Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight is not just a comic book adaption; it is way more than that. Any comparison to any other comic book adaptation is futile. Going into this movie I had quite high expectations considering Nolan's resume and how he re-envisioned Batman in Batman Begins, but color me impressed as all my expectations were surpassed. This movie not only entertained me, it also enlightened me. Few movies can actually change my life or inspire me and The Dark Knight did even more as it went as far as to touch my soul. This is not an exaggeration as the Dark Knight was a food for thought and a lesson in morality and ethics. The screenplay by David Goyer and Nolan is a remarkable achievement and is morally complicated and deals with many philosophical themes and ideas ranging from ethical dilemmas to the nature of evil. It fleshes those ideas in the form of its two main characters, the Batman and the Joker.
The real force behind this movie and the cause for all the dilemmas within is the character of the Joker (portrayed sinisterly by the late Heath Ledger). The Joker is the most villainous figure to ever grace the silver screen and even more so than Dr. Hannibal Lector. We are so used to having villains who commit crimes in order to get something out of it such as money, power, gratification.etc. Throughout the film it is evident that the Joker has absolutely no interest in obtaining anything. He is a very nihilistic character with a passion and desire to create chaos, spread mayhem and to destroy everything in his way; and he does it for no apparent reason. Add to that, he is not a sadist as he doesn't get any pleasure from his despicable actions. He is quite possibly the purest form of Evil we have ever witnessed in movies.
Batman, on the other hand, (portrayer brilliantly by Christian Bale), is the character that faces all those ethical dilemmas and sets a great example for devotion and self-sacrifice. First and foremost Batman doesn't have any super powers and thus he faces much more limitations than other superheroes. His limitations force him to make "ethical" decisions which impact his life and the lives of those around him. He can't save everyone and those he "chooses" to save he does so because it is the right thing to do and not because it makes him feel good or happy.
The Joker has chosen Batman as his adversary and he is the only person who knows how to push Batman's buttons. He understands that the only way to defeat a righteous character like Batman is to actually sink him to his level, and turn him from a hero into a villain. He believes that people are only as good as circumstances allow them to be. This is the true core of his psychological warfare with Batman and Harvey Dent and he tricks them and forces them to make impossible life and death choices and allow them to live with the guilt and consequences of their choices.
By the time we reach the end, the movie doesn't provide any real answers; but it does warn us that we have to tread carefully, as even the righteous people among us, are likely to lose their balance when faced with evil enemy who follows no rules at all.
Not to take out any fun from the movie, The Dark Knight is still a movie of action, of gadgets and of great performances by Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart. It is a truly remarkable and entertaining movie and is sure to be classified as a modern classic. Just do yourselves a favor and add this movie along with its predecessor (Batman Begins) to your collection.
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Director Christopher Nolan's sequel to his own 'Batman Begins' sees Gotham's avenging angel squaring-up to a new kid on the block - psychotic prankster, the Joker (Heath Ledger, in the role that won him a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor). In the space of a year, Batman (Christian Bale), aided by Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and new District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), has managed to rid Gotham's streets of the organised crime gangs that once ravaged the city. Things seem to be looking up, although on the personal front, Bruce Wayne discovers he has a rival in his affections for main squeeze Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in the shape of the new D.A., who, as a political climber, likes to keep his cards close to his chest. But just when the authorities think they're finally making progress in their fight against crime, the appearance on the streets of a sinister new figure, with a demented grin and a passion for chaos, causes panic among the good people of Gotham, and leads to a battle of wits between Batman and the Joker which threatens to get extremely personal.
Following on from Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale reunite for The Dark Knight. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and newly appointed District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker. Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene - Director Christopher Nolan and creative collaborators unmask the incredible detail and planning behind the film, including stunt staging, filming in IMAX®, and the new Bat-suit and Bat-pod. Batman Tech - The incredible gadgets and tools (in HD) Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of The Dark Knight - Delve into the psyche of Bruce Wayne and the world of Batman through real-world psychotherapy (in HD) Gotham Tonight - 6 episodes of Gotham Cable's premier news program The Galleries - The Joker cards, concept art, poster art, production stills, trailers and TV spots Actors Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Eric Roberts, Anthony Michael Hall, Nestor Carbonell, Melinda McGraw, Nathan Gamble & Michael Jai White Director Christopher Nolan Certificate 12 years and over Year 2008 Screen Widescreen 2.40:1 ; Widescreen 1.78:1 Languages English - Dolby True HD (5.1) Additional Languages Portugese ; Spanish ; French ; German ; Italian Subtitles Catalan ; Dutch ; English ; Spanish ; French ; German ; Italian ; Korean ; Portuguese ; Chinese ; Danish ; Norwegian ; Swedish ; Finnish