The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Kevin De La Noy (executive), Benjamin Melniker (executive), Thomas Tull (executive), Michael E.Uslan (executive) for Warner Brothers, Syncopy, Legendary Pictures, DC Comics
directed by Christopher Nolan
starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Ron Dean, Cillian Murphy, Chin Han, Nestor Carbonell, Eric Roberts, Ritchie Coster, Anthony Michael Hall, Keith Szarabajka, Colin McFarlane, Joshua Harto, Melinda McGraw, Nathan Gamble, Michael Vieau, Michael Stoyanov, William Smillie, Danny Goldring, Michael Jai White, Matthew O'Neill, William Fichtner, Olumiji Olawumi, Greg Beam, Erik Hellman, Beatrice Rosen, Vincenzo Nicoli, Edison Chen, Nydia Rodriguez Terracina, Andy Luther, Patrick Clear, Sarah Jayne Dunn, Philip Bulcock, K.Todd Freeman, Matt Shallenberger, Lanny Lutz, Matt Rippy, Andrew Bicknell, Matthew Leitch, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, William Armstrong, Gertrude Kyles, Jonathan Ryland, Hannah Gunn
story by Christopher Nolan, David S.Goyer, screenplay by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, based on the comic created by Bob Kane for DC-Comics, music by James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, miniature effects by New Deal Studios, visual effects by Dougle Negative, Framestore, BUF, Cinesite
Batman, Joker, Batman (Christian Bale)
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So ok, there is an evil Chinaman (Chin Han) wanting to get the money of
the mob out of the country, there is a madman with too much makeup (Heath
Ledger) who'll eventually come to be known as the Joker who wants to steal
the money from the mob and take over gangland Gotham, and then there are
three honest men, DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), police lieutnant and
eventual commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and this barking masked guy
with (artificial) pointy ears called the Batman (Christian Bale) who want
to clean up the city. It ,should also be noted here that Batman's alter
ego Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent are also caught up in a love triangle with
Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal), one of the very few people who knows who
the Batman is.
Eventually, Gordon, Dent and Batman come up with a plan
where Dent reveals himself to be the Batman and is arrested for being a
vigilante, Gordon fakes his death, And Batman waits for the Joker to make
his move - which he does of course.
After much to and fro, the police
arrests the Joker, but (curiously off-screen) the Joker's men kidnap both
Harvey and Rachel. The Batman tortures the locations where they are kept
out of the Joker, but they are of course held at different locations, each
tied to time-triggered explosives. It's impossible for the Batman to save
them both in time, so he chooses Harvey and leaves the rescue of Rachel to
the police ... but where Batman succeeds, the police fails, thus Rachel is
blown to Kingdom Come. And even Dent doesn't survive the ordeal unscathed,
half his face has been burned off, and with Rachel dead, he wants revenge
on those responsible - a group of corrupt cops in Gordon's department. So
he goes on a killing spree ...
Meanwhile, the Joker has of course freed
himself from police custody, blows up a hospital, and eventually has his
men place explosive devices on two ferries, giving each boat a remote
control to blow up the other, otherwise ... what do you know, I've
forgotten what otherwise was. Anyways, neither ferry blows up the other
and nothing happens, so I guess it doesn't matter.
Anyways, the Joker
eventually kidnaps someone or something, and keeps whoever it is at a
secret location - but the Batman has a black holyman (who is of course
played by Morgan Freeman) at his side who invents something that turns all
the cellphones of the city into sonar detectors, so the Batman can see
everything and he goes and captures the Joker (but refuses to kill him).
the meantime, Dent, now Two-Face, has captured Gordon's family and wants
Gordon to feel what he has felt when losing Rachel ... but Batman
intervenes, but by saving Gordon's son he has to throw Two-Face off a
building to his death - more of an accident really, though.
murders though have seriously tainted the reputation of Dent, who has
thuis far been a symbol of honesty and righteousness. And thus, the
Batman, who has always been a vigilante living in the grey areas of the
law, decides to take the blame for the murders and disappear into thin
Dependable veterans Michael Caine and Eric Roberts play Batman's
butler and a mobster, respectively.
For some reason, everybody
went crazy over The Dark Knight, it not only became one of the
biggest box office successes of its time, it was also received with quite
some critical acclaim ... and quite frankly, I don't get it. This is,
simply put, not a good movie - but let me explain: The plot is overly
convoluted, makes little sense on closer inspection, features tons of
subplots that lead to nowhere and are not properly intertwined. The whole
thing takes itself way too seriously despite the fact that it's about a
masked man with pointy ears hunting a clown - and the film's tagline
"Why so serious?" seems to be bitter irony here: It's especially
disappointing that the Joker's built-in campiness and predilection for
pranks is not exploited here. On top of that, the film is filled with flat
characters who I really can't bring myself to care for. And while Heath
Ledger's performance is pretty good (though probably Oscar-worthy only due
to the fact that he tragically died not long after completing this), he's
never given an actual showcase to prove his talents. Maggie Gyllenhaal
makes an attempt to bring her character to life but has little to work
with, while Christian Bale, a usually capable actor, leaves no impression
at all as Bruce Wayne, while his performance as Batman is seriously marred
by the barking noises that are supposed to be his dialogue. And that's the
next flaw: All the dialogue's completely flat and completely witless. And
as for the action, that should be the backbone of a film like this:
dead-boring. I mean I'm sorry, but the editing in the many chasescenes is
appallingly off, the fight scenes absolutely lack any dynamics, and the
explosions are all sloppily executed - don't get me wrong, I don't want
Michael Bay here, but you might want to put a little enthusiasm in your
You know, I actually wanted to like this movie, but I'm sorry,
it's a piece of shit. The best thing I can say about it is probably it's
better than Batman Begins -
and even that I do only reluctantly.