18 July 2008

The Dark Knight

I saw The Dark Knight a few hours ago.

I usually watch movies on weekends, but this was a treat from fellow doctor Em Dy. You see, I won her superhero contest last week. It turns out that the screening was a fund-raiser sponsored by the Department of Medicine of Medical City.

Without meaning to spill out some spoilers (if I do spill some, you have to forgive me!), here are my thoughts on the movie:
  1. The Dark Knight is NOT for everyone - if you like your Batman as a simple caped crusader who goes on routine patrol capturing bad guys and moves on with a story that always ends happily, then, you won't like this movie at all.
  2. Frank Miller started the 'darkness' - yes, he's the same guy behind Sin City and 300. If you saw those movies, you know this man always injects a gamut of psychological pathologies into his characters. He is responsible for transforming Batman from a simple cartoon to a hero with weaknesses and insecurities. His villains are always crazier and full of intensity.
  3. Heath Ledger was perfect as the Joker - darker than the Dark Knight himself, and perhaps the darkest character in the film, he portrayed a Joker who was light years away from the previous Jokers played by Cesar Romero and Jack Nicholson. He was not some petty criminal with simple lust for money and power; he was evil personified because all he cared about was destroying order by promoting utter chaos.

  4. Heath Ledger's Joker was the life of this movie - remove him and even with Two-Face, the Scarecrow, and Batman, the movie will collapse for lack of substance. He ran the extra mile to show everyone that he, and he alone, deserved to be Batman's soulmate. The 'you-complete-me' dialogue was mushy but it drove home his point.

  5. Batman on top of the IFC Tower - Superb! I never thought this would happen. Batman in Central, Hong Kong? On top of the IFC Tower? I thought he'd never ever leave his fictional Gotham City.

  6. Two-Face Harvey Dent - I never understood why they killed him when they can still use him in future film series.

  7. Who will be the next villain? - Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Bane, and Killer Croc will be very good candidates. I am not too keen on the Penguin and the others.

Ok, that's enough. Go and watch the movie. It is quite lengthy and nearly 3 hours long. Eat first, or bring some popcorn inside, so you won't get hungry.

As an added bonus, the Star Wars: Clone Wars' trailer is shown before Dark Knight begins.
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