“ Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Christopher Nolan / Actors: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman ... / DVD released 2008-12-08 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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Summary: "The Dark Knight" is a 2008 superhero movie again directed by Christopher Nolan, and written by Christopher and his brother Jonathan. It is a sequel to the 2005 film "Batman Begins" which was a brilliant return to form for the caped crusader, but this one takes the franchise to whole new levels. The movie features the world's greatest detective's most famous foes, The Joker, Two-Face and the mob boss Sal Maroni. It was a huge box office hit, becoming the first superhero movie to gross over a billion dollars and was adored by both film critics and loyal fans.
Cast and Crew: Director - Chris Nolan
Producers - Chris Nolan, Emma Thomas, Charles Roven
Screenplay - Chris and John Nolan
Score - Hans Zimmer
Batman/Bruce Wayne - Christian Bale
Alfred Pennyworth - Michael Caine
Lucius Fox - Morgan Freeman
The Joker - Heath Ledger
Commissioner James Gordon - Gary Oldman
Harvey Dent/Two-Face - Aaron Eckhart
Rachel Dawes - Maggie Gyllenhaal
Sal Maroni - Eric Roberts
Story: The film continues the Batman legend, a criminal mastermind who calls himself "The Joker" is taking over the mob and the city; Batman must work together with Gordon, Rachel and the new district Attorney Harvey Dent in order to stop him and put his reign of terror to an end. But the journey isn't a walk in the park for Batman, as many twists and turns unfold along the way.
Review: Following up the spectacular Batman Begins was never going to be an easy task, but director Chris Nolan showed that it could be done, he not only matched Begins, he also bettered it. With some brilliant acting performances, mainly from Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart, some exciting action and a powerful, gripping story that takes you to the edge of your seat; this is two and a half hours of pure brilliance.
Conclusion: This is one of the most acclaimed movies of the past decade, it has a 94% fresh rating on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes, which is currently the highest for a superhero movie, and not only that, it was the first superhero movie to gross over a billion dollars at the box office. Everyone and their dog loved this film, and it's easy to see why, I definitely recommend the film to anyone, obviously some won't enjoy it, but most will! Enjoy folks, it's one hell of a ride.
Every once in a while, a movie will come along and blow your mind away. Some movies will do it by showing you never before seen stunts and others will do it by showcasing the amazing acting talents of the onscreen actors. This is what makes this movie so special because it combines both of those things making it a rare masterpiece in my opinion. Compared to other Batman movies in the past this one is a lot darker and edgier thanks to the awe-inspiring acting performance of Heath Ledger.
Before viewing the movie I would've never thought that someone could portray the Joker better than what Jack Nicholson did in the first Batman movie. I was wrong, dead wrong. Nevermind Jack Nicholson, I can't remember any actor going to such great lengths to portray a character than what Ledger did. It almost felt like he was possessed by this evil entity that overtook him and made him become the dark and twisted Joker that you see on film.
And with great acting came awesome special effects. Within the first 10 minutes of the movie a bus literally backs into a bank smashing one of the robbers, the first time I saw this scene I told myself "wow this is gonna be good". I was right because as the movie went on, the scenes got even better and more fantastic. I could list here all the cool scenes in the movie but I wont because any amount of words wouldn't do justice to it, you just have to view it yourself.
The action scenes were better than other movies because the amount of CGI (computer generated imagery) was kept to a minimum in this one. Movies these days take the easy way out and use way too much CGI to create there special effects. This is only good to use when they keep it to a minimum and its hard for the audience viewer to detect, like "The Dark Knight".
If you wanna see that rare combination of tremendous acting and mind-blowing stunts, watch this movie I promise it wont disapoint.
I'm not a huge fan of comic books or super hero type films. But when I heard the tragic news of Heath Ledger i was so upset cause he was so young and talented. Then I heard he had an upcoming film of the new Batman film 'The Dark Knight' sequal to 'Batman begins.' playing the character of the Joker (one of Batman's most famous villians)
The story is based six months after Batman Begins in Gotham city, where more trouble is coming. Bruce Wayne (Batman) where evil is lurking, and the day may come when Gotham will no longer need Batman. Alfred, Rachel, Gordan and Lucius make returns in the sequal, but the new characters introduced in Gotham are: the Joke and Harvey Dent (known as two-faced) but does Gotham really need Batman? Is there a new hero in the city? If there is who is it? Harvey? Gordan? or even Batman himself? This has to be one of the best comic book films ever made and begin one of the six films to hit the one billion spot! nominated eight oscars but only walked away with two including a posthumus award for Heath Ledger (best actor in a supporting role) Heath Ledger did the most incredible job and made the film so successful and powerful! It's almost like as he had stolen the limelight of the film!
