Favorite New Films: The Dark Knight

posted by The Joe

You’ll all see it for yourselves, so I won’t go into details.

Where I’m coming from; I hate the previous live-action Batman films. All of them. When I was 12, Batman Forever was my favorite movie. It first got me into comics, which in turn made me realize the movie was terrible. I can’t stand the Tim Burton entries, and I’m one of the rare few who doesn’t enjoy the deeply flawed Batman Begins.

The Dark Knight is not The Godfather. Hell, it isn’t even Heat. But it is the greatest live-action superhero film to ever grace the screen. The problems with Begins (editing, pacing, screenplay) are gone, and there’s no big stupid goofy final battle gadget (Spider-Man 2, Iron Man, every other comic movie ever made). It’s very dark, very intense, and full of moral ambiguity. Bravo.

Does it top Batman: Mask of the Phantasm? Not sure yet . . . possibly. That’s a damn fine feat, seeing as how Mask totally rules.

And yes, Heath Ledger gives the performance of the year.

That is all.

The Dark Knight – Trailer

Thursday, July 17th, 2008 at 6:13 am