the dark knight

August 12, 2008

The latest Batman movie has lots of Wham!s and Pow!s which you could almost see, testosterone pumped as it was (refer motorcycle above!). So much so that when the action exploded on the screen, I didn’t know whether to cheer or to laugh, and often did both together. A couple too many twists and turns perhaps but again an accomplished piece of filmmaking by Christopher Nolan of Following and Memento fame.

Despite growing up with quite a different version of Batman on Sesame Street, all the characters were at least familiar, but it was so much fun to see the spin both Nolan and the actors had put on them. Heath Ledger‘s Joker was even more disturbingly well played as all the reports I had read, while Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine did fine if a little unimaginatively as Lucius Fox and Alfred. Maggie Gyllenhaal just annoyed me to no end with her tragedy face and cliche-ridden lines.

Finally, Gary Oldman was great as the brush-moustached Commander Gordon, but Christian Bale‘s Bruce Wayne/Batman was the real surprise for me, strong, convincing and surprisingly dashing for the boy I first saw in Empire of the Sun. Somehow he didn’t make quite the same impression in Batman Begins. The adrenaline overdrive takes a little depth away from the story, but if it’s entertaniment you are after, this is a rolicking good option.

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