The Dark Knight, a movie review

A movie review: By Lee Sonogan

(2008) 2h32min/Action, Crime, Drama


The sequel to Christopher Nolan’s first live-action Batman movie. Plus most likely the best superhero movie of all time. This very successful movie was made with a budget of $185 million and made just over one billion at the box office. This was the first comic book movie to reach the $1 billion mark. This movie takes place roughly nine months after Batman Begins ended. Where the Joker begins to wreak havoc and chaos in Gotham. This movie is a must-watch if you enjoy superhero movies.

The biggest actors in this movie include:

  • Christian Bale
  • Heath Ledger
  • Aaron Eckhart
  • Micheal Caine
  • Gary Oldman
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Eric Roberts
  • Cillian Murphy
  • And more

Christian Bale trained in the Keysi Fighting Method to play Batman. Keysi means “from the heart.” The martial arts style was developed by two stuntmen who worked on Batman Begins. Cillian Murphy reprises his role as Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow from Batman Begins in this film. This makes him the first actor to reprise the role of a Batman villain in the whole film series. He also reprises his role in a cameo in The Dark Knight Rises.

In preparation for his role as The Joker, Heath Ledger hid away in a motel room for about six weeks. During this extended stay of seclusion, Ledger delved deep into the psychology of the character. He devoted himself to developing The Joker’s every tic, namely the voice and that sadistic-sounding laugh. Heath Ledger’s sudden death on January 22, 2008 prompted immediate speculation over the film’s state. Soon after Ledger’s tragic passing was announced, Warner Bros. Pictures issued a statement that verified that Ledger had finished all of his scenes in principle photography, as well as post-production fulfillment, thus making The Joker his final, completed film role.

Composer James Newton Howard composed an elegant and beautiful score for Harvey Dent, which would serve as a jarring contrast to Two-Face’s persona. Matt Damon was offered the part of Harvey Dent, but had to turn it down because of a schedule conflict with the move Invictus, another Warner Bros. film. Christopher Nolan has said that if he knew he was going to make another sequel, Harvey Dent wouldn’t have died.

Overall, this movie is near perfect. The film is so good it made more money than Batman Begins entire domestic run in only 6 days of release. It has good writing, imagery, acting, scenes and so much more. The Joker character in the movie is played to perfection by Heath Ledger. So many scenes in this movie are iconic and intense, while the only thing I can say bad about it is that the plot can be a bit thin sometimes. I recommend this movie to everyone, watch this movie to get an application of well-written superhero stories and amazing scenes.

The Joker – “Why so serious?”



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