The Dark Knight
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Dark Knight, The (WS/DVD)
Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan reunite following their blockbuster success with Batman Begins! This time, Heath Ledger joins the cast as The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart stars as Harvey Dent in an all-new adventure of The Dark Knight. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and new district attorney Harvey Dent (Eckhart--Thank You for Smoking), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham City forever. The three enjoy early success, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Ledger--Brokeback Mountain), who throws Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman ever closer to crossing the line between hero and vigilante.]]>
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The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning from Batman Begins are Gary Oldman as Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.
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There's nothing about this movie not to like. The returning and new actors are incredible - Heath Ledger as the Joker will make you crazy, but just enough so you can keep watching. Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent will leave you wondering, and his character is developed just enough to make his arc perfect - to keep you wondering but not shocked.
Bottom line: whether you're into superheroes or not, DC Comics or Marvel, whether you've watched every Batman movie and read every comic or haven't seen a single one, this movie is well worth watching. You're probably better off watching Batman Begins first (that is incredible as well) but I don't think it's necessary. You'll just find some of the information new, which is always fantastic.
And BTW, no pressure to watch The Dark Knight Rises after this. It's not a bad film but it kind of disappoints. See my review here: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3TKBV8CSCXFOE/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8
This movie series is least appropriate for kids due to the psychological and stark way in which violence is portrayed.
2. Dark Knight was inspirational.
3. A review above refers to plato, yes, if you watch movies based on strong literary and therefore human themes, this is for you. If you understood the Plato reference, you're already 80% of the way there. Have kids? This will help you brooch important but hard to reach concepts with them. Done well. I strongly suggest - much to my surprise.
4. I live in NYC. I love seeing local landmarks and the extra uumph of inspiration makes day-to-day bologna in NYC adventurous.
5. Characters done well. If you don't (even aspirationally) fit with one of them . . . that's on you.
I expected this to be a ho-hum or overly violent blah. I actually really enjoyed it. The right level of disturbing without being f-ed up. Enough resolution of the crazy to let me consider my nieces and nephews and godchildren seeing it.
It is a very simple movie. But the powerful concepts of right and wrong, good and evil will make for fruitful family conversation.