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Movies: Batman The Dark Knight ( 2008 )

Posted by JungleBoot on July 23, 2008

I don’t know about you but I walked out of the theater a bit drained.  This movie could have been two seperate films.  Still, it was great.  I like that Christian Bale returns as Batman along with Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in their roles.  It feels right when film makers maintain continuity.  However, the big suprise is Joker — Heath Ledger.  Heath Ledger, in my book, finds redemption in his portrayal of the Joker.  The performance was brilliant.  I hope his family will be able to receive an Oscar in his name.  It’s a shame this was his last film.  His career was about to truly take off and recover from Broke Back Mountain.

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2 Responses to “Movies: Batman The Dark Knight ( 2008 )”

  1. danica said

    Dude, what are you talking about, “recover” from Brokeback Mountain. His performance in that movie got him an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, “Best Actor of 2005” awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, and made him one of the youngest people ever nominated for the Best Actor Oscar. And according to Wikipedia, “In a review in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers states: “Ledger’s magnificent performance is an acting miracle. He seems to tear it from his insides. Ledger doesn’t just know how Ennis moves, speaks and listens; he knows how he breathes. To see him inhale the scent of a shirt hanging in Jack’s closet is to take measure of the pain of love lost.” Which is the best summary of what he did there as an actor that I’ve ever seen. That performance got him a vast amount of buzz and led to a solid handful of other great roles in the three more years he had before his untimely death. We haven’t even seen his last movie yet. (The project he was working on with Terry Gilliam will probably end up being his actual last role.)

    I would say his career was unharmed by his performance in Brokeback, except it would be too much of an understatement.

    I do resoundingly agree with your assessment of Dark Knight though… it SHOULD have been two movies, or they should have just gotten rid of everything after the oil barrel explosions, when the story arc felt pretty much finished to me. At least we didn’t have to see Katie Holmes.

  2. JungleBoot said

    Heath Ledger lost my respect for filming Brokeback Mountain. I never saw the film and never plan on viewing it. So, I can’t speak to his performance. He redeemed himself in my eyes with Batman the Dark Knight. Plus, the thousands of comics out there won’t be making fun of the Dark Knight the way they did with Brokeback Mountain.

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