So. . .The Dark Knight -
I just saw it this morning, and can't stop thinking about it.
Here's my spoiler-free review:
This was one powerful movie. I mean, it's intense! My palms were sweating for the majority of the film.
I'd like to point out that despite the tremendous amount of violence in this film, there is surprisingly little-to-no gore or blood. This does not, however, mean that it's in any way family-friendly. This is not a comic book movie for kids - this is a gritty crime drama that happens to have people dressing up in costumes. My wife is still disturbed by the Joker and his antics and isn't allowing me to do my impression of him around the house. . .for now.
I'm not saying it's the greatest movie in the world, because it's not. It has flaws in both story and acting (though by no fault Heath Ledger. . .but I'll get to that), but it's right up there in my favorite movies of the summer so far. I really liked how it dealt with the idea of escalation and the morals of society. There were many layers to this film and I'm looking forward to discovering more and more.
Now, Heath Ledger -
I was worried when there began to be buzz about him getting an Academy Award that it would be a "pity Oscar" and I didn't think that was fair to him or the film industry. However, I was floored by his performance. The Joker is horrifying, yet endearing, violent, yet funny and entertaining. It's a character that you're not going to forget and it is DEFINITELY worthy of all the praise and an Academy Award.
I would definitely see this movie in the theaters again. And I would pay full evening price to do so. If I like it as much as I do now after multiple viewings, I plan to add it to my home movie collection.
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