.  It’s part action/adventure, part horror, part Kubrick, part Hill Street Blues, part classic Pacino.  Whew!

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  1. July 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Jon,

    Fantastic review. Debra and I are going on a date tonight to see it and really looking forward to it.

    It is too bad that Heath Ledger didn’t live to see the fruits of his labor.

    We hope to see you, Karen, and your children soon!

    Best,
    Brett

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