Bruce Wayne/Batman: Christian Bale
the Joker: Heath Ledger
Harvey Dent: Aaron Eckhart
Alfred: Michael Caine
Gordan: Gary Oldman
Rachel Dawes: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Lucius Fox: Morgan Freeman
Cillian Murphy, Eric Roberts and Hollyoaks Sarah Jayne Dunne also make apperances in the film.
directed by: Christopher Nolan
run time : 2 hrs 42 minutes
release date: 25th July (UK cinema) 8th December (DVD)
this is the one comic book film to watch whether you hate comic books or not!
You know I'm actually shocked by this one...
I borrowed this from my brother for 'something to watch.' I've always been a bit of a superhero geek but for some reason Batman's failed to grab my attention in any form comics, TV, film, so it was obviosuly quite a slow day when I put this into my blu-ray player this Sunday.
Two words (or is it one hyphenated?) awe-struck.
The film starts out on a fairly small stage - now I warn here that there may be a few spoilers but I'll keep it fairly light so hopefully I won't give the plot away for those who haven't seen it yet.
The opening scene shows us a group of masked robbers hijacking a bank, ending with them all stabbing each other in the back as per orders from the mysterious 'Joker'. Of particular note during this scene is where the bank teller comes at the robbers with a shotgun from under his desk, that did make me laugh, and then wonder why we don't see this more often...still sides aside this results in us getting our first encounter with the Joker who makes his escape in a school bus straight into rush hour. Clearly this guy's a bit clever...
Now without spoiling the rest of the plot the bank was a mob bank run by the local mafia types that the Joker's decided should be doing his bidding. Now naturally our local vigilante isn't going to stand for this and ends up getting involved, and actually has circles run around him for a good part of the film, it's a wonderful blend of action sequences and some out and out clever moments - seriously, whoever wrote this film should actually be locked up as they have real potential to cause serious damage to someone! Some of the Joker's plots are out and out fiendish and actually give some real 'edge of the seat' moments where you're wondering what's going to happen - none of which I shall bring up as I really do feel it would spoil the suspense of the movie.
Suffice to say it's a small twist of an ending, though maybe for those more familiar with the Batman mythology it's less so - I don't know. Either way it's a stellar film from start to finish and I shall make sure to pick up Batman Begins at some point soon to see if that matches this in quality. A* all the way through - well done.
Now one sad little piece I'll put in at the end here is that it was a shame that the Joker was left open for a sequel as the actor who played him was found dead not long afterwards meaning this will sadly never happen but what a stunning end to a career and life. Congratulations.
I saw The Dark Knight when it was released last year and wasn't sure about it but having seen it again have changed my mind about it as it is brilliant. I remember watching the Batman film when Jack Nicholson played the Joker but this is in a league of it's own compared to that adaptation.
When it was first released it was highly anticipated and it doesn't disappoint in my opinion.
Compared to the other Batman films this one is the darkest and most serious one yet. The others all had an element of humour in them but not this one. It is sinister and set in the shadows or Gotham city from the outset as it should be.
The late Heath Ledger put in an outstanding performance as the Joker in my opinon and deserves the accolodes. He played the character in a dark, almost psychopathic way and you feel the the Joker is on the edge all the time and could snap at any time as he does.
Christopher Nolan played Batman and was equally good in this role and played the serious side to Batman extremely well through the stroryline. There were also minor roles for stars like Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.
The storyline starts off slowly but soon builds and there are many turns throughout that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The transformation of Harvey Dent from clean lawyer who is the face of Gotham, putting away the crime before him, to Harvey two face after an horrific accident is very well directed and fascinating to watch.
The special effects are fantastic too as you'd exepect from a blockbuster like this nowadays and the explosions and chase scenes are high speed and keep you transfixed to the screen.
