So, after almost a years worth of “hype” and every comic book nerd on the planet awaiting the next Batman train wreck, it seems that we are all so very surprised. Not only is the movie #1 at the box office right now, but has also set new records for opening days and weekends.
Of course like any other curious person, i wanted to see what all the fuss was about.I do that very often with movies, because i want to know why everyone else likes (or hates) something as much as they do.
Most of the time if everyone says a movie sucks, it’s because they don’t understand it. In that case. i usually love it.And if someone says it’s great, it’s usually horrible, or somewhat watchable at best.
Batman Begins was a brilliant way to try and restore the Batman movie franchise that was easily decimated because one of the worst films ever made…Batman and Homo. I mean, Batman and Robin.The beginning of the Batman movie franchise wasn’t really that bad…people are giving Tim Burton’s films a thumbs down compared to the “2000” version of Batman. Let’s not be so hasty. Back when Burton did Batman and Batman Returns, they were the talk of the town…the films made mad money and everyone at least liked them.I still do.They fit the “Batman” at the time. It was dark, but screwy…like many of Tim Burton’s films.More “comic book like”, but still very amusing. Then we moved on to “Batman Forever” which is, to say the least, a little more like a “70’s” Batman.While the film was watchable, Jim Carey stole the show.Then on to what nearly destroyed it…Batman and Robin. The biggest mess in movie history as far as I’m concerned.
So after all that, batman faded away for awhile…from the movies that is. Then Batman Begins came to be, and the dark knight was reborn.
The latest in the franchise, i have to say is a film that comic book fans, and non-comic book fans alike can appreciate. It’s probably the most realistic super hero movie i’ve ever seen. Other then Batman and his gadgets, it all seemed so very real.
Now, i have to say, while the movie was good, and most entertaining it certainly is not the greatest either.It has it’s flaws, like most super hero type movie often do.Those flaws can be put aside though, especially because of the brilliant acting done by most of the cast. Heath Ledger lived up to his hype…he was a cynical, diabolical son of a bitch as the Joker…almost to the point it made your skin want to crawl. When he was on the screen of course. He MIGHT have been in about half of the movie. But he did a great job playing the original Joker…thats how the character should be. Don’t get me wrong though, Jack Nicholson did a great job as the Joker as well…least i think so. His performance will not be forgotten.
The Dark Knight portrays itself as super hero film, but in reality is almost like a crime drama action movie with Batman in it…which is why the film seems a bit more realistic then the rest.They seemed to have wrapped up the Scarecrows character rather quickly, and in the end, never really said what happened to our happy go lucky blow’em all to bits maniac Joker.
The ending was a bit of a downer, but maybe it will pave the way for a Batman Begins 3.
Aaron Eckhart really gave Tommy Lee Jones a run for his money as “Two Face”. In this film, this is how the character should have been portrayed.
So in conclusion, though somewhat disappointed by the film (seemed to drag a little at times) i must say i was most impressed with the latest Batman tale.The movie is over two and half hours long, so be prepared to sit for awhile…but if you’re a fan of the Bat, you shant be disappointed…or at least not by much.
The film is worth seeing in the theaters…once, then again when the DVD is released sometime around Christmas.
7 out of 10.