August 5, 2008

The Dark Knight: A Dark Tragedy or A Welcome Change?

With critics hailing the most anticipated movie of the year as “an engrossing tragedy” (Roger Ebert) and a “powerfully disturbing” film (Kenneth Turan), Batman: The Dark Knight has broken the mold and betrayed the more lighthearted Batman films we’ve all come to appreciate. This darker, more sinister film has become a huge hit at the box office and many critics have called for a posthumous Oscar nomination for the late Heath Ledger for his unforgettable portrayal of the Joker.

Fans of the movie are coming out of theaters in droves proclaiming that the flick lives up to the hype and that Heath Ledger’s rendition of the Joker stole the show. Many fans are adamant that Batman: The Dark Knight is, by far, the best Batman movie ever made and some of these enthusiastic fans are even calling the movie the best film of the century.

While die-hard fans of the original Batman TV series may find The Dark Knight a bit too dark, younger Batman fans may view this new twist on the old Batman characters as a welcome change.

Many have reported that the Joker’s new, spine-chilling image is more suitable for a movie villain than that of the Jokers of the past and that the movie has just kept up with the ever-changing demand for more true-to-form characters and intriguing storylines.

A few reviewers have reported that the movie wasn’t worthy of the hype and that more enthusiastic fans are simply paying homage to Ledger with their over-the-top reviews and acclamations about the film’s staying power and ability to become a classic masterpiece. These individuals note that when one takes Ledger’s death out of the equation, the movie is mediocre at best. But these naysayers are few and far between and most Internet reviewers have given the movie a five star rating for storyline, acting and direction.

While Batman: The Dark Knight is not for the faint of heart or younger children, the movie is jammed packed with stunning visuals, non-stop action, gripping plot twists, and astonishing performances by Ledger and Bale.

Running a bit longer than most modern movies, The Dark Knight is worth every second of the 2 hours and 21 minutes it plays on the big screen. Its heart-pounding twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you begging for more when it’s over. And whether you factor in the untimely death of the star of the movie or not, you’re sure to enjoy Heath Ledger's stunning performance as the Joker.

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