The Dark Knight movie Poster

“Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it!”
– The Joker

SYNOPSIS: Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker. – via IMDB

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GRADE 10I get the same thrill every single time I watch it, without fail. Yes, let me rave about it some more. This is truly another masterpiece from Christopher Nolan, and everything was just as it was supposed to be. The cast was fantastic (again), and Heath Ledger brought so much to the table with his performance, though it was heartrendingly his last. The day he died we really did lose one of the greats and I will always maintain this. Hans Zimmer composes us a beautiful and perfect score for this, and it only makes everything you see that much more amazing. He truly is a phenomenal composer, and adds so much to all the projects that he works on. I love that this was also not a simple plot, and it was constantly being changed up. This is the Joker, after all. Nolan gets the villain thing. Again, we know Batman must triumph, but the Joker is so mesmerizing you want to give him free reign of Gotham and just see him tear to it to the ground. The Joker thrives on chaos, no more, no less, and I think The Dark Knight captured that perfectly. The effects were also incredibly well done, and the cast all came together to give us something to chew on. Aaron Eckhart was so good as Harvey Dent, he was the White Knight of Gotham, he was someone you could back, a man of integrity and honour and nerves of steel, and his descent into the underbelly of Gotham and being thrown from his pedestal was intense and painful to watch, and you can get why he would lose his mind. The movie is infinitely quotable, and there are so many cool little things strewn throughout this (the small tidbits) that make it so great (think the Joker’s vegetable peeler between all his knives). I am still a fan of Christian Bale as Batman, he is fantastic, and he really handled the material well for the film, being torn between fighting for Gotham as well as turning himself in to stop the Joker. Bruce’s relationship with Fox is still one of those fantastic ones. I was also a fan of the brief sighting of the Scarecrow, because you all know how much I loved Cillian Murphy in that one. There is so much to rave about in this movie… the action, the script, the performances, the score, the effects, truly. It is a phenomenal watch, and remains my favourite of the bunch just because it is so chaotic, crazy and out there.

24 thoughts on “Rapid Review: The Dark Knight (2008)

  1. Natasha says:

    Mah favorite knitty knitster

    great review, as always! I love these movies – you are making me itching to watch them again!

    Kidney

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    1. Zoë says:

      Hooker! DO IT FOR GLORY!!!!!!!!!! LET NOTHING STOP YOU!!!!!!!!!

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  2. vinnieh says:

    Excellent review Zoe. Ledger really left his mark on the role of Joker.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Vinnie! He was phenomenal!

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      1. vinnieh says:

        I’m sorry if I haven’t been on your blog a lot recently. Had a bit of a commenting issue that has now thankfully been resolved.

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      2. Zoë says:

        No problem, I haven’t been around much anywhere lately because of studies, so don’t sweat it!

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      3. vinnieh says:

        I understand Zoe and my blog is always there to read.

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  3. A really good film. I don’t think I’ve seen a ten rating on here before. Good job on the review.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Geoff! I don’t actually think I have ever given a ten. There are a few movies I think deserve it, but always too scared to tackle them hahahaha. I never know what to say!

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  4. Great review! This is a pretty great movie. So sad that this is Ledger’s last role but he certainly left a legacy.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Mel! Ah, it crushes me still to think he is gone, what a pity 😦 But he was bloody brilliant here.

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  5. theipc says:

    Top marks!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!!!

    Go go buffalo!!

    Chop

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    1. Zoë says:

      😀 Damn straight! Top movie for sure!

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  6. Keith says:

    Yep. The best superhero movie ever made.

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    1. Zoë says:

      It’s beyond amazing!

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  7. abbiosbiston says:

    Okay I did like Heath Ledger in this.

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    1. Zoë says:

      xD See?! But then, you are so biased when it comes to Ledger 😉

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  8. This is an 11 out of 10 movie! Still absolutely awesome; a high watermark in comic book movies,

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    1. Zoë says:

      Couldn’t agree more, it’s a brilliant piece of cinema for sure!

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  9. Tom says:

    My comment will be short this time because you’ve pretty much said everything I want to say about this, but better. So glad to see you take on this absolute classic. R.I.P. Heath Ledger (and his Joker). I will say this: Jares Leto has a hell of a task ahead of him, doesn’t he?

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    1. Zoë says:

      🙂 Why thank you kindly!

      I refrain from commenting about anything pertaining to the Suicide Squad thing because… well… because.

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      1. Tom says:

        Yeah I just don’t know if I’m all that interested in Suicide Squad. The idea was really cool to me. And then they started showing photos of the cast and stuff. 😦

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      2. Zoë says:

        Yeah, I am all for Margot Robbie, but the rest… I don’t know.

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