The Dark Knight (2008)


Action | Crime | Drama





Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Holma, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts, Chin Han, Colin McFarlane, Nestor Carbonell, Keith Szarabajka, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Anthony Michael Hall, Joshua Harto, Melinda McGraw, Nathan Gamble, Tom Lister Jr., Michael Jai White, Ritchie Coster, William Fichtner, Cillian Murphy


With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Christian Bale) sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets of Gotham. The partnership proves effective, but soon they find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger).


Darker and more sinister than its predecessor, The Dark Knight is entertaining as a comic book adaptation would demand, and deep, and thrilling as Nolan's films are, and indeed the best superhero film ever made -- do better is impossible.

As mentioned before, Nolan managed to blend to perfection the entertainment component, and a psychological depth and a thematic seriousness never reached by any other film based on a comic book.
Along with his brother Jonathan - with whom he had already teamed up for "Memento" and "The Prestige", two of his best films indeed -, Christopher Nolan wrote the screenplay to perfection. The dialogue is pure gold, and almost every single line is memorable. Also, they perfectly managed to handle all the characters, giving each great importance in the story, no longer focused on Batman. The most impressive character is unarguably the villain, the Joker - big credits go to Jonathan and Christopher Nolan for the writing and treatment of the character.

The action sequences are thrilling and absolutely spectacular - for once the exorbitant budget has been used properly -, and the wonderful shots are breathtaking. The makeup and the visual effects are fantastic. The musical score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard è flawless.

The acting is sublime. Christian Bale is wonderful as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Michael Caine perfectly fits the part of Alfred. Aaron Eckhart is great as Harvey Dent/Two Face. Maggie Gyllenhaal's Rachel Dawes is much better than Katie Holmes, and she is terrific in every scene. Also she has great chemistry both with Bale and Eckhart. Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman are also great. However, the star is Heath Ledger. He delivers an astonishing performance as The Joker: he manages to get inside your head, and make you laugh at his sick jokes. The performance is definitely Oscar-worthy, too bad he has not lived long enough to accept the award.


Harvey Dent: You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

The Joker: Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can't savor all the... little emotions. In... you see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are.

Batman: Sometimes the truth isn't good enough, sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.

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