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Deutscher Kinostart: 21. August 2008
im Verleih von Warner Bros. Pictures Germany
a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH
Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Nolan & David S. Goyer
bei DC COMICS
den Batman-Charakteren von BOB KANE
Melniker, Michael E. Uslan,
De La Noy, Thomas Tull
Musik Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
THE DARK KNIGHTstart D- german CH 21.08.08
previews by Matthew Haumschild and dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
A SILENT GUARDIAN, A DARK KNIGHT
review by Matthew Haumschild
The Batman Iíve been waiting to see for years
must say, I only watched the first installment of this series of Batman
movies, the day before I watched Dark Knight. And from what I saw, I
liked! A nice, dark, Batman; the Batman Iíve been waiting to see for
years. I was just happy that they got the actor from American Psycho
(Bale) to play the main role.
For Dark Knight, one would have to be living under a rock to not
be affected by the hype that was generated by Heath Ledgerís passing.
So I knew going in that The Joker character was part of this storyline.
Iíll be perfectly honest; I went to the movie to see how The
Joker would be portrayed. In my view, Heath Ledger was competing with Jack Nicholson
where as I knew just by watching the first movie, Baleís version of
Batman pummeled his predecessors. Heath Ledgerís performance of The
Joker was spectacular to say the least. His was the darkest of version
Iíve ever seen. However, case in point, the Batman movie that
Nicholson was in was a different style and type of movie all together.
Could Nicholson play the same type of Joker that Ledger played? Now he
could not, back when he played The Joker originally in 1989? No. Could
Nicholson play The Joker at 26, the same age as Ledger? Yes!
Would he have played him better? Yes. My answer is based on the
fact that Nicholson is crazy in the first place when heís not acting
and based on his performance in ďOne That Flew Over The Cuckooís
Nest.Ē Not to say Ledger was bad or anything, he wasnít, matter of
fact, I canít think of an actor now who could have played that role.
The Joker is much darker than any incarnation that has appeared on a
silver screen. Without giving away any of the movie, The Joker character
is trying to instill chaos amongst the population of Gotham City and
testing the cityís morality by implementing various crimes.
The other thing I noticed about the movie that was much different
from the other Batmans, was the deep-threatening voice. Whenever Batman
gets angry when heís questioning The Joker or one of the mob henchmen,
Baleís (with assistance from post-production) voice would be much
darker sounding, deeper with an added rasp to it. Well, it might have
sounded darker but in my opinion, it was a little comical. I didnít
sound natural to me so I didnít find that it added anything to
Batmanís character or to the movie it self.
Most importantly, the story was well done. It dragged in parts,
but the Joker brings up a lot of philosophical points in regards to
morality which I thought was unique. His point was that anyone could
become someone like him given the circumstances. There were other parts
of the story that made it exciting such as the promotion of Commissioner
Gordon, the assignation attempt on the mayor, and other goodies that
make an action movie and action movie.
So yeah, see the movie. Its well worth it, you might not want to
get up during the movie though.
The Joker, able to give pain as well as to receive it.
This is a true event in the Batman iconography. Sequel and even better than "Batman begins", "The Dark Knight" is a film full of action, full of care in details, full of spectacular camera sequences and with a Joker whose representation goes beyond any expectations, so wonderfully interpreted by Heath Ledger. Of course we deal basically with a "comic book superhero", nonetheless the movie gets the characteristic of a dark work that goes further, trespassing the common "comic book" boundaries. Bruce Wayne/Batman Christian Bale is often blessed by that cold impressive aura that was typical in Equilibrium. Needless to say, the reconfirmed presence of Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and of Michael Caine as Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth give renewed value to the whole work. But the most astounding qualities are the fantastic aerial filming, the ponderous futuristic enormous architecture of Chicago, the many sequences recorded with IMAX camera (as the very beginning with the brutal bank rob), and , least but not last, the superb Joker. There is also a bit of Italy in this "cursed" film, considering that Bruce Wayne was dressed by Armani and the new hero , the "white knight" district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) by Ermenegildo Zegna.
The plot is interesting enough, because Gotham City must fight a
complex union of villains - mobsters, The Joker and corrupted police
- whose interests violently intertwine and converge. From Gotham City to Hong Kong and back to Gotham City again, Bruce Wayne/Batman will develop
his fight against the criminals. White Knight Harvey Dent (the hero that Gotham city needs, a hero without
mask), lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and assistant Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) are Batman's companions in the protection of Gotham City. There will be sacrifice, from the moment that Rachel Dawes will perish and Harvey Dent will be disfigured, tragic factors that
together will transform Dent into the desperate downfallen Two-Face, who enterprises personal vendetta through coin tosses.
However Gotham City needs a figure like Harvey Dent, and when Two-Face will appear dead, the only thing to do is the one to remind him as he was before, preserving his image,
hiding his murderous decadence. Dent is the hero that Gotham city needs and Batman will become the dark hero that
Gotham City deserves. Gordon will be convinced by Batman himself that the image of Batman must be sacrificed holding him responsible for Two-Face's action.
Anyway, although destroying the bat -signal and officialy hunting Batman, Gotham City's police will not lose
the silent protection of the Dark Knight.
And yes, of course the film is soaked with new "Bat-technology" : some
examples are a more dynamic batsuit, the Batpod (bat -cycle) and the sonar detection.
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