Movie Review: The Dark Knight

Movie Review: The Dark Knight (IMAX)

I will tell you why I am serious.

This movie is AWESOME!

I am not a Batman fan, to be honest. The old movies sucked beyond redemption. And when this new wave of comic-to-movie flicks started to come out, I did not really have high hopes.

Spiderman was OK. Lots of swinging, and cool effects, but it looked childish and too comic-bookish for my tastes. The Hulk sucked, Electra sucked, Daredevil sucked. Most of them sucked.

The Batman Begins came along. It wasn’t a grand movie – it did have lots of comic-influence and cheesy dialogue – but the direction was a vast and welcome change from the previous Batman flicks and the other superhero action movies.

The Dark Knight

So you can say I wasn’t really expecting a lot out of Dark Knight.

Boy was I wrong.

I got to be one of the few people who were able to attend the IMAX premiere in Dubai. It was a late show and I had work the next day, but no biggie.

Boy oh boy oh boy.

The Dark Knight is a more focused film given that the characters have been established in Batman Begins. It explores the characters more and focuses on the psychological power play between Batman and the Joker as well as the other major characters.

Forget the old Batman movies and any impression you have on the Joker. After this movie you’d never want to see a clown again. His criminal mind is terrifyingly dark and one without motive. The Joker is portrayed as a symbol of all that is insane in the world – intelligence mixed with immorality makes insanity.

The Dark Knight

The storywriters did a great job in creating the disturbing character for the Joker. But what truly made him stand out is Heath’s performance. It steals the show, and even though the other actors do a decent to a solid job in portraying their characters, NONE of them is as good as Heath’s rendition of the Joker. As a note, I am still not a fan of Christian Bale’s voicework for Batman. It feels forced and at times too fake to portray seriousness.

Joker’s disturbed psychology – sick sick sick – and the makeup and the movements and the twitching and the “rationalization” of the events – is probably the highlight of the whole film. No matter how many times I repeat it, I cannot stress enough. There’s a lot to read between the lines too, if you’re not into taking the scenarios for face value.

The Dark Knight

Even though the movie is high on action, it focuses more on thought patterns and internal struggles of most of the main characters (Batman/Bruce, Harvey Dent, Joker). It takes you deeper into the sinister criminal minds, and that of the “goody two-shoes” as well.

Think of the film not as a superhero flick but rather as a two and a half hour psychological experiment. You’ll love it.

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    Perfect review….I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

    Too bad I couldn’t SLEEP last night after watching this movie, thanks to the constant threat of Joker nightmares.

    Seriously. I hate clowns. :(

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    Perfect review….I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

    Too bad I couldn’t SLEEP last night after watching this movie, thanks to the constant threat of Joker nightmares.

    Seriously. I hate clowns. :(

  • Anonymous

    Hal -
    It is most positively awesome! :D But I was able to sleep just fine LOL :P

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Hal -
    It is most positively awesome! :D But I was able to sleep just fine LOL :P

  • Jasim

    DamEn. Now I want to see it even more. :(

  • http://arabista-arabista.blogspot.com/ Arabista

    Khalas…you persuaded me. I have to watch this.
    However Jack Nicholson’s rendition of the joker was pretty good in the Michael Keaton batman…even if Michael Keaton sucked!

  • http://arabista-arabista.blogspot.com Arabista

    Khalas…you persuaded me. I have to watch this.
    However Jack Nicholson’s rendition of the joker was pretty good in the Michael Keaton batman…even if Michael Keaton sucked!

  • Anonymous

    Arabista -
    Jack was OK but Keaton and the rest of the gang brought down the performance considerably. In any case, the character of the Joker is significantly darker here. When you see the movie and the acting you’d understand my points :) Hope you enjoy it :D

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Arabista -
    Jack was OK but Keaton and the rest of the gang brought down the performance considerably. In any case, the character of the Joker is significantly darker here. When you see the movie and the acting you’d understand my points :) Hope you enjoy it :D

  • http://nourasworld.blogspot.com/ Noura

    Although am not of fan of Batman movies , this one is really, really good…Some reviews here suggested that kids shouldn’t see it and some of them even took it further as to say one family had to take their son for some therapy afterwards because he’s terrified to go to bed..Anyways, I loved it and its a shame that Heath Ledger didn’t live long enough to enjoy this success..

  • http://nourasworld.blogspot.com Noura

    Although am not of fan of Batman movies , this one is really, really good…Some reviews here suggested that kids shouldn’t see it and some of them even took it further as to say one family had to take their son for some therapy afterwards because he’s terrified to go to bed..Anyways, I loved it and its a shame that Heath Ledger didn’t live long enough to enjoy this success..

