With all the hype and hoopla surrounding the Dark Knight sequel to Batman Begins, I couldn’t resist watching it on the big screen! Today being Srivatsan’s birthday, off we went to fleece him and have a good time 🙂
Describing the movie in 2 words – Stunning thriller. The movie holds your interest throughout and not for a second did it get boring/predictable. Heath Ledger puts in an astounding performance as the maniacal Joker. The stories he tells to explain the cuts in his face! And his “Why..so..serious?” has already become one of the best movie lines to be remembered for all time.
The movie maps the transformation of the Dark Knight from being an out and out good guy to a enigmatic character with good and bad warring within him. By the end of the movie, the Dark Knight no longer cares about being the good guy – just cares about doing the correct thing.
The character of Harvey Dent, the enterprising DA of Gotham who transforms into Two-Face has been well played. The character plays well into the need for Bruce’s longing for the day when Gotham does not need a masked hero and the villains fear the unmasked enforcers of justice.
But the real steal of the film is the Joker. His character has been developed with diabolical cleverness. The way he wets his cut mouth as he speaks, and he way he throws back his strands of hair, stick in your mind. His character has been played so well, when he explains in a calm and clear manner to Harvey about why he does what he does and that he is an agent of Chaos, it feels completely natural to you and not as the raving of a lunatic!
The second half of the film, as I read in another review, grips you by the throat and never lets go! The final lines of Gordon sum up the entire movie – “Why must we chase him? Because he is what Gotham needs now. Because he can take it. He is the protector of Gotham. He is the Dark Knight”