Year of Release: 2008
Director: Christopher Nolan
Approx. Running Time: 152 minutes
My Rating: 5 Stars
From Back Cover:
"PREPARE TO BE WOWED."
-Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective. But soon the three find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from Batman Begins are Gary Oldman as Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.
To say the least, my expectations for this film were not high. Despite the hype, I strongly suspected that my dislike of superhero movies, Heath Ledger and Maggie Gyllenhaal and my general indifference to star Christian Bale would keep me from enjoying the movie.
I couldn't have been more wrong. Ledger turned in a stunning, screen-stealing performance as The Joker. In sharp contrast to Bale's stoic, emotionless Batman, Ledger's Joker takes glee in the chaos and destruction he causes, reveling in fire and death, able not only to manipulate his army of clowns to do anything, but able to put fear in the hearts of the mob, and able to mesmerize the audience even with a word as simple as "Hi." So blown away was I by this film that I actually saw it in the theater three times in as many days and would quite willingly had gone for a fourth if the opportunity had presented itself.
Rated PG-13 (MPAA)
2008 (Year of Release)