Sunday, March 21, 2010
FILM #7: 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
Undoubtedly the best comic book adaptation ever and forever immortalized Heath Ledger as the sadistic Joker. Don't be fooled though that his masterful performance is the only brilliant thing about the film. Critics have raved about it because of Christopher Nolan's impeccable direction of this moralistic tale. The peformances are uniformly great: Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent (aka Two-face) is an underrated yet sublime performance. Whereas previous Batman films were merely comedic and not too designed towards real menace,Dent is allowed to violently transform by loss then rage into the very monster he sets out to rid Gotham City of. Gary Oldman loses himself as Commissioner Gordon, a man who sacrifices much and often to meager returns. Then there is Ledger of course, as the Joker, a cautionary reference about what can go so very wrong in a non-caring society. A deserving Oscar winning role for a timeless performance and a great film that shows that comic adaptation can work just as well as anything else out there.