Friday, August 01, 2008

The Dark Knight

Monday I went to see the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight. This version of Batman was a dark, disturbing and more violent telling of the story, which transcended its comic book roots. Christian Bale was well cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman. He has the right look to play the character and in this movie has a more serious demeanor. The Joker, played by the late Heath Ledger stole the show. He played the psychopathic, sadistic, and sinister Joker with a manic intensity, which made him a truly menacing figure. It was a powerful performance. Jack Nicholson's Joker in Batman, though putting on a fine performance was comically evil, and not as complex a character. It was an action-packed, special effects-laden film, but the real srength of the film was its deep, psychological dimension which drew me into the story.