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The Dark Knight (2008) Movie Reviews

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09/27/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not Quite Exemplary But Very, Very Good

Do I think this is the best superhero movie ever made and in comparison to what? Yes, I think it is the best superhero ever made (as of July 2008) and it’s about five times better than the great “Spider-man 2.” Do I think this is one of the best films of the 2000’s? Yes, I do because it not only works as a first-rate superhero film, it also works as a gritty suspense-crime thriller (some scenes are as heart-pounding as “The Departed”) influenced with noir films from the mid to late 1950’s (such as “The Killing”).

That said, I am both impressed and mildly disappointed with “The Dark Knight.” I have two reasons why I was disappointed: the film was not I expected it to be and the so-called twists in the story weren’t twists for me at all because I’m very familiar with the story of Batman ...

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4/4 

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kcvidkid
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08/26/2008 (0 of 2 found this helpful)

The Dark Knight shines brightly

At this point, I don't know what else I can write about "The Dark Knight" that hasn't already been said. I did love it just as much as everyone else, and maybe one little example would shed a different light on the reason why.

When is the last time you've seen a movie that had even one moment that made you say, "Wow"? They all seem so over the top these days, with fantastic stunts and special effects. They've become almost commonplace.

But there's a simple scene -- heck, tiny PART of a scene -- in "The Dark Knight" that made me say, "Wow". It's during Batman's confrontation with The Joker on the streets of Gotham City. He is on his "Batcycle", racing down the street. He's heading straight towards a building, but at the last minute starts to ride up the wall, then flips/turns a...

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4/4 

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Owtkast
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08/26/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Maybe the best I've ever seen

At two and half hours you’d think his film would feel long but you’d be wrong. “The Dark Knight” is so packed with visual wizardry. The film is a true sequel in as much as it virtually picks up at the conclusion of “Batman Begins” but, partly because of Heath Ledger’s stunningly brilliant performance, the story becomes even darker. It takes a master villain to make this kind of film a success. Ledger moved Batman from comic book to fully fleshed out thriller! Brothers, Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, collaborated on the script that just might make this the powerplay of the year.As director, Christopher Nolan’s control at the helm of this big budget blockbuster is flawless. Ledger may have made this film his own but we can’t let that detract from the consistently outstanding performances d...

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4/4 

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madcap_rei
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08/18/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Why so serious?

In early August, I visited the theater for the first time in weeks. When I left the building over two hours later, I was invigorated, inspired, and I had a new favorite movie.
The Dark Knight lends credence to the phrase that 'the whole is greater than the sum of the parts'. There were aspects of the film that I disliked, and scenes that didn't hold my attention. But these were overshadowed, almost obliterated, by the good of the story.

The plot of this film felt, for the most part, smooth and natural, building towards the climax without artificially raising the stakes. Each action led into another, and each event created a ripple effect on those who experienced it. There was at least one character arc that moved too quickly, and which could have been handled with more grace. Yes, H...

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4/4 

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movie man69
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08/12/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Dark Knight not a 5 course meal for me!

I have been waiting to see this movie for weeks and finally I got my wish. I love the new direction the batman films have gone in. Batman begins, began this transition that should have happened years ago.
The old films where very comic book like, bright colored costumes and pyrotechnics. Very cheesy when you look back over the years but never the less they where all good movies in their own right accept Batman and Robin which everyone will agree was terrible.

Heath Ledger plays a fantastic Joker and the introduction of Aaron Eckhart as two face left me frothing at the mouth ready for the next installment. I felt so gratified because after seeing two face in Batman forever I now understood his character and what motivated his anger.

If I'm honest this film is a great film with a g...

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3/4 

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LeopardExplosion
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08/05/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Absolutely and Completely Astonishing.

In 2005 Batman Begins shocked and surprised me. I wasn't even expecting it to be what it was. Anxiously awaiting The Dark Knight, I already had huge expectations. I was scared that they were a bit too high. What if this movie was over-hyped. Well yes, it was hyped highly. But MY GOD DID IT DESERVE IT. Come July 17, All my expectations for The Dark Knight had been Exceeded for MILES. Christopher Nolan had all the characters and writing done to perfection. He made the story fit into a 2 hour and 40 minute masterpiece. The Writing is amazing, as well as a great cast of actors who did excellent playing their roles. Every single one of them. Barely any CGI plagued this film to death, but with lots of real effects the authentic feel of a crime drama becomes present along with the story. Heath L...

Rating of
4/4 

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Taz
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08/01/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Stop reading and go see it already!

Wow I think every thing that can be said about this movie has been. I just want to add one thing. What is going to make this move contend for one of the highest grossing movies of all time is that it appeals to everyone. If you want an action movie, check. If you want plot and character driven movie, check. Heck if you want romance there is a little of that to. Another great part is that that 40 minutes of the movie were shot with an IMAX camera. We went and saw it in an IMAX theater and let me tell you if you can get to one go see it there it was amazing! I will leave the dissecting of the story line, acting and characters to the rest of the reviews but let me just say if you haven't seen this movie go see it today! (On IMAX if possible)

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4/4 

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Ichabod Crane
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07/27/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Best comic book movie ever

story 10/10 A perfectly crafted film, that had both a brilliant a deep story, that had many layers and depth to it, and great action scenes. This film is particularly good because it really does not waste one scene. Every scene has purpose, and is interesting. I was never bored during the whole film. I felt very similar to how I felt when I watched the departed. Anyone who was bored by this must merely not like a smart story.

sound 10/10- The musical score is perfectly implemented. Since it never gives away a scene, but instead is properly used so it only adds to the film.

acting 10/10- Might as well start with Heath Ledger who gives the performance that fully embodies the character of the Joker. His voice and his posture are perfect. He never hits a wrong note and stays great the ...

Rating of
4/4 

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Rachel M.
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07/21/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

I like it!

Heath Ledger's performace was NOT overhyped just because he died. It really was that good. I think only Johnny Depp could step into the role in future installments.

Didn't like Maggie Gyllenhaal as, well, me. (Rachel) ;) I don't think I've ever liked anything she has done. Katie Holmes was much better.

Christian Bale. Wow. I've been on the look out for him since Empire of the Sun. He's amazing, and damn sexy. But unfortunately, no sex in this movie. meh. There was a noticeable lack of sexual chemistry/tension between Maggie and... anyone. Poor casting choice, IMHO. I mean, do they HAVE to pin all of that on ONE female character, who could turn out to be a dud? Can we have maybe two or three named female characters that play a role a little more interesting that clutchi...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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patjohnson76
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07/21/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

It's good, but let's not get carried away

Warning - minor spoilers

Nolan's second Batman film is a worthy entry into the franchise, though I have to admit, I think it may be overhyped just a bit. The script is mostly okay and the actors are solid, but at times the film tries to do too much.

Regarding the script, my main complaint is that the twist involving Harvey Dent really needed to be saved for another movie. I would have been okay with the transformation, but taking him to the dark side now just seemed too soon. One conversation with the Joker isn't enough motivation for Dent to abandon all his principles. Besides, Two Face's true character was always struggling between good and evil - there's little good here.

There's strong acting all around, though given all the hype regarding Heath Ledger's Joker, I was pr...

Rating of
3/4 

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