Why So Serious?: Note on Batman: The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Batman: The Dark Knight

This movie got mixed reviews from my friends. Some say it is unbelievably good, others think it is plain boring. I went to check it out myself, and I must say it is okay. Not as good as I’ve expected, but it is surely worth-watching especially if you consider the fact that it’s Heath Ledger’s last movie. I don’t know whether they planned it from the start or they flipped the plot and the editing after Ledger’s death, this movie’s mojo is Joker’s character (played brilliantly by Heath Ledger). It is a smart move, I must say, as people are eager to know the role of Joker who led Ledger to his untimely death. As reported, Ledger was locking himself for a month to be able to get into the dark side of Joker. This had taken its toll on him, stress and depression made him unable to sleep. In one attempt to get some rest, he took several medications and never woke up.

Batman: The Dark Knight is directed by Christopher Nolan, who also directed its prequel Batman Begins. It starred Christian Bale who reprises the role as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The movie also featured Michael Caine (as Alfred Pennyworth), Gary Oldman (James