The Dark Knight
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer(s): Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Studio: Legendary Pictures, DC Comics
Genre(s): Action/Adventure, Superhero, Drama
Running Time: 152 Minutes
Release Date: July 28, 2008
Rated: PG-13 for intense action violence, disturbing images and some thematic elements
The Dark Knight is the second, and best installment of the Dark Knight franchise, picking up shortly after the first movie. Batman has organized crime running for their lives, and an enthusiastic and fearless D.A., Harvey Dent is helping put away Gotham’s criminals. When the criminals of Gotham get desperate, they turn to a mysterious and psychopathic stranger known only as The Joker to take care of Batman once and for all. This proves to be the worst thing that could happen to the city of Gotham and it’s citizens as the psycho clown does not play favorites, and begins killing both mobsters and civilians, all to draw out the Batman and get him to reveal who he really is. Batman must make a choice whether to expose his true identity or let the Joker continue his reign of terror. Unfortunately for Batman, his decision does not come without consequences as Bruce sees his world torn apart.
This was an absolutely amazing movie that goes beyond the comic book realm. Heath Ledger in his final film gave an iconic performance as the Joker, cementing him in movie history. The story line is dark and edgy, constantly keeping the audience drawn into the action. Christian Bale does a great job portraying the superhero we know as calm and collected constantly being pushed to the brink of an emotional cliff. Harvey Dent is portrayed wonderfully by Aaron Eckhart, making the audience want to see more of his version of Two-Face. Christopher Nolan’s direction and story line is engaging and dark, once again taking what should be comic characters and bringing them into the real world. The action is great, and the tension continues to mount throughout the movie, never losing a step.
Bottom line, Nolan and company created the greatest comic book movie of all time, and a legendary story that will stand the test of time in my opinion. This will be one of those movies that 20 years from now, everyone will still be watching.