Director: Christopher Nolan
By now you’ve probably heard lots about this movie. The hype was inexcapable making it impossible to see this film without great expectations. Ordinarily in theatres, expectations leads to disappointment, this time it lead to a whole new bar being set. Yes, it’s that good.
Actually I’d say this film is legendary. And it’s all about the Joker. Sure, Christopher Nolan repeats his brilliant vision of batman. And Christian Bale is a superb caped crusader. But with a ‘hero movie’ it really doesn’t matter who your hero is. You could have the greatest hero character ever, but without the villain you have nothing. It is not lightly that I say, Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker is one of the greatest villain characters I have ever seen.
It is definitely too bad that he will never reprise the roll. Then again, much like Brandon Lee in The Crow a young actors untimely death certainly helps elevate a very good performance to legendary one. Word on the grocery store isle is that after filming Heath went into a depression, went to pills and offed himself. How much of that is true, who knows. But the media sure do love a young-white-male-celebrity-suicide.
Gossip aside, the performance is stellar in a stand out film with no slouchers. In fact all the heavy hitters like Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman were all at the top of their game.