  • Jasim

    DamEn. Now I want to see it even more. :(

  • http://msloala.blogspot.com/ Ms Loala

    Hey!
    I love Batman movies! It ain’t really a super-hero comic cheesy kinda like film! Superman is! But i loved it too :D
    Too bad George Clooney isn’t  there :(

  • http://msloala.blogspot.com Ms Loala

    Hey!
    I love Batman movies! It ain’t really a super-hero comic cheesy kinda like film! Superman is! But i loved it too :D
    Too bad George Clooney isn’t  there :(

  • http://ww35.nekrif.com/ Sabeur

    I want more … I hope there is a third one (although with a new joker)
    Joker was amazing and I think they could have kept Two-Face

    I like that we finally know more about the joker … his background and all

    Great review

  • http://blog.sweetestmemories.com/ Qwaider قويدر

    Excellent review. The movie is very disturbing indeed at times.
    Although I loved it, I found it to be too long. So long in fact that it could have easily filled 3 movies instead of one. But I guess it was necessary. The new joker did a better job at horrifying the viewers than the old Jack Nicholson.

    But it was tooo damn long!

  • http://blog.sweetestmemories.com Qwaider قويدر

    Excellent review. The movie is very disturbing indeed at times.
    Although I loved it, I found it to be too long. So long in fact that it could have easily filled 3 movies instead of one. But I guess it was necessary. The new joker did a better job at horrifying the viewers than the old Jack Nicholson.

    But it was tooo damn long!

  • Anonymous

    Noura -
    I still don’t understand how some parents actually thought it would be a good idea to take their kids for this one.

    Jasim -
    You should!

    Ms Loala -
    Hehehehe… I think Clooney would have ruined the movie for some reason!

    Qwaider -
    I was not really bothered by the length as much as I was bothered by how the movie just had to put in a comic-book quality one-liner aimed at 13 year olds and ruin the moment. In any case, the end part of the film dragged on a bit. The addition of the extra villain was a double edged sword.

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Noura -
    I still don’t understand how some parents actually thought it would be a good idea to take their kids for this one.

    Jasim -
    You should!

    Ms Loala -
    Hehehehe… I think Clooney would have ruined the movie for some reason!

    Qwaider -
    I was not really bothered by the length as much as I was bothered by how the movie just had to put in a comic-book quality one-liner aimed at 13 year olds and ruin the moment. In any case, the end part of the film dragged on a bit. The addition of the extra villain was a double edged sword.

  • http://ww35.nekrif.com/ Sabeur

    I want more … I hope there is a third one (although with a new joker)
    Joker was amazing and I think they could have kept Two-Face

    I like that we finally know more about the joker … his background and all

    Great review

  • http://www.za3tar.net/ za3tar

    I agree with you. I really was sick of this comic-book-to-movie thing that is happening lately, and i really didn’t want to see batman’s dark knight. But my friend forced me, and it was entertaining i have to admit.

    I personally liked how the joker was not too comic-booky as the villains usually are, and i agree with you 100% batman’s voice was just annoying .. it wasn’t good acting to be considered as a serious dialouge. But good movie though.

    PS: i think this is my first comment on your new blog, and great job btw .. you have edited the heck out of your theme :-), right ?

  • http://www.za3tar.net/ za3tar

    WHAT ? now you moderate the comments ?? lah ya KJ

  • http://www.za3tar.net/ za3tar

    I agree with you. I really was sick of this comic-book-to-movie thing that is happening lately, and i really didn’t want to see batman’s dark knight. But my friend forced me, and it was entertaining i have to admit.

    I personally liked how the joker was not too comic-booky as the villains usually are, and i agree with you 100% batman’s voice was just annoying .. it wasn’t good acting to be considered as a serious dialouge. But good movie though.

    PS: i think this is my first comment on your new blog, and great job btw .. you have edited the heck out of your theme :-), right ?

  • http://www.za3tar.net/ za3tar

    WHAT ? now you moderate the comments ?? lah ya KJ

  • Anonymous

    Sabeur -
    I am not really sure about a new Joker. Heath is irrepraceable and he did such a good job I doubt any new actor would be able to pull off the role

    Za3tar -
    The Joker was dark yes and didn’t look anything out of a comic, unlike the Joker’s previous outings in the Nicholson days. And thank you for the thumbs up on the modified theme :D took some work :D hehe but it paid off. Comment moderation is just for first comments :)

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Sabeur -
    I am not really sure about a new Joker. Heath is irrepraceable and he did such a good job I doubt any new actor would be able to pull off the role

    Za3tar -
    The Joker was dark yes and didn’t look anything out of a comic, unlike the Joker’s previous outings in the Nicholson days. And thank you for the thumbs up on the modified theme :D took some work :D hehe but it paid off. Comment moderation is just for first comments :)

  • Hani Obaid

    I’ve seen all the Batman movies before this one, and Batman Begins was the first one worth watching. Although liked Spiderman 2 and 3. Yes they’re childish and unrealistic as most comic movies, but I think even this type of movie is enjoyable if you can suspend disbelief while watching it. If you’re constantly thinking (yeah right, that’s impossible), you won’t have fun.

