The Dark Knight - Movie Review

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight - Movie Review

“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to become the villain.” – Harvey Dent. If “The Dark Knight” is to be summarized into one sentence, its that quote said by Harvey Dent, the district attorney of Gotham City, turned into Two-Face, one of the Batman Comics' most notable antagonists.

“The Dark Knight” is the sequel to “Batman Begins” and it can safely be said that this movie continues to do right by the comic book vigilante and has only taken off on an upward trajectory from its predecessor.

“The Dark Knight” continues to tell the story of Bruce Wayne, the billionaire who soars the skies at night as a masked vigilante, or some would even argue, a hero.

The movie tries to create a flow from the previous movie by incorporating a character from the previous movie, which is Scarecrow but is taken out very early in the movie.

It still creates a good stepping ladder as it portrays how Batman and the rest of GCPD (Gotham City Police Department) were more concerned with mob bosses Falcone and Maroni than with the bigger threat, The Joker.

Throughout the movie, we see that Maroni, also known as “The Boss”, is one of the enabling factors to the rise of the Joker.

This movie is action-packed and full of suspense and mystery, but one of the best aspects of the film is the fact that it elevated from a mere comic book movie to a full-on action/thriller.

With its dark twists and deep and meaningful themes, the movie is definitely a thought-provoking movie that lets the audience think about the limitations of morality and whether our morals can be our aid or our fall.

On another note, the one thing every viewer will take from this movie if all else is forgotten is the brilliant performance by none other than Heath Ledger, who plays The Joker.

The actor who had previously played in mere chick flicks such as “10 Things I Hate About You” transformed himself into a psychopathic character that we could have never imagined.

Although this version of the Joker is not the most comic accurate iteration of the Clown Prince of Crime, it's safe to say that Ledger took the character to much more sublime levels.

It is also safe to say that although the movie is also created brilliantly by Christopher Nolan and the intense music brought on by the previous’ movie’s composer Hans Zimmer, the movie without Heath Ledger would not be as impressive as it currently is.

The movie falls short in some aspects as there are awkward moments that are prolonged for no reason and other parts are skipped through too quickly without much explanation.

Overall this movie would take an 8 out of 10 and is very easily one of Nolan’s best movies to date.

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