The Dark Knight Movie Review (2008)

Wow, we got out to see a movie.  My wife met another mom in her mom’s group that lives down the street.  I am very grateful to get out, just me and my wife.  I miss the kids but getting out the two of us is great.

I looked over the movies playing this weekend and I did not see a great selection out there.  Fortunately my wife went out with a couple of girlfriends to see Mama Mia. 

It was an easy choice to go see The Dark Knight.  I grew up collecting comic books and I like seeing many of the comic books I collected on the big screen.  I have not been disappointed in any of the Batman movies that have hit the big screen yet.  The only Batman movie, I have not seen, is Batman Returns.

——–My Review of The Dark Knight——-

 Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker.

The movie is quite long at 152 minutes but it flowed very well.  I was never bored with the storyline and I did enjoyed how the story was woven together.  I liked how the role of the Joker was a criminal mastermind and everything was going according to his plan.  This movie is definitely action packed and quite fun.

Warning to parents with kids.  This movie is dark and paints a grime picture.  I don’t recommend it to parents with younger kids.  I think that the Dark Knight has a few scenes that are a very violent for a PG-13 movie.  I  remember the comic book graphic novel was also a  bit violent too.  Don’t expect a happy ending in the Dark Knight either.  The ending does not sit well with me and I will talk about that in the next paragraph if you do not want to read about any spoilers.

Spoiler Alert!!!! I was waiting the entire movie for Two-Face to appear.  When he finally appeared, it was a bit move graphic than I expected.  I could understand what drove Two-Face/Harvey for revenge after the death of .  i was surprised that they killed off Two Face so quickly, I had expected him to return later but in the world of Batman, there are many villains left to return with a sequel.  I hated the fact that instead of letting Harvey/Two-Face take responsibility for his action, Batman and Commissioner Gordon decide to blame everything on Batman. It was Batman’s stupid logic to blame for this.  Actually I blame the writers on this one.    I also wished that Alfred would have given the letter from Racheal to Bruce Wayne/Batman instead of keeping it from him.  I wonder how that could of played out in the end script?   I also hated the fact that Batman uses the sonar technology to pinpoint the Joker.  I felt that the Joker definitely won in this movie.   Batman bent a couple rules instead of using his wits.  Of course, it is OK to bend the rules as long as the intention behind it is good.  What does this movie teach morally? The acting was good. 

I felt that Christian Bale makes a good Batman but still fails at Bruce Wayne.  I am not sure if I should blame the writers for this or not.  I really enjoy watching Christian Bale in the role of Batman.  Heath Ledger did quite a job at playing the Joker but i still think that Jack Nicholson did the best. It is weird watching this movie knowing it was Heath’s last performance.  He did do a good job as the Joker.   Aaron Eckhart did a great job as Harvey Dent/Two-Face.  I felt bad for his character and how he became Two-Face but i knew it was coming.  To be honest, I wished Katie Holmes came back for this movie but instead Maggie Gyllenhaal took over the role.  Maggie did a good job playing the role of Rachel but I really missed Katie.    Gary Oldman does a great job as Lt. Gordon.  I was very upset when i thought he was dead but I did not know how they were going to get away with that.  They did get me with faking his death.  I also love the roles of Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and Micheal Caine as Alfred.

Overall the movie was not bad.  I enjoyed the action and liked the storyline. I don’t like the direction they took Batman but the title explains it all, The Dark Knight.  I hate the outcome of the movie, Batman is no longer a hero but he is on the run.  The fact is he should be the hero but the two morally sound figures in the world of Batman, Commissioner Gordon and Batman, decide to hide the truth from the people.  Batman’s stupid logic wins over Commissioner Gordon and the public is fooled to believe in a lie.  Good Bye Batman, hello Dark Knight.  I am definitely going to miss my superhero friend, Batman.

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One thought on “The Dark Knight Movie Review (2008)

  1. i still wish Katie Holmes had stayed on board as Rachel Dawes for the Dark Knight; it was like the time spent getting familiar with her character in Batman Begins was wasted…

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