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Monday, October 06, 2014

Movie Review:The Dark Knight

Is he writing that in his own blood?
Premise:A mysterious man arrives in Gotham, intending to destroy both the city and its dark protector.

Cast:Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Heath Ledger as The Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Monique Curnen as Ramirez, Ron Dean as Wuertz, Chin Han as Lau, Nestor Carbonell as the mayor, Eric Roberts as Maroni, Ritchie Coster as Chechen, Joshua Harto as Reese, Colin McFarlane as Loeb, Melinda McGraw as Barbara Gordon (not that Barbara Gordon), Nathan Gamble as James Gordon Jr.

Director:Christopher Nolan

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace

Genres:Action, sci-fi

The second film in the Dark Knight trilogy, after Batman Begins. Poster taken from IMP Awards and belongs to Warner Brothers.

The villains. Secondary characters. Dialogue.

Plot holes (again). Somewhat unlikable protagonist. It's kind of long.

Things are finally looking up in Gotham. Crime rates are down and the new District Attorney is showing promise. So of course somebody has to ruin it all.

What makes the Joker so freaky is the fact that you don't know exactly what he's going to do, except that he will find a way to screw you over. Maybe he'll kill you. Maybe he'll drive you insane. Maybe he'll use you to make your loved ones suffer. As I said, all you can be sure of is that you're screwed. He adds a layer of disturbing to the usual action movie violence. In any case, he is good for this movie, as is the other supervillain.

In addition, there's Alfred who offers support and his sense of humor, Lucius (ditto), and James Gordon. But Batman himself had some issues. He's got that savior complex for one thing, and an inability to move on when his love interest catches someone else's attention.

Now for those plot holes. Even if Bruce took a boat full of people out, wouldn't somebody mention he left on a plane? That might not scream "he's Batman", but it would raise suspicions. Also, why did Lau not think something was up when Batman showed up shortly after Lucius Fox did?

Plus, why does Batman have to take the fall for Harvey? They could just say Joker had all those people (and Dent) killed. And why did Reese never tell anyone Batman's true identity?
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It also has a pretty long running time (more than 2 hours), so be prepared to sit there a while. My personal limit is about 2 hours before I start to think "Just end already."

Overall, it is pretty good and worth watching for anyone who likes Batman.

Sex:Joker leers at Rachel, even after she hits him in the groin. There are a couple of kisses. Bruce is jealous of Harvey's relationship with Rachel because he himself hasn't gotten over her. There are shirtless guys and ladies showing cleavage. Alfred wonders how to tell someone in Russian to apply their own suntan lotion. Bruce comes across a couple with their clothes disheveled. Harvey remarks if he was sneaking out at night, someone would have noticed (squeezing Rachel's hand). A man, thinking a guy is coming back from the bathroom, asks if he needs someone to "shake it for you."

Explosions, shootings, car crashes, etc. A eulogy is interrupted by Joker and gang opening fire. A bank robbery results in several deaths and a bus crash. Batman is encouraged to run over Joker (by the clown himself), but turns away at the last second. He beats someone during an interrogation. He also drops a man several stories, causing his legs to break.
Famously, Joker slams a guy's head onto a pencil. He also appears to slice a man's mouth open, threatens to cut off bits of another guy to feed to his own dogs, kills all his henchmen during a heist, and places a gas grenade in someone's mouth. He tortures a Batman wannabe and releases a video of it. This same hostage is later found in Joker makeup with a noose around his neck. Joker tells stories about how he got his scars, ranging from his alcoholic father attacking him and his mother to cutting up his own face after loan sharks did the same to his wife.
Two ships are nearly blow to bits. A van is knocked into water. A helicopter crashes. Several vehicles crash or flip. Alfred tells a story about chasing a jewel thief, whom they couldn't stop until they burned down a forest. Speaking of fire, a pile of money ignites with a man on it. A different man's face is partially burnt. A woman is knocked out. A boy's life is threatened in front of his parents. A woman is thrown off a building (she's rescued). A driver is shot, crashing the car and killing its passenger. Dogs attack people. A phone is found sewn into someone's stomach.
After what happened to him in the last movie, Scarecrow has been peddling his drug to dealers. One of his buyers gets upset about their effects; the reply is that the drug would take the users places, there was no guarantee they'd want to go there. Joker claims his father was alcoholic, but there's no telling if this is true or not. A man pours himself a drink, which ends up being poisoned. Other characters drink, without getting killed because of it. Alfred offers someone "liquid courage."

1 use each of "G*dd**n", "bas**rd", and "a**". Also multiple uses of "G*d", "J*sus", "d**n", "h*ll, "sh*t", and "bloody". Harvey calls Bruce "a complete f-", before he gets cut off. Joker gets upset when he's called "freak" and "cr*zy".

Nothing significant; mostly just a few figures of speech.

So what was your opinion?

© 2014 by M.R.R.

Updated 12/27/2016

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