Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Better Class of Criminal


There's no need for me to waste too much time echoing all the praise that's already out there.

I'll just say this: Believe the hype -- The Dark Knight is damn near an instant classic of pop art (as well as a shockingly good black-hearted crime drama).

And whatever you've read or heard about Ledger's performance in it, that doesn't even come close to how spectacular he really is.

10 comments:

Deacon Blue said...

Hell yes. My son and I saw it and were both floored. Not only is it one of the best movies we've seen lately period, but it certainly goes to the top of the superhero genre, followed by Iron Man, Batmans Begins, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 1 and then the three X-Men flicks.

I'll probably have to revise that ranking once Watchmen comes out.

Chez said...

Watchmen looks unreal. It's about time a decent superhero movie put that amazing Smashing Pumpkins song to good use.

Anonymous said...

I must say I didn't take any particular notice of Heath Ledger's performance, mainly because he was exactly how I'd always imagined the Joker would be...not once did I think "what a great performance" which is a sign that it was a truly great performance. The "disappearing" pencil "trick" will haunt my nightmares for a long time.
And I'm psyched for Watchmen, but how are they going to do it any kind of justice in only one feature-length movie? If anything ever deserved a 12-part miniseries, this is it.

Chez said...

The pencil trick is just genius, because it happens so fast that it takes a second to register what just happened -- then of course, when it does...

Mr. Controversy said...

Dark Knight in IMAX = religious experience. This movie was so good, my father actually agreed with my teenage brothers and I in saying we should go see it again.

As for Watchmen, it inspired my 15 year old brother to want to read the comic. It truly looks amazing, and the trailer just sold the movie so well. (And I want to find out where to download that goddamn version of the Smashing Pumpkins' "The End is the Beginning is the End".)

Final note, I plan on shouting "NIXON'S BACK" on opening night...well, maybe just in my mind.

Chez said...

The remix is called The Beginning is the End is the Beginning and it's the last track on the B&R soundtrack, if I remember correctly.

Luke Weiss said...

great movie, much improvement over the first nolan batman.

I think the best part about the movie is that this is the Joker. He is batman's counterpart, no other arch-villain/super-hero combination in comic history has embodied such pathos. As he stood there, urging the motorcycling batman to utterly destroy him I thought I realized that the filmmakers had totally captured the insanity, desperation, misery of the Joker. But also that the joker cannot exist without batman. He flings aside the rules of the criminal world just as batman does to that of the law-abiding.
Batman strives for control, but exudes terror. The joker strives for chaos and exudes madness.

i was totally impressed with the imagery of the movie as it was seriously in line with the Joker of Alan Moore and Frank Miller.

Mr. Controversy said...

Chez, THANK YOU! It just ties the trailer's images together so well, and I thank you for the tracklisting. To the illegal peer to peer network!

Anonymous said...

I saw it Thursday night at midnight on a regular screen and I'm going to see it again Tuesday, hopefully on an IMAX screen.

I'm still stunned that this movie exists. It is a true achievement for all those involved, a concrete, immovable milestone that sets the bar for every comic/superhero movie to come, and then some.

Captain Babypants said...

This is easily one of the best films I've ever seen. It's nice to see comics gaining enough respect to be made into quality films.

RE: Watchmen

I was really nervous about this when it was first announced. But after seeing the previews I am excited as hell about it.