    I’ve only been scared by 2 movies, a really old one called (The Car – 1977) and only because I was 6 when I watched it, and the second one silly as it may sound is the ring (not the sequel). I had nightmares for a while about that.

  • Hani Obaid

    I’ve seen all the Batman movies before this one, and Batman Begins was the first one worth watching. Although liked Spiderman 2 and 3. Yes they’re childish and unrealistic as most comic movies, but I think even this type of movie is enjoyable if you can suspend disbelief while watching it. If you’re constantly thinking (yeah right, that’s impossible), you won’t have fun.

    I’ve only been scared by 2 movies, a really old one called (The Car – 1977) and only because I was 6 when I watched it, and the second one silly as it may sound is the ring (not the sequel). I had nightmares for a while about that.

  • Anonymous

    Hani -
    I sympathize with you regarding the Ring. It took me a week and a half to be able to sleep and another week to gradually be able to turn off the lights. Let’s just say it was the only time in my life I had to turn off the laptop when I went to sleep and make sure the lid was down and locked LOL!

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Hani -
    I sympathize with you regarding the Ring. It took me a week and a half to be able to sleep and another week to gradually be able to turn off the lights. Let’s just say it was the only time in my life I had to turn off the laptop when I went to sleep and make sure the lid was down and locked LOL!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09022230406560230709 starwish

    I slept with the lights on after watching this movie (are sinister clowns the scariest thing or what!)

    I found it scarier than Japanese horror movies like The Ring.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09022230406560230709 starwish

    I slept with the lights on after watching this movie (are sinister clowns the scariest thing or what!)

    I found it scarier than Japanese horror movies like The Ring.

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    can’t wait to see it

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    can’t wait to see it

  • http://moeys.net/ Moey

    I watched it twice so far, it is disturbingly amazing :)

  • http://moeys.net Moey

    I watched it twice so far, it is disturbingly amazing :)

  • Anonymous

    starwish -
    LOOOOOOOOOL

    asoom -
    I can’t wait to see it again!

    Moey -
    It is an incredible degree of awesomeness :D

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    starwish -
    LOOOOOOOOOL

    asoom -
    I can’t wait to see it again!

    Moey -
    It is an incredible degree of awesomeness :D

  • http://www.alidahmash.blogspot.com/ Ali

    I saw the movie yesterday, it was just great. The scenes in Hong Kong were great and nothing and realy nothing beats the acting of Heath Ledger, too bad he is not alive to receive an award on his amazing performance.

  • http://www.alidahmash.blogspot.com Ali

    I saw the movie yesterday, it was just great. The scenes in Hong Kong were great and nothing and realy nothing beats the acting of Heath Ledger, too bad he is not alive to receive an award on his amazing performance.

  • Anonymous

    Ali –
    Yeah it was a great movie :) I am glad almost everyone liked it

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Ali –
    Yeah it was a great movie :) I am glad almost everyone liked it

  • http://soulblossom.wordpress.com/ Hala

    Oh man I cannot wait, Batman is a legend.

    Plus … Heath Ledger :love:

  • http://soulblossom.wordpress.com/ Hala

    Oh man I cannot wait, Batman is a legend.

    Plus … Heath Ledger :love:

  • http://moeys.net/ Moey

    I’ll watch it again on monday with friends :P

    Akh, Ledger.. I’d… If we only alive still!

  • http://moeys.net Moey

    I’ll watch it again on monday with friends :P

    Akh, Ledger.. I’d… If we only alive still!

  • Jim

    I thought it was a great movie too. Awesome Review! I usually dont let my 10 year old son watch PG-13 movies, but when I saw the movie I knew he had to see it. And of course he loved it! He said it was by far the best movie he has seen in his life! Who surprisingly was not scared! Thanks for the great review!

  • Jim

    I thought it was a great movie too. Awesome Review! I usually dont let my 10 year old son watch PG-13 movies, but when I saw the movie I knew he had to see it. And of course he loved it! He said it was by far the best movie he has seen in his life! Who surprisingly was not scared! Thanks for the great review!