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The dark knight
Let us not beat around the bush for any reason whatsoever. The dark knight is one of the best movies I have seen in recent years, without a shadow of a doubt. It has everything I was searching for for so long. A great story, excellent characters, awesome action and so much more.
I liked Christian Bale as Batman in Batman begins very much. He reminded me of the first Batman films and those were excellent. And with this second film, I officially like the new ones better then the old ones from the eighties. Quite an achievement.
The story picks up where batman begins stopped. Batman has made a name for himself in Gotham city and has criminals terrified shitless. At the same time Harvey Dent, the new district attorney, is putting them all in jail and is becoming the city's face of justice. Things seem well before the Joker makes his entrance. This 'new class of criminal' is such a mastermind that he will soon be both Batman's biggest challenge and the cause of Harvey Dent's downfall.
Its hard to say something else about the Joker except that he's so brilliantly portrayed by Heath Ledger that it borders on the surreal. He's creepy as hell, but still has a comical edge. In one scene he scares the living daylights out of the audience with his smile and his awesome pencil trick and in the next he manages to make people laugh when he blows up a hospital. Give heath Ledger an oscar or at least a nomination, please!!
The Joker isn't the only great character though. The relationship between Batman and Jim Gordon is beautifully portrayed and gives us some of the greatest drama in a super hero film when Gordon's loyalty to Batman is sorely tested. The relationship between Rachel Dawes and Harvey Dent formed the icing on the cake in a film where everything seems to be perfect.
Yet another piece of perfection are the action sequences. Batman dukes it out with the Joker and the rest of Gotham's criminals at exactly the right moments. You're never bored. Not for a second. The whole movie is a rollercoaster ride from the beginning to the end. Sheer undiluted awesomeness.
Normally this film would have 3 MI's if I follow the table. Heath Ledger single handedly earns this film another one. He's simply that good.
Why so serious?