If you like Batman and action films then this is definately for you - highly recommended and to see Heath Ledger in his final role
Simply brilliant. Most modern addaptions of comic book hereos have flopped in my opinion, but the new Batmans have been jaw droppingly good. Especially the most recent installment, the dark knight. In this one Batman (played by Christian Bale) takes on his arch nemesis the Joker (played by the late Heath Ledger). The acting is inspirational and delivered with a powerful punch. The story line itself fast paced and edge of your seat stuff. I was dreading this movie ending because I knew I would be wanting more, and more I did.
The movie on blu-ray looks stunning and crystal clear. The picture was so good that at times i felt I could tap the joker on the shoulder and ask him if he fancies a pint in the old dog and hound.
In conclusion, this is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time and highly recommend it to all. If you are able to watch it on a blu-ray, then do it, immediatly. You will not be disappointed.
Nay sayers like to say that this movie is too long. Is the Godfather too long?
As the Godfather is to mafia movies, The Dark Knight is to superhero movies. To me, this film is the pinnacle. A great plot. FANTASTIC performances. As much as I love Mark Hammill's portrayal of the Joker, the late Heath Ledger gives the clown prince of crime a real air of menace in this film. There is a true sense of uncertainty, even madness, with his portrayal, and it is chilling.
The film runs the risk of having more than one villain, something that has been proven to be a very bad idea - see the later [original] Batman movies, or Spiderman 3, but in this case, it works surprisingly well, as it is almost like you are watching two different movies, that just happen to be playing at the same time, and also just happen to affect each other.... if you know what I mean!
This way of viewing the movie from multiple angles, provides different methods of entry for your imagination, and keeps you focussed for the lengthy running time.
The extras are vast, including galleries of all the materials used in the viral marketing of the film, multiple dcumentaries, commentaries and more.
The film is outstanding - plot wise, acting, effects, score, the lot. Even if you are not a comic book fan, you will be entrawled by this film.
I've never taken more than a passing interest in the Batman series of films, so was a little sceptical regarding all the hype surrounding The Dark Night.
In my opinion, it's a good, solid action film let down by 2 flaws. Firstly, it's probably 30-40 minutes longer than it needs to be, with certain sections of the film feeling like they have little to do with the overall plot.
Secondly, it's difficult to take the 'dark' nature of the film seriously when Bruce Wayne takes on a ridiculous Frank Butcheresque husky voice whenever he becomes Batman.
I feel the above points only stop the film being great, and don't make it a bad one. The action scenes are excellent, and yes, Heath Ledgers' portrayal of The Joker is a memorable one.
Overall, the film is probably around 8/10.
Where it scored highly for me was watching on Blu Ray. This was the first time i've seen a film on Blu Ray, having just bought a PS3 slim. The film really plays to Blu Rays' strengths, with the details on the darker scenes, as well as the detail of the Gotham City buildings being excellent.
Wow. Put it this way I have never really been into batman and never really got into the films. When I saw Batman Begins that was where it all changed!!
The Dark Knight is the second in this new updated series of batman films and they really give the comic figure of 'Batman' a humanistic feel.
The Dark Knight itself features the classic 'Joker' character who is played wonderfully by Heath Ledger and another famous character Two Face played by Aaron Eckhart.
Chris Nolan does a great job of personifying the character of Batman and the plot of batman begins actually leaves you thinking that batman could be a real character!
The Dark Knight however brings us back to the dark world of Gotham City and it's strange inhabitants re-entering batmans comic book roots.
I don't want to give away the plot here but just be prepared for a long sitting, there are several moments when the film could have ended and it almost seems at some points that they have combined the two films of the Joker, and of Two-Face into one really long film!
In saying this I was engrossed in the film and enjoyed watching it!
well, what can i say about the film of the one of the legends, unlike the other heroes this is yet another robin hood shoot off, but instead of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor he does nearly as good, he is a rich guy who uses his money to do mystery research into objects that might just happen to make crime fighting for a certain bat easier. I love this plot as it includes the thing, i love the most, technology, if you love it to this film will not disappoint, if this was true then the world would be the wrong way round. then plot of the story is greatly put together to create tension, suspense and then even the final moment, it uses the rule of 3 just like i did to create all of these. pure smart film director, even better is the acting, and even the old great british alfred, and the R&D actor, Morgan Freeman, well he makes it even better.
i like the way he lows people of by using pure logic but the opposite logic to blow off accountants who start pulling strings.
i love cartoon character movies, i love batman even more as he shows you don't need superpowers just a lot of adrenaline, money, and technology.
the joker is cruel and truly Batman's villain in this film, if only arkham asylum game came true.
