Today is the 10th Anniversary of the release of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. It’s hard to believe that this film came out 10 years ago, when I was only 10 years old!
The Dark Knight surrounds Batman (Christian Bale) when a new foe named the Joker (Heath Ledger) wrecks total havoc on Gotham City. With the help of Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and the district attorney, Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), they do their best to stop the Joker and the chaos erupting all over Gotham.
The Dark Knight is generally considered to be the best comic book movie of all time, and that holds true to this day. While it may not be my favorite comic book film, it is no doubt the best made, best directed, the most prestigious, and has the best performance out of any comic book film thus far.
Heath Ledger gave one of the most iconic performances of film history in his role as the Joker. And while it’s sad that he died before he knew this, I think it adds to his legend. While I liked him as the hunky Patrick in 10 Things I Hate About You, this role really showed his range. Christian Bale continues his great performance as Batman/Bruce Wayne. And Aaron Eckhart does fantastic in his transformation to likable Harvey Dent to villainous Two Face.
This movie solidified Christopher Nolan as being of the best directors in recent memory. He was already on his way to greatness with his film Momento, but this Dark Knight trilogy gave him the fame and recognition that he deserves.
However, no film is perfect, and this film does have some flaws though they are very minor. First, when Heath Ledger isn’t on screen, the film isn’t as captivating, and while that isn’t bad, the finale with Two Face isn’t as high stakes as it wants to be. Mainly because we, the audience, know that Batman is going to come save the day. With the Joker, because he was so cunning and neurotic, Batman couldn’t always be the hero because Joker was so unpredictable. Two Face, on the other hand, is a predictable villain in this film. The use of technology to hack into every cell phone to find the Joker is very morally questionable, and a huge invasion of privacy, I feel that they could have done something else to find him. Another minor grip is that I don’t really understand the scene where they are shooting bullets into bricks to try to digitally recreate it and grab a fingerprint – it doesn’t make any sense.
I give The Dark Knight an A.