Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine
Director: Christopher Nolan
Runtime: 2 hours, 32 minutes
Action | Crime | Drama | Superhero | 2008
There was a Batman movie that I went to go see in theaters back when I was in high school. After watching The Dark Knight last night, I’m still unsure if it was this one or not. The release year makes me think that it was and I just don’t remember a single thing about it. But I’m still unsure. I remember this movie being a huge box office film due to the fact that Heath Ledger had died before its theatrical release (at least that’s what I remember, my facts may be wrong here, if so then my bad).
Well, I have a few things to say about this Dark Knight movie. First of all, Christian Bale. I wish I hadn’t watched American Psycho (review to come later this week) first, because the entire time I was just waiting for him to pull out a chainsaw and kill some people. I had a really tough time accepting the fact that he was Batman. And honestly, I still don’t think I bought it after the movie had ended.
Speaking of American Psycho, there’s a scene in the beginning of The Dark Knight that reminds me a lot of the star/chainsaw scene in American Psycho. At first I thought it may be the same director, but it wasn’t. Good old Christopher Nolan directed this film… I still haven’t seen Dunkirk. *GASPS*
I love Michael Caine. Him as Alfred was great. I was unaware the this film was the second in the trilogy… so I hope there wasn’t some awesome back story in the first film that I should know about.
Aaron Eckhart… again with a role that I just have trouble seeing him being in. The first thing I seen him in is Olympus Has Fallen where he plays the president, so you’d think it wouldn’t be that difficult for me, him being a politician and all. But in the second half of the movie, I just didn’t buy it. And what was with that CGI/Make-up/whatever it was with his face? I mean I know he caught on fire, but I don’t think the surgeons would have left it like that.
Last but not least, Heath Ledger. He by far stole the show. Him as Joker was amazing. I haven’t seen a lot of movies with him in it. My favorite continues to be 10 Things I Hate About You, which I watch from time to time on Netflix (if it’s still on there, I may have to pull that up tonight).
As far as the movie itself, I felt like it was overly long. There were at least three times that I thought it was ending… but it didn’t. I’m going to go with an “Okay” rating on this one. Definitely not my favorite superhero movie. It felt a lot like Batman vs Superman in the sense of the lengthy screen time and it having several points where it should have ended. It just wasn’t super entertaining, regardless of the action scenes and the explosions. Even though I’m just going with okay on this one, I’d still like to see the next film. Perhaps if I had seen the first one first it would change my outlook on this one altogether. (3/5).
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