One Line Review: We will compare every superhero movie with this one for a really long time.
Release Date: 18th July 2008
A sequel to Batman Begins (2005). Commissioner James Gordon (Garry Oldman), Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), and Batman (Christian Bale) join together to destroy the organized crime mob in Gotham City. But then things turn into chaos when the mob turns to Joker (Heath Ledger) to get rid of the Batman.
Everyone has done their part really well, but it’s Heath Ledger (Joker) who steals the show. Jack Nicholson’s Joker from Batman (1989) was funny and ruthless while Heath’s Joker is a complete psychopath.
Every villain has a motive, but this one just does it for fun. Heath has taken joker to a whole other level.
Christian Bale, who plays Batman has done a fine job. We could see him struggling with that fine line between vigilante and hero.
Rachel is now played by Maggie Gyllenhaal which was played by Katie Homes in the prequel. Rachel is the bridge between Bruce Wayne and Batman. Maggie completely absorbs Rachel’s character and shows us whether she should wait for Bruce or move ahead with Batman.
Michael Cain (Alfred) plays a perfect mentor to Batman. Who not only guides Batman but is also there for him when the child who is afraid of bats needs him.
Morgan Freeman (Lucas Fox) and Gary Oldman (Jim Gordon) ace in their roles of helping Batman in fighting the bad guys in Gotham city.
Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent/Two-Face) has shown us the perfect transition from a Protagonist to Antagonist.
Screenplay, Direction, Editing, and Cinematography
Written by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer.
Characters created by Bob Kane.
The first ten minutes of the movie where the Joker’s character gets introduced to the audience is proof of how good the Nolan brothers and Goyer are at writing a screenplay. There are a bunch of lines which is going to be recalled for a really long time.
Christopher Nolan has taken this good script and transformed it into a better movie.
Lee Smith, who edited the prequel also sticks to the vision of the director.
Wally Pfister, the cinematographer has captured beautiful performances and some breathtaking action sequences. Last but not least we just can’t background the score of this movie. Which is done by James Howard and Hans Zimmer. Their score makes us go through a bunch of emotions throughout the movie.
I think it is the best superhero movie. The characters, storyline, everything is good about this movie. Batman Begins was good, but The Dark Knight is better. Very few sequels live up to the name of the first movie, but this one surpasses it. I would rate it a high 4.5/5
It’s agent of Chaos, Batman and a perfect story.