Synopsis: A mysterious vigilante hero stalks the streets of Gotham City, bringing terror to the criminal underworld, until a deformed psychopath offers to aid them by killing Batman.
Description: The second in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy the Dark Knight sees the return of Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, a rich businessman with a superhero alter ego.
Review: The second movie in what we now know will be Nolan’s Batman trilogy tells the story of Batman’s battle against what many argue is his greatest enemy, the Joker, played here by Heath Ledger. An unexpected casting choice Ledger was given a posthumous Academy Award for his portrayal of the Joker, after his tragic death a few months before the film’s theatrical release.
Ledger’s performance utterly steals the show of course, and not simply because of the media frenzy that surrounded his passing, his Joker is genuinely terrifying, his skin tight suit and dramatic make-up drawing all the attention that hasn’t already been grabbed by his insane, lisping voice or maniacal laugh. Bale’s performance as Batman is exactly as one would expect, strong and powerful, which sits very well in contrast to Ledger’s spider-like movements.
Aside from Ledger the CGI in the Dark Knight is incredible, vertigo inducing aerial shots and screen shuddering explosions really help to make this an above average superhero movie.
The narrative is a little strained, though the Joker’s penchant to use those close to Batman as his weapons of choice is disturbing and deviant, it takes some of the focus away from the importance of his character, leaving the movie feeling more like an origin story for Two Face (Aaron Eckhart) than anything else. Yet perhaps this is a lucky accident as Nolan has since decided not to recast the Joker in his follow up movie The Dark Knight Rises, due for release in 2012.
All in all this is a visually spectacular movie, with one truly great and utterly unique performance and a dark and tragic undertone, this is a very adult yet utterly action packed superhero movie.The Dark Knight,