Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Dark Knight

Movie name: The Dark Knight
Year of release: 2008
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts, Anthony Michael Hall, Cillian Murphy, Ron Dean, Chin Han
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Synopsis:The follow up to "Batman Begins", the revamp of the Batman franchise that Warner Brothers and director Christopher Nolan started in 2005, has been one of the most hyped films of the year, due to the premature death of the actor Heath Ledger and one of the most aggressive viral campaigns that has ever put up for a film. The film follows the adventures of the caped crusader in Gotham City, and how the city has responded to his appearance. The criminals have gotten worse and the figure of the Joker epitomizes it: his nihilistic approach to life and the criminal side have the hero on the ropes, struggling to find a solution for his life and his presence in the Gotham structure. Batman has an ally in the figure of Harvey Dent, the new DA who is also courting his long lost love, Rachel Dawes. In the midst of all the chaos that the city seems to be submerged in, it's Batman who has to find it's direction and emerge as the figure of light (him, who is precisely the Dark Knight). Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan have crafted a richly layered screenplay, that drinks a lot of it's complexities from "Heat" from Michael Mann. The film anchors it's strength in the relationship between Batman and the Joker, two forces that can't be deterred or stopped. The film ends up being an intelligent action film, that keeps escalating with intelligent set pieces and with charismatic performances from Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and the always reliables Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman. Worth watching!