This film was always going to be big news firstly because of the sudden death of Heath Ledger and secondly that the Batman franchise always carries weight around
I must admit I was a little worried that all this hoopla surrounding the film would make it over hyped; however having now seen The Dark Knight the hoopla is certainly apt.
It takes about 10 minutes before Ledger’s stylish and somewhat hilarious entrance with the line, “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stranger” and from there the audience are in for a real treat; no matter how short this tenure as the joker is. Ledger’s joker is nothing short of genius both as a character and as a person as there is a certain invincibility and mystery surrounding the dark clown, underlined by psychotic violence. This is especially poignant when he is regaling a mob boss about how he got his facial ‘
This of course brings me onto the titular character himself who is once again played by a gruff sounding Christian Bale. Batman of course does, what he does best which is swoop into action with his hi-tech gadgets to take down the scum of
Other nods have to be angled at Gary Oldman at his reprisal of Sergeant Jim Gordon who once again brings to the film a level of gritty-ness as Batman’s incorruptible police liaison stuck in a corrupt precinct, and Michael Caine playing Alfred the butler par excellence. Christopher Nolan also does a fantastic job at directing ambitious action sequences and bringing a dark yet realist comic book world to life; one can only hope that he continues with the Batman franchise in years to come.
Criticism has to be laid at the length of the film however (running length 150 mins), which during the conclusion seems padded out. In addition to this problem is the late arrival of
In spite of these small critiques the film on the whole is a solid affair, which entertains shocks and wows its audience and is a fitting tribute and legacy to Ledger. It is definitely worth all the hype.