Movie Madness: “The Dark Knight”
(I know this isn’t exactly college-related… but I’m no longer updating my personal blog and, therefore, I don’t have a place to yack about any movies I’ve recently seen or books I’ve recently read. This is how I see it: college kids like movies. Thus, this new feature isn’t a complete waste of time.)
While I recently watched The Dark Knight, the newest installment of the Batman series. I took notes on what I liked and didn’t like. Here are my thoughts on the blockbuster hit.
- Just a general comment about all things Batman: I’m not sure if Batman should qualify as a “superhero”. “Superhero” is defined as: a hero, esp. in children’s comic books and television cartoons, possessing extraordinary, often magical powers. Batman doesn’t actually have any super powers. His gadgets do all the hard work for him.
- Christian Bale, although not my favorite Batman, should do more scenes shirtless. (My fav Batman, for the record, is Val Kilmer. Rawr.)
- I don’t like Michael Caine as Alfred. Michael Gough has a special place in my heart. Sadly, he’s almost 100 and not as spry as he used to be.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal is fabulous. So much better than Katie Holmes (at everything, not just acting).
- I’ve never been a comic book fan but I did used to watch the Batman cartoons once in a while. Maybe it was featured in the comic books, but I don’t remember Bruce Wayne pretending to be such a pompous dick like he was in The Dark Knight. I thought he was more quiet, introverted. A businessman while blending in, as to not attract focus or suspicion. (Feel free to correct me on this. I just thought this behavior was odd.)
- Gary Oldman is far too awesome to be playing such a boring role like Gordon. Shame, shame.
- Christian Bale has generally been ignored because of the recent-ish death of a certain fellow co-star. However, I think this would still be the case, even if You-Know-Who hadn’t died. His character would still have been a stand-out role.
- Speaking of ignored, Aaron Eckhart‘s portrayal of Harvey Dent/Two-Face was pretty impressive. It was generally mainstream until his transformation to Two-Face. Too bad his performance was over-shadowed, over-looked and generally forgotten.
- As for Heath Ledger, his performance was brilliant. I was kind of expecting more screen time for The Joker, but we got just enough. He was insane… yet somehow, a genius. The voice was crazy creepy- much better than Christian Bale’s forced “I’m trying to sound scary” Batman voice. Does the performance deserve an Oscar nod? Yes. Does the performance deserve to win the Oscar? …Depends on the competition. But I think giving Heath the award out of guilt isn’t the right way to go.
- Over all, a pretty good action film- if that’s your cup of tea. Lots of shit gets blown up. Lots of high-tech gadgets. Lots of screaming Gotham City pedestrians. Et cetera.
I wanna know what you guys thought of this movie! Curse me out, if you wish. Just comment!