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Where does he get those wonderful toys?

July 22, 2008 - Matt Phillips
The Dark Knight...what can I say? It is the best Batman movie ever! In a summer packed with so many great movies, this one towers over the rest.

First: Christian Bale is for the Batman franchise what Sean Connery was for 007. He is perfect for the role. His Bruce Wayne is dead on and as Batman no one can beat him. I have heard many people complain that he makes his voice deep in the movie. That isn’t something to complain about. I would worry if he didn’t disguise his voice as Batman. If he didn’t anyone would recognize him. As far as acting goes, Christian Bale is at the top of my favorites list. From the first time I saw Equilibrium, I knew that he was going to be one of the biggest action stars in Hollywood.

Second: Heath Ledger. His tragic death prior to the release of this movie instantly brings to mind the many other young stars taken too soon like Brandon Lee, River Phoenix, Chris Farley and so many others. His performance was exceptional. He played the Joker like he stepped right out of “The Killing Joke”. Insane, sadistic, pure evil...that describes the Joker. Heath Ledger made Jack Nicholson look like a kitty cat. Mark Hammill’s performance of the Joker in the Batman Animated Series will always be, for me, the greatest incarnation of the villain. In the movie it is like Heath Ledger took Hammill’s interpretation and ran with it. Many times in the movie I almost thought it was the Joker of the cartoon.

Third: The story is very well done. Even though there are things you know are going to happen in the movie, it still takes you for a wild ride. Having the origin of batman and other characters out of the way leaves more room for plot and further character development. This movie has more to offer than just action. One of my favorite things about this new Batman series is that it actually answers the question “Where does he get those wonderful toys”. The story explains his gadgets and why he needs them (much like Bond movies). It also explains how he gets them and hides the fact that he has them made.

In all, this movie shows Batman as he is in the comics, its not the kiddie movies of the sixties or the dayglow nightmare of the Joel Schumacher visions. This movie takes two steps past the Tim Burton Batman (which I still love). I give The Dark Night the highest praise a fanboy can give.


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