Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The Dark Knight
Oh, hello. Just so you know, I'm not the type to seek out super-hero fare at the cineplex. So it means something when I say I really liked "The Dark Knight." I really, really did like it.
My only complaint was the 2 hr. 40 min. running time. If they would've dumped the whole ass-numbingly elaborate cell phone sonar fancy pants effects segment, the film would've been off the charts good. Luckily, Batman's messiah-like exit strategy provided such a hand-on-your-heart inspirational ending, I forgave the sonar boondoggle.
My, oh my, it was a glossy good time at the movies with a bright brain behind it all and terrific performances throughout.
Much hype has been made of Heath's turn as the Joker, with good reason. He was a riveting presence and stole every scene.
He also provided my two favorite moments in the whole shebang: 1) The Joker bobbing away from the hospital in his nurse's uniform (brilliant costume call), looking back at his path of destruction while fussily fiddling with his detonator; and 2) the Joker gleefully swerving down a city street at twilight with his head jammed out of a police car window like some kind of blissed-out hound of hell. Gorgeous.
Heath as Joker also delivers my favorite line in the film:
"Y'see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little...push."