The Dark Knight

The Top 63 Marathon, part 54 (#10!)

(update of a previous post – original is here)

Title: The Dark Knight
Year: 2008
Length: 152 minutes
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 Editing, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects; currently #10 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: The Joker hatches schemes
How I saw it: in the theater, July 2008; on video a couple times (have on DVD), most recently yesterday
Concept: Great.
Story: Great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great. This is a really hard call. I’m underwhelmed by Bale’s mouth-breathing, and Eckhart’s Bale impression is kind of balls. But everyone else is great. And of course there’s Heath Ledger, turning a movie that might have been an 8 or a 9 into a solid 10.
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 10/10 (Favorite of my favorites). It’s not The Perfect Super Hero movie. It is a contender for Best Super Hero Movie, though.
Objective Rating: 3.8/4 (Great).


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