The Dark Knight

Finally saw The Dark Knight last night. My one word review: WOW. All the rave reviews I read and heard were right. I’m a big fan of this film’s predecessor, Batman Begins,but right now I agree with those who say this sequel topped it.

The performances were top notch, including, but not limited to, Heath Ledger’s final role as the Joker. Ledger was excellent, totally insane and brutal and very disturbing, really quite a marvel to see. Watching him as the Joker evoked the thrill and awe of reading Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight when it was first published (note: this movie does not portray that storyline, though some of the influences might come from it). I was also impressed with Aaron Eckart’s performance as Harvey Dent and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes. Gyllenhaal was very natural, like she wasn’t acting at all, which is hard to convey in a larger than life story like this one.

This is a long film, but it doesn’t feel long. It’s dark and deep and exciting. It’s a disturbing ride but an entertaining one. I’m looking forward to more sequels.