Title: The Dark Knight
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan; story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer; characters by Bob Kane
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman
Music: James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Ledger) and Best Sound Editing; Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing and Best Sound; currently #7 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 152 minutes
Synopsis: The Joker hatches schemes
How I saw it: in the theater, July 2008
Subjective Rating: 10/10 (Favorite of my favorites).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for cinematography) c. 3.8/4 (Great).
Not the Perfect Super Hero Movie it’s hyped to be (it is a contender for the Best Super Hero Movie, though). I think Batman Begins might actually have been better movie, although I liked this one a lot more, thanks to the Joker. Heath Ledger is amazing, and then some. But then there’s Two Face. . . Not a bad performance. Even a good one by most standards. But when the climax of the movie is him opposite Gary Oldman, following the Joker’s big finale… “good” is way out of its league. And Two Face’s special effects are unbelievably terrible. It’s very anti-climactic, ending with that rather than the Joker. But this is mostly nit-picking; as you can see from my rating, I love this movie.