by Derek Gendron, July 24, 2008
Batman Dark Knight movie review.
Well what do we have here? I feel so strongly about this new movie that I had to write this Batman The Dark Knight movie review, it is worthy of a blog post.
I loved Batman Begins. It was a pleasant surprise to see a movie with a well-thought plot, believably high-tech toys and the lack of the Men in Black type humor (humor, said with strong sarcasm). Christian Bale played a great wealthy tycoon trying to find his true soul in the world and struggling with demons that that the audience could quickly grasp. It made sense watching Batman Begins.
Batman Dark Knight is not a film for a minor. I think that needs to be repeated on the likes of CNN, Fox News and other media outlets. My son of 13 went to see the film before me and frankly, I feel I have let him down; exposing him to early and unnecessary horror. The face, or lack of face of [level-basic]two-face (Harvey Dent played by Aaron Eckhart) was not only over-exposed horror, it was something that the producer Christopher Nolan felt he should focus on for long periods of time. Shocking to the average adult, this movie is abuse of a minor and should shock the conscience of the adult soul. Is this what our fine movie industry has stooped to for sales? Its obvious, the answer is a resounding yes.
When my little brother was electrocuted for hours, his face was horribly disfigured from the current. I insisted on seeing him before burial, despite objections from those around me. I still saw my little brother and rubbed his face one last time. His jaw looked like the depiction from wonderful Hollywood in this movie – a painful reminder of what damage can be done to the human body. Being an adult and former Marine, I can handle it and am reasonable when I say, I can separate the two when watching a movie with similarities. But what they did in this movie, without warning to the younger viewing public is very, very wrong. It makes me seriously try to imagine how Aaron Eckhart faces his family with this brutal lack of conscience other than to plop a big check on the table and say, sorry… Many, many innocent children are being exposed to something that NO children should ever have to see in their lifetime, ever. Children hoping to see Batman…
In addition, the thumping moral of the story is that good is bad, bad is good, good can be really bad, bad can sometimes be great and necessary and everything that is supposed to be good is probably mostly very bad – and should be assumed so. As an adult, I came away with one solution for all problems, hit someone, hard… I cannot imagine what our youth will grab and set as compasses for their lives from a movie like Batman, the Dark Knight.
Having ranted about the moral blemishes and lack of true film rating, I can move on to the plot. The movie is not worthy of tons of text, my time is simply too valuable for that. However, I will bullet the good vs. bad of the film.
The Good of Batman Dark Knight movie review
- When Heath Ledger’s performance of the Joker was good, it was great. There were times in the film I actually saw the word Oscar, but with a caveat (see below).
- Imax spectacular views of aerial shots of Hong Kong
- Imax incredible jump from skyscraper was breath-taking
- Great logo!
The Bad of Batman Dark Knight movie review
- Truly unbelievable scenes pushed the envelope to B-rate status
- The plot carried several open-ended items that left the movie-goer wondering, what??? Really?
- The Joker was spectacular one minute and downright ridiculous the next, can anyone top Jack Nicholson’s joker?
- The joker, despite being punched in the face, thrown into walls and glass and physically tortured by the good-guy Batman, lacked any swelling, blood or real damage whatsoever.
- The media playing this to be a great motivation for the public in bad economic times…lol
- Men in black type humor peppered throughout. A police officer sees a helicopter start to crash…that’s not good he says, the helicopter drops in his vehicles path and burst into flames, that’s really not good…argh.
The Ugly of Batman Dark Knight movie review
- Horrific scenes of two-face’s burned face, muscles, tendons and all showing.
- The overall morals of the story leave adults wondering about law, order, good and bad.
- The crowds leaving the theater, obviously confused, let-down and wondering if one should speak up to another and actually say, what the hell was that?
Want to read the specifics about the illogical faults of the movie, visit http://thedarkknightsucks.com/. I could not have outlined it better than random posts from some movie-goers.
Would I go see this movie again? Without hesitation, no. Would I recommend the movie, again no. Wait for the dvd, actually wait for the free viewing on regular tv/cable – perhaps the censors will wash some of the visual grossness of two-face (i doubt it). Many of you will go see it, we are generally sheep when it comes to following fads or doing what the crowd will do, I did.
I can close with one certainty, the producers of Batman – The Dark Knight, got one thing right – the “Dark” part.