Posted by Matt Rosenberg on March 24, 2009 at 6:00 am
So I watched the Dark Knight in IMAX, on regular screen, and on Blue Ray and in that order. The hype for the first time I saw it was through the roof. From the fan point of view I was, for lack of a better word, gitty to see this movie. Along with the rest of America, I was beyond excited to see this highly anticipated film; to see the post humous performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker, and Bale back as the badass Batman character he created in Batman Begins. Upon leaving the theater (IMAX) I had many thoughts running through my mind…
…Heath Ledger was awesome but what was the deal with all the Oscar buzz. He is a fantastic and talented actor but I wasn’t quick to give him the Oscar unlike many of my friends, and pretty much all of America. His role was broken down like this; go get painted to look as creepy as possible, wet your hair, and act deranged and crazy. He’s an actor, he’s supposed to be able to do that. Don’t get me wrong he nailed the part, but that just doesn’t provide a good enough reason to award him an Oscar. Will he be remembered for his role, absolutely, but whoever played that part was going to be remembered for the role; the forever comparison to Nicholson and just the sheer magnitude of the role. Ask yourself this, could anyone else besides Russel Crowe have been Maximus, could anyone else have played Rocky besides Stallone, could anyone have been Forrest Gump besides Tom Hanks? Now, could any else have been the Joker, and the answer is YES. Personally, I thought Daniel Day Lewis should have been the Joker, but that’s another post for another day. Just look at that face…it was born to be the Joker .
However, the issue of the movie was not Heath Ledger. The issue of the movie and why it was overrated is that the story was good, but not great. The interesting life story of Batman captured the first film. There really was very littler substance to this movie; it was just a good guy trying to catch a bad guy. Batman Begins was a better movie than this.
I constantly found myself comparing Batman Begins to the Dark Knight. I thought the Dark Knight was just too hectic and unrealistic. Nolan built this new Gotham world in Batman Begins on platform that it was a real city. The Dark Knight loses that as the Joker does just does too much in too short a span of time. He’s in too many places, has too many people following his plan to perfection. Think about it, if one minor tid bit of his plan doesn’t go right than his entire scheme is finished. And yes, despite what he thinks, the Joker is a schemer. He schemes to ruin Dent and beat Batman.
Another aspect that bothered me was that the fight scenes were too confusing to follow. In the final scene when Batman dives into the under construction building with sonar, the editing is too choppy. It’s too much to follow and in fact watching it on IMAX made me dizzy. Watching the film on the regular screen was a much better movie experience. Nolan deviated from what he achieved in Batman Begins.
Batman Begins was cerebral, intelligent, cool, original, and simply awesome. Still the best of all classic comic movies. The movie is driven by Batman, not the villain. That is the biggest thing Nolan lost in the Dark Knight. The movie is really about the Joker and yes, his scheming. In addition, Dent was a completely unrealistic Two Face, Maggie Gyllenhaal was not as good looking as every character made her out to be, and there was no Wayne Manor or Batcave.
I will leave with these words, the Dark Knight is a very cool movie. It’s just not as good as people are saying. Nearly 3 hours and constant chaos. Not enough story and not enough Batman. Hopefully, Nolan goes back to basics for the third. All we know is right now, is that he is shooting the next film entirely in IMAX.
Let us know what you think. Show me how I am wrong or how I am right. Thanks
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