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Knight Spent Fighting Crime

29 Jul

While the idea of a rich playboy gallivanting around in a black suit with plastic pointy ears punching criminals into submission has lost its appeal on me, apparently the general public still loves it: the [relatively] newly released movie “The Dark Knight”, depicting the Batman’s struggles against the Joker and introducing Two-Face, has earned 314.2 million so far. The pushes it above the 300 million dollar level needed to break the current record of fastest-grossing film (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest at 16 days) in just 10 days.

Author’s note: this is my first review. Don’t be too harsh, and beware spoilers. I will forget that you haven’t seen it too – sorry.

I’d like to cover three main things here.

  1. Plot
  2. Effects
  3. Originality

First things first: the plot. This is something I can’t really find much fault with. Moving along at a surprising speed, several twists and turns made it interesting: notedly, the not-running down of the Joker and the prisoner tossing the detonator (everyone got a whole lot happier right after that happened).

Notes on individual characters: The Joker was absolutely fantastic. Heath Ledger fit the role like nobody’s business, and when they had to fill in for him it was well done and seamless. Probably the only reason I didn’t like it as much as I should have was because of my squeamish fascination of how the Joker acted, especially when intimidating people (hint: knives. Not all people share your fascination, Mr. Joker…) – though I do get that that was pretty much the intended reaction. The Batman: I wasn’t as impressed with Bale, probably because I held him to a higher standard, but all the little flaws I could point out are worthless in the long run, aesthetic, and would sound whiny. Two-Face: Not mentioning the CGI flaws (see effects section) I was impressed with Aaron Eckhart’s role for one thing specifically: the way he expressed fear and pain. This seems rather morbid (or sadistic?), but most of his persona was based around his pain, and how he changed afterwards. He did this extremely well, especially when representing emotional pain.

Secondly the effects: I was rather pleased with the way they used CGI et cetera. My favorite augmented part: the final batmobile scene, the RPG, and the subsequent transformation into the bat-cycle. The exploding hospital was impressive, too, but not as impressive – explosions are computer-generated all the time. There’s one other thing that absolutely begs to be mentioned: The work they did on Eckhart’s face after the fire incident. Now, before you criticize: I know fire can be destructive. I know there’s a lot of things it can do. I know it’s probably possible, and that they probably had a trained medical professional in to supervise how the muscles were shown, but honestly, people, it looked ridiculous. For one, half his face was gone. I know that’s the point, but still, the damage was horrendous – could one even survive after that? And second, and hardest to refute: there were at all times holes for air to enter his mouth. Have you ever tried speaking coherently with your mouth constantly open? You simply can’t be heard clearly, and yet there he was, waxing eloquent in his evil doings.

Lastly, the originality of the entire idea. As I said, the appeal has been lost on me for a movie about the Batman. It seems as if an superhero without powers would have been tossed out by now, but I do have to commend the Batman for one thing: He’s the most courageous man I know.

Overall, I have to say I am glad to have seen the movie (partially for the experience, and partially for the social aspect). Despite my scathing (or so I would hope) review, I would rate this movie at 79 1/3 out of a hundred (one hundred being the perfect movie).

Author’s Note, take two: I am very glad that I have friends like Morgante (you know who you are). He was kind enough to point out that Vermont’s very own Patrick Leahy played an obviously vitally important role. Article on the subject here, and a video here. What would I do without you, Morgan?

…Don’t answer that, please.

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