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The Dark Knight

 

For the second, moving into the third week of release, The Dark Knight is a powerful force that isn’t slowing down anytime soon as it continues to break records. As I sit and write this on Monday the 28th, the film passed the $300 million mark in just ten days, five days before the previous record holder, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man’s Chest, captured this record. I think this movie has great potential to keep breaking records set by others. One of the reasons I think this movie has such strong potential over its predecessors is because I actually like this one.

From the beginning, The Dark Knight, is fast paced, especially for a two and half hour long movie. The entire movie is intense as the infamous battle between Batman (Christian Bale) and his most notorious villain, The Joker (Heath Ledger) grows along with the love triangle between Bruce Wayne, Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). All emotions grow for all the characters until the eventual climax.

One of the reasons this movie is so great is because the acting. Bale is a little more static in this film compared to Batman Begins, but still makes a great impression as he portrays Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego. He is the first actor of all his predecessors to make a noticeable difference between the two. The main different is the raspier, tougher voice of Batman, but it makes him feel a little more stiff. Ledger’s Joker, is amazing, as I’m sure many of you have heard from numerous other sources. Many try to compare Jack Nicholson’s version and Ledger’s but they are incomparable because of the nature of the film and the characters themselves. Ledger completely embodied The Joker and took him to a new scarier level by creating mannerisms and a way of talking that sounds like it’s coming from scarred cheeks.

Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Prestige) directs this amazing action movie than is heads above most other superhero/comic book movies. With this being his sixth film he changed his style a bit to tell the story about these two men and their larger than life battle that changes the entire status of Gotham City, but he pulls it off and then some. He doesn’t let up for a minute as emotions and tension rises.

I highly recommend The Dark Knight to almost anyone and encourage you to go out and support this movie as it breaks box office records. It’s not for everyone though. The Joker is freaky at times, and often the tone of the movie is very grim, but it’s a raw look at what it would be like if all this actually existed. It’s handled perfectly for its subject matter, acted well, and the writing is captivating; The Dark Knight has it all. 5 stars

The Waynedale News Staff

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