Batman: The Dark Knight He Now Is

Wow, I just got home from seeing Batman: The Dark Knight, and it’s the first time I’ve been to the theatre in about 5 years because it just hasn’t been worth it for a long time.  This movie however is definitely worth it and it will keep you both on the edge of your seat and work your brain as well.  I can only think of one nitpick to say about it and that’s that Rachel Dawes character was more of a plot device then anything to move along the key characters of Wayne and Dent, but Harvey Dent and The Joker’s modern intepretations have social implications reaching down to the very core of just about everything we think we know about ourselves.

No spoilers, but pay special attention to the character of Harvey Dent and how he conducts himself throughout the movie and you can get an idea of where he is going.  Especially pay attention anytime he talks about Justice, Fairness and Bias, because he is more right then you might think given the situations in the movie.  Also consider the lines spoken by the Joker, especially his “Agent of Chaos” speech as it serves to solidify him as just that and nothing more, as well as pretty much the only honest character in the movie.  This is one of those movies where nobody is the same at the end of it, even if they have to pretend to be, and nobody is really the true hero or the villain as the attentitive viewer will come to realize are merely labels we apply for our own peace of mind and self-comfort, they all merely have qualities that are within all of us.

So what are you waiting for?  Go see this movie now.  WAIT!  Don’t just take my word for it, don’t even take your own.  Just flip a coin and let fair unbiased chance decide for you……considering that chance can never make the wrong choice.


7 Responses to “Batman: The Dark Knight He Now Is”

  1. 1 Rooked July 23, 2008 at 8:18 am

    “Just flip a coin..” Nice I like that allusion.

    The movie blew me away, I was just expecting some Hollywood-esque explosions and animations and an humorous movie (like Ironman) but the themes/ideas about society and the acting for Joker totally blew my mind.

    I didn’t like Batman the character very much though, the Joker was the star for me.

  2. 2 Myssa Rei July 23, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Admit it, the Joker was mesmerizing in his insanity as it was gripping how terribly true his (twisted) perceptions on society are: under the veneer of order, is chaos just waiting to explode. It’s easy to forget that Keith Ledger was lurking somewhere behind that grungy makeup and scarred face, as he seemed to have totally disappeared into the role.

  3. 3 Kaioshin Sama July 23, 2008 at 8:48 am

    @Myssa Rei: Apparently Heath Ledger all but started to become the Joker near the end of his life. There were reports of him coming to the set and behaving much like the character without any recording even going on and he also had isolated himself in a hotel room for about a month doing nothing but getting the character down.

    I don’t actually really view the Joker as a character so much as the living embodiment of chaos itself. As such I wouldn’t be too surprised to learn if the Joker actually did overtake Heath Ledger in such a way that caused him to spontaneously end his own life. Of course the very thought that the Joker is such a powerful force that it could actually do something like that scares me senseless.

  4. 4 blake steel July 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I heard about how Heath Ledger took an accidental overdose. I was really suprised to hear about Heath Ledger commiting suicide. But his role as the Joker was a good way to come out. Not only that I also heard that the guy who played Batman in The Dark Knight got arrested for assaulting his wife and his sister.

    There is a possibility I might go see the Dark Knight because I have seen the trailers and it looks like a movie worth seeing.

  5. 5 Myssa Rei July 24, 2008 at 2:36 am

    In all the sources I’ve read, Ledger’s death was found to be an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, which makes it all the more a tragedy. You have to admit though, the role of the Joker must have taken so much out of him, given the amount of character-immersion he had to do beforehand (much like DeNiro had to do in one of his roles).

  6. 6 deathkillz July 28, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Damn it Kaio…why didn’t you force me to watch this sooner!

    This was so amazing…I am actually glad to say that it is the best movie I have seen this summer, and I have seen a few. The Joker was crazy but I love his character…”why so serious?”…why indeed?

    The mind raping was awesome and there really isn’t a better way to express it. People who haven’t seen this movie yet need to get their arses moving…

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