The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

(2008)

Why so serious?

The second instalment in the rebooted Batman franchise, this time featuring Heath Ledger as The Joker in his Oscar winning performance. Batman (Christian Bale) sets out to destroy organised crime in Gotham for good, with the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart).... More

The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker - a psychotic criminal who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. 

Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine return, and Maggie Gylenhaal replaces Katie Holmes in the love-interest role of Rachel Dawes. Directed again by Christopher Nolan (whose most recent film was the underrated The Prestige).Hide

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Remove yourself from the seat you're sitting in, find your way to a cinema, hand over your cash, buy a ticket. The Dark Knight delivers a hefty uppercut of superior pop entertainment. Christopher Nolan's rich and engrossing adventure rip-roars across the cinema screen, bullying blockbusters into new territory.... More

As you'll have heard, Heath Ledger takes you through the wringer with his portrayal of the Joker – nihilist, anarchist, a seething embodiment of menace. He's freaky as hell. He's awesome. Equally valuable is Christian Bale, especially in playboy Bruce Wayne mode. Or Gary Oldman's honest-cop Police Lieutenant Jim Gordon.

The story combines character with action, weaving together a sprawling and haunting contemporary tale, riffing on the idea of terrorised societies that fear chaos and anarchy. It deftly balances the intimate with the grand; the individual with the city.

Another point The Dark Knight scores over rivals, is in its attention to realism. Whilst the action is ludicrous, Nolan so wholly creates a universe, you buy it. The CG work is invisible. He also peppers the film with innovation. Lyrical moments, such as lingering on the Joker hanging out the window of a speeding car or the upside down final confrontation, give the movie a certain boldness (I only wish there was more of it). On paper it's perhaps a pessimistic tale, but Nolan has created something else with his joy of invention.

It's a terrific balancing act of ideas. This is blockbuster entertainment that feels fresh, modern and tragic. The Dark Knight, enthralling in its complexities, will have you compelled to discover the fates of its richly drawn characters. Yep, it's a cracker.Hide


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Finally, a "comic book" movie that plys for grown-ups. Just as the graphic novel transcended the childish associations of comic books, so Nolan's Dark Knight takes the superhero genre and does what Frank Miller and Alan Moore did so long ago in printed form. Dark, moody, intelligent - yet it still delivers as an action movie. And yes the Joker steals the movie - superb performance, fascinating character. Just when Heath proved he had it in him he OD's - a tragic loss based on his... More performance here. Oh, and the opening IMAX camera scenes need to be seen in an IMAX theatre - awesome! Turn up the volume and go batty!Hide


BY sarah wannabe

best movie ive ever seen. fullstop.


BY Matthew grader

The Joker should never die this is Jokers love hate relationship with Batman whether Batman likes it or not....! LOL!


BY Adrian lister

Yes Heath Ledgers' performance was awesome and that just makes his death so much more tragic - what he should have gone onto. But is it just me or is everyone blinded by the Ledger glow - the movie plot fell apart half way through and from then on it simply became holy-difficult-choices-Batman the Joker has set up ANOTHER vast rig of explosives in the blink of an eye! I realize the Joker is an insane genius but when he keeps producing these highly elaborate explosive rig ups the movie started... More becoming tiring and too illogical even for Gotham reality. I mean - the guy burns all his money! So how did he pay the vast hoard of minions who slipped explosives through all the hospitals and lugged all the barrels into the bottom of the ferries?! And HOW did they get that past anyone anyway?! Ok its a movie but the story disappeared and DA Dent's sudden moral shift into Two face with the coin was unconvincing. Sorry - definitely not worth the hype. 3 stars for set, cinematography and good acting from all - shame about the plot.Hide


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BY Anonymous wannabe

When i seen The Dark Knight, i was a bit dissapointed to be completely honest, i think that it's down to the fact that they changed quite alot ot things. Im a fan of the old 90's cartoons, even they showed Batman alot better than The Dark Knight and Batman Begins. It was an alright movie but i have seen better.


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  • Bale again brilliantly personifies all the deep traumas and misgivings of Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne. A bit of Hamlet is in this Batman. Full Review

  • In an already legendary performance, the late Ledger is gloriously unhinged, giving you nothing to grasp on to character-wise, and all the more disturbing for it. Full Review

  • Iron Man and even more so The Dark Knight move the genre into deeper waters. They realize, as some comic-book readers instinctively do, that these stories touch on deep fears, traumas, fantasies and hopes. Full Review

  • Ledger's performance is monumental, but The Dark Knight lives up to it. Nolan cements his position as Hollywood's premier purveyor of blockbuster smarts – and the Batbike is kinda cool, too. Full Review

  • To see it is to understand that Nolan and his co-writer brother Jonathan saw a chance to go deeper into familiar characters and mythology, a chance to meditate on darker-than-usual themes that have implications for the way we live now. Full Review

  • Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, The Dark Knight goes darker and deeper than any Hollywood movie of its comic-book kind. Full Review

  • A dazzling, determined superhero classic and Ledger puts Nicholson in the shade. With Batman Begins Nolan set the bar; with TDK he's just raised it. Full Review

  • Enthralling...An ambitious, full-bodied crime epic of gratifying scope and moral complexity, this is seriously brainy pop entertainment that satisfies every expectation raised by its hit predecessor and then some. Full Review