This film is very good and a must buy in Blu-ray if you have a Blu-ray player. The film is a sequel to the film Batman begins, there is also another dvd called the gotham knight which goes inbetween Batman begins and Dark knight it is animated and isn't needed to know what is going on.
This film focus's mainly on the joker and batman's mind battle's, the film is action packed from beggining to end with lots of innovation, on the dvd you also get some features which i found really good such as while you are watching the film there will be a little icon for a moment in top right of the screen and this allows you to push a button and it pause's the film and opens up another video showing how something was done e.g. How the motorbike was created and designed.
This is a fantastic film and is up there as one of my favourite films.
The Dark Knight is a masterpiece of modern cinema. As a film student, I have seen many of what critics consider to be the best motion pictures in existence and I can state with 100% confidence that this film not only equals but betters a fair few of them.
So what makes this movie so great? I'll start with the cinematography. Wally Pfister has work a miracle here. The difficulty of successfully filming a comic book movie and creating realism cannot be underestimated.
Next, the acting. Everyone brings it in this movie, with the possible exceptions of Bale and Gyllenhaal, both of whom are far from poor. Keeps your eyes peeled for Nestor Carbonell, too. Ledger is a pleasure to watch throughout and provides one of the all time great performances in this, his penultimate.
The plot is wonderfully crafted, and keeps things moving nicely. However, nicely isn't really a work that should be used when describing this movie, the title says it all. When the plot becomes even slightly slow, it's hurled back into play with some phenomenal, spectacular, billion dollar set-pieces.
The blu-ray itself shifts the aspect ratio for the scenes filmed with IMAX equipment, just like in the cinema. The surround is also very well mixed, and this all adds up for one of the best imitations of a cinematic experience in your own home when using a 30" + HDTV/Projector screen and 7.1 surround.
Quite simply, I havn't seen a film this impressive in a long time. But before I get into the review, a little background on the film. The Dark Knight is the sequel to Batman Begins (which I've only got around to seeing recently and is well worth watching). Unlike the first film, this one concentrates a lot more on the villain(s), in this case being the joker (Heath Ledger) and later on Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart). The film opens with a bank robbery where we first see the joker. A lot of the film focuses on the psychological battle between Batman and the joker (the joker playing on Batman's rule that he will never kill anyone). Eventually the joker succeeds in terrorising Gotham City and turning the city's 'white knight' Harvey Dent into a murderer.
The film has a lot of similarities with Michael Mann's Heat (starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino). The bank scene for one, at the start of the film bares many similarities to Heat (William Fichtner playing the bank manager in The Dark Knight and also the owner of the bearer bonds in Heat). The whole theme of the film, the battle between to equally matched opponents, feels similar to that of Heat. What's more, the action sequences have a similar feel (I have to say, some of the action scenes match, if not top, those in Heat).
The Dark Knight isn't just visually stunning however; the acting is something special too. It's impossible to ignore the fact that the best performance came from Heath Ledger. The Joker loses the campness of Jack Nicholson's original and is replaced with a much darker, more sinister Joker. For me, Heath Ledgers Joker is up there with one of the greatest movie villains of all time. However, The Dark Knight doesn't really give Christian Bale the opportunity to show his acting abilities as much as the first film did. Saying that, he still does a brilliant job of the role in this film too.
All round, the film has a much different feel to any comic book film I've ever seen. It's a breath of fresh air to the Batman genre and creates some classic movie villains. It also goes without saying that Heath Ledger was a great loss to the acting community. The film rightly deserves a 10/10.
The Blu-ray (viewed on full HD projector)
The picture quality of The Dark Knight on Blu-ray is outstanding. Even though the quality of Batman Begins was good, this is in a different league. The picture is crisp, sharp, the colours are deep and there is no visible grain. Watching this film in High Def definitely adds to the viewing experience and in my opinion is the only way you should watch it (unless you don't have the option of Blu-ray that is). A 10/10 for the Blu-ray.
