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25 July 2008 @ 08:16 am
The Dark Knight  
Saw The Dark Knight last night. It was excellent, but I can't quite bring myself to rave about it. I definitely admired how episodic the story was, very much like you were reading the comic book issue by issue. But perhaps there were one or two too many episodes, because it was feeling a little long to me by the end.

Heath Ledger as the Joker was--as everyone has declared--a revelation, although I think the great Gary Oldman did just as amazing of a job. If not better. Christian Bale was trickier for me this time around. Maybe it's because he had to share the screen time with so many other people, but I thought his Batman performance was weaker than in the previous film. His Bruce Wayne, on the other hand, was sensational.

Unfortunately, I thought Maggie Gyllenhaal, whom I love in most films, gave just as weak of a performance as Katie Holmes. Maybe it's just the way they write that character, but I felt very little from her. Aaron Eckhart did his usual competent work as Harvey Dent.

ETA: Oh, if Nestor Carbonell is mayor in the next movie, could we give him less eye makeup? Dude's eyes cannot really look like that.

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Professor Mortis: Dr.Timprofessormortis on July 25th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
I thought Eckhart was great as Dent; I'm not as sure about Two-Face but he was (no pun intended) working with a big handicap (and they didn't give Two-Face enough to do, I thought-I wonder if it would've been better if they had Two-Face doing the Joker's ferry scheme while the Joker was just in jail after the first capture). I agree about Oldman, though-the guy is always great to watch and here he's a joy as Gordon-I think he easily outshone everyone else in the film. I also agree about Bale-I like him a lot but the movie really belonged to other people and I feel like he's a little too uncomfortable under his own skin sometimes.

All that being said I still loved the hell out of it.
Pallaspallasathene8 on July 25th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Heh. I'd forgotten about the mayor's eyeliner. I was wondering myself why they put it on him so thick. It made him remind me of Daron Malkian of System of a Down. :P
Professor Mortis: Timprofessormortis on July 25th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
But in every role I've ever seen him in he has that...it's kinda spooky!
doNUT!donutgirl on July 25th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
I love boys in eyeliner, but even I was like, what's up with that?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green tikiassmonkeydiary on July 25th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, totally. If they'd pulled Scarecrow's mask off and Cillian Murphy had eyes like that, it would be awesome. But on the Mayor... a little odd.
doNUT!donutgirl on July 25th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Seriously, don't get me started on Cillian Murphy's eyes. You will regret it.
Uniquely Marredbuddhamonkey on July 26th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Interesting -- I thought just the opposite about Christian Bale. As Bruce Wayne he just didn't have as much to do this time out, but I thought he was much more believable in the batsuit. Especially in those scenes opposite the Joker.

And I can see why a lot of people feel it was too long -- I even thought at some point that I wished I could've taken it in in comic-sized chunks -- but really, what would you cut?
ext_83464 on August 28th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
i still wish Katie Holmes had stayed on board as Rachel Dawes for the Dark Knight; it was like the time spent getting familiar with her character in Batman Begins was wasted...