Q: What’s the movie about?
A: After Gotham City has been rid of most of its crime, a new nemesis comes to town to spice things up and make Batman’s life (Christian Bale) hell again. His name is The Joker (Heath Ledger).
Q: Who’s in the movie?
A: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Nestor Carbonell, Eric Roberts, Cillian Murphy, Anthony Michael Hall
Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?
A: Go! Biggest box-office opening in history… fastest film to $200 million (5 days)… Proof that if you like Batman or just super-hero movies in general, chances are very good that this one will give you a thrill.
Q: Will this movie make me laugh?
A: Despite a character called, ‘The Joker," the film's not really built for humor. But he is the funniest thing going in this piece, especially when he's blowing up hospitals.
Q: Will this movie make me cry?
A: If you truly believe in a world where a man dressed like a bat might save your life one day, you might shed a tear or two. You might also consider signing yourself up for psychotherapy.
Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?
A: Technical awards notwithstanding, this movie could land a Best Film nomination based on the box office records it's set (see Titanic). And if you haven't heard the deafening buzz about Heath Ledger’s performance, you're probably wearing noise-cancelling headphones.
Q: How is the Acting?
A: Because of your headphones, I am forced to tell you that Ledger’s reinvention of The Joker is mesmerizing and terrifying in its authenticity, while also striking the perfect tone for a comic book movie. Bale – once again – makes Batman perfectly angst-ridden, and Gyllenhaal is an improvement over Katie Holmes (which not only isn't saying much, it's saying absolutely nothing).
Q: How is the Directing?
A: Visually striking, but Christopher Nolan shoots a lot of the action sequences in close-ups, rendering them sometimes hard to follow. They are still an improvement over Batman Begins.
Q: How is the story/script?
A: Full, maybe overly so. The script deals with big themes – specifically the psychology of hero vs. villain; and how both can live inside one person. It never talks down to the audience, it’s not dumb and for those reasons alone it stands above most comic book films. But at 2.5 hours the movie feels as long as it is, which it probably didn’t need to be. At times it has a bit of a split personality; focusing not only on The Joker, but also the Aaron Eckhart character of Harvey ‘Two-Face’ Dent-- a storyline which could've been steamlined.
Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?
A: Time for another eulogy... Much has been made of Heath Ledger’s performance in this, and it's one thing that lives up to the hype. He’s actually better than the movie, which is saying a lot since the film is very good. After Brokeback Mountain, this is yet another stellar performance that will leave audiences wondering what other fascinating characters Ledger might have sprung on us had he not passed away shortly after making The Dark Knight.
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