For the parents: Immediately following it's release there were a lot of issue surrounding the BBFC's rating of this film. The 12 rating it was allocated does seem exceptionally generous considering the violent content. There are many scenes of violence, some examples following. One scene features the joker holding a knife inside a man's mouth, clearly terrorizing him before killing him (cutting his cheek open, although this is not visible). Another features Batman smashing the jokers head into tables and glass windows. He punches him in the face with considerable force and tortures him in this way for quite a while. There are lots of threatening scenes and the film, overall, seems far too mature for children. This should be viewed as more of a crime film and even when the violence is not visible, it would never the less prove terrifying to children (as was proved when I viewed the film in the cinema - several children saying 'please don't kill him'). Definitely not one for the kids and is at the very high end of the 12 rating scale.
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Those that know me well enough know I'm a closet geek. (some might say minus the closet) and so I'm making special effort in reviewing the Dark Knight.
I tried not to get caught up in the hype, the death of Heath Ledger, the antics of Mr Bale and the incredible viral marketing campaign (which deserves awards on its own).
Most importantly I tried to quiet my own expectations for this movie.
I loved the original Nolan reworking, Batman Begins, probably more than I've loved any movie in a long time. It took the best aspects of the superhero genre and molded it into an oddly believable and darkly adult tale about the nature of fear and justice.
It was one of those films that actually made me question some things in life - not bad for a 70-odd year old comic book character!
So when the first hints of the Dark Knight emerged I became 'a little excited', in the same way you might describe Mardis Gras as ' a bit of a party'.
But hope can be a dangerous thing, especially in the Superhero genre and so it was that I calmed myself, tried to ignore what I hoped would be the 'bestest movie ever', and went about watching it with stoic reservation and unbiased discipline....
...Thanks god its amazing or all that I just said would be a waste huh?!
Yes, breathe easy fellow citizens of Gotham, the Dark Knight is incredible.
But don't be fooled, this is a demanding experience. This film is Dark with a capital 'Black' and about the most intense of any mainstream movie I've ever seen.
In fact at 2.5 hrs its almost an exhausting experience. This is NOT a film for kids and it barely remembers its Comic book roots.
The themes range from the psychopathic killing of innocents (a lot of 'em) to the tortured self questioning of a hero's role. - Fun times!
The plot is solid enough, perhaps a little clunky at times, seeming to skip around somewhat to convey the various lives of the characters in Gotham, but we are all the more grateful for the time we get to spend with many of them.
The camera work, as always is outstanding and the panoramic cityscapes of Gotham, and even Hong Kong are breathtaking - especially in Blu-Ray.
Perhaps one teeny downside would again be the action. Chris Nolan showed in Batman Begins that he isn't an action director and while much improved there is still a few frustratingly fast cuts and blurred sequences where you would really like to see some meaty action.
Aside from these tiny niggles the simply amazing performances from the cast are the icing on this very dark but tasty cake, and yes Ledger is amazing - but we already knew that right?!
So in summary stop reading this review, and go see it NOW!
Bottom Line - The Dark Knight is THE sequel we hoped for, dark, brutal, visually stunning and as intense as they come - you'll be exhausted but it will put a smile on your face. (cue manic laughter)
(P.S - I originally saw this in IMAX and given the chance so should you. BUT make sure whatever you do sit far back. Punch, kick or grapple your way to a decent seat if you must but don't sit at the front!)
I recently re- watched the Dark Knight as i was not sure if i loved this film because i was caught up in the hype after Heath Ledgers death or if genuinely enjoyed the film. I can now confirm i loved it!!!! There was a lot of pressure riding on this film after the surprisingly successful Batman Begins. Nolan doesn't disappoint! The Dark Knight has spectacular action sequences, fantastic acting and a witty script.
I think the best thing about the Dark Knight is that it has managed to move away from the rigid superhero conventions. Batman is at times a hero who can't be a hero . He also makes mistakes just like any ordinary person and even faces a society who turns against him. This was a refreshing take on a tiring genre which managed to keep my attention and meant i left feeling satisfied and wanting more!