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|Posted: Sat Jul 19th, 2008 02:05 am||
|Few movies really blow me away. Even fewer superhero movies have any impact on me. Guess I see too many movies to be easily impressed being as Hubby is an avid movie goer and I go along too, naturally.
Well, today as I sat in an IMAX theater with every seat filled for a noon showing, I was blown away. I know I am in great danger of using too many superlatives regarding Batman: The Dark Knight so I will try to use some restraint. That will be hard.
Let's just say Heath Ledger, now deceased, gives the performance of his lifetime. If he does not win an Oscar for this, there is no justice in the Oscar awards, but--yeah-I guess there often isn't. Ledger so convincingly becomes the insane clown The Joker with his posse of insane clowns doing his evil bidding that I believe his character will become as iconic in American film as Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow or name your own favorite.
As awesome as Ledger was, Aaron Eckart as Attorney Dent turns in a very strong performance too and, of course, Christian Bale, one of my favorite actors, as Batman. Michael Cane as Batman's butler and Gary Oldman as the police commissioner are very good too.
What sets this movie apart from run-of-the-mill superheor films such as HellboyII, Incredible Hulk, etc, is that the story is compelling. It pulls you in and surprises you too. The surprises are not always good surprises either.
The start of the film could actually be the start of any number of bank robbery movies. While superhero movies seldom seem very real, this one does have more of a sense of reality to it.
ABC News tonight announced that just last night's midnight showings of Batman brought in nearly twenty million dollars. At the rate the theaters are selling out for Batman, it may be on a pace to outsell last year's earnings champ, Spiderman. Yes, just because a movie sells gazillions of tickets doesn't make it a truly special movie, but this movie does deserve to sell that many tickets.
Only one thing spoiled the movie and that was people texting during the show. Every time they opened their danged Blackberry or cell phone, that bright light glared and lit up the darkness. That is so rude and inconsiderate because it changes your mood and concentration momentarily. Why do people do that? They don't care about anybody else's enjoyment.
Anyway, if you are at all interested in this genre of film, simply do not miss this latest installment of Batman. It does live up to its hype. Ledger certainly does live up to his hype. So often I feel a movie's best scenes were in its trailers shown for months before the show, but not here...not this time.
Last edited on Sat Jul 19th, 2008 02:15 am by CleburneFan