Toby, Shaun and I headed to The Dark Knight this afternoon.
Two and half hours later we just sat there. Finally one of us exhaled.
In the first movie, Nolan took us on a character development ride as to what makes Batman/Bruce Wayne tick. It was an incredible story and backdrop.
This time around he just takes us on a ride. A very disturbing ride.
Heath Ledger’s Joker makes Hannibal Lecter look like child’s play. To quote Alfred – “You’re looking for a reason and there might not be one other than he’s just pure evil.” There are those who just want to watch the world burn. Ledger’s Joker is the darkest ever but dark isn’t exactly right. It’s disturbing. His performance should get him an Oscar nod – it’s that good. There were a few scenes I found myself squirming in my seat – not because of gore but for the intensity of the story and acting.
Was it better than the first one?
I’m not sure that’s a fair question. I personally enjoyed the first one more but not necessarily because it was a better movie. This one will sit with you longer. The stunts were off the charts, the acting was superb, the story line was solid, and the director didn’t insult us as an audience with giving us clean, neat solutions to every problem.
Basically, both movies (and here’s hoping there is more) show how comic book movies SHOULD be made.
It’s the best movie I’ve seen this summer.