7.20.2011

Why So Serious?

So. I've been absolutely craving to watch The Dark Knight again. How long have I been craving it? Oh...about 3 years. Yep. Prior to Monday, I'd only seen the film once on its opening night back in 2008. Funny how that can seem like ages ago, and just yesterday all at the same time huh? I remember the hype for the film so well. And witnessing it for the first time, was pretty incredible. So much anticipation was built around Heath Ledger's final, completed role from the moment the first photos were released. But after his unfortunate passing, the world's anticipation grew to a level that was truly unreal. Rightly so, because the performance was nothing short of iconic and legendary. One of the finest performances in the history of cinema. I was blown away then, and my opinion now still holds true.

It's interesting sometimes that I find how true the statement "less is more" really is. I certainly wanted to watch the movie over the last few years, but stuff always came up and I had other movies to watch. But sometimes, the less you watch a film...and the more space you give it in between viewings...the more power it can hold on you when you do sit down and watch it. Then again, maybe great is just always great. But there were certainly many things I had forgotten, and seeing them with fresh eyes...was like watching it for the first time...and I watched with glee. Anna remarked that watching that movie always makes her feel like a 12 year-old boy....just reveling in the excitement of everything and constantly saying "That's soooo cooollll" It's true. It is the type of movie, that makes a film lover feel like a kid in a candy store.

As huge of a factor Heath's performance is, he's not the only great thing about the film. Christian Bale is solid once again, and Aaron Eckhart is also terrific. Everyone returning from Batman Begins is great too. I already spoke at length about my dislike of the character Rachel Dawes...so we won't get into that. But seriously, she sucks regardless of the actress.

But, what I like best about the movie is that it's not simply a comic book movie. That's not all there is too it. It's much, much more. As with all his other films, Christopher Nolan gives the audience a great deal to ponder about the vast range of human nature. It's a very well done film in every way. The only thing I still don't truly understand though, is the logic of Batman in the final scene. Tell me why you couldn't just blame all the murders on the Joker? I get from a film standpoint what they want to do with the character and how they're setting it up for a sequel....but he really could have saved himself a lot of trouble from being hated by everyone. No one would believe anything the Joker had to say anyway, he's the perfect scape goat! Also, I think Luscious Fox needs to get over himself, because I'm on Batman's side in that quarrel. Oh, and Scarecrow's cameo is pretty pointless, not to mention disappointing. So minor quibbles aside I'd say I give The Dark Knight 9.8 caped crusaders out of 10. Can't wait for The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan has a spotless resume and has become one of the best filmmakers of the day...and here's hoping somehow DKR can break Avatar's record.

8 comments:

Laurie & Clint said...

Less is more? How many times have you seen 500 days of summer? Or star wars? You have no excuse

Emily said...

I know, I need to watch (500) Days of Summer less. But it's tattooed on my brain anyway. Star Wars, I actually haven't watched in a good 3 years either.

Kent said...

I recently rewatched this and counted the mysterious 5 deaths they kept talking about. They were Jokers kills from the get go and neither Dent nor Batman needed to be involved. The end is mostly unnecessary except that Batman is always meant to be feared and hated and not just a cop serving the law. Aren't you so excited about DKR and that Batman is basically retired even as Gotham is being destroyed?

Emily said...

Yeah exactly. But I am really excited for the sequel. I didn't know he was pulling a retirement thing. Should be interesting! I can't wait for another trailer. I love Chris Nolan, but they kinda wimp out on teaser trailers because they can.

Emily said...

Oh and that's very interesting about the 5 deaths all belonging to the joker. Very interesting, indeed.

johanna said...

Never seen the movie!

Sarah said...

I think the main reason for having Batman put the blame upon himself is to make him even more of a hero than before. It makes him truly selfless.

His facade as a selfish playboy becomes even that much more frustrating to the audience because every time someone accuses him of being thoughtless, petty, self-centered, or uncaring about the world around him, you just want to stand up and defend him. It makes you feel righteous indignation at the thought that anyone could blame Batman for such unbelievable crimes.

But, of course, in reality it makes much more sense to blame it on the villain--The Joker. But I guess in the fear that anything might be blamed on Harvey Dent, Batman took the blame upon himself.

As for not watching the movie for three years, it is really dark and intense and I think too many repeated viewings wouldn't be a good thing for anyone--even though this movie is a masterpiece of film-making.

Sean Mackay said...

I think Batman is cool.