by Aly Abbas
“Let me put this out there. The Dark Knight needs to be nominated for an Oscar.
Even though there will be an inherent bias against the idea, simply because this is a “comic book” film, this is what the movie deserves. Christopher Nolan and company deserve to receive recognition for this absolute fantastic and brilliant piece of work that is not a â€œsuperheroâ€ movie but a brutal, disturbing and violent crime drama.
Despite being a hefty 2 hours and 32 minutes, there are no wasted scenes, no pieces of fluff that could have been removed. Every moment on the screen serves a purpose either to develop a character or to build towards the conclusion. The plot steadily builds towards an inevitable conflict, yet is still so riddled with twists and turns that nothing can be called predictable.
Heath Ledger is stunning, smart and scary as the Joker. His version as a psychotic anarchist is so chilling that he immediately establishes himself as The Joker, forever replacing Jack Nicholson & Mark Hamill in our collective psyches as the definitive version. Aaron Eckhart, Christian Bale & Gary Oldman give beautiful performances as men trying to save Gotham in their own way but Ledger steals every scene that he is in.
At the end of the movie, you will have been exhausted, exhilarated and enraptured but most importantly you will want to see it again. Which is the highest praise any movie can be given.”
Posted originally: 2008-07-18 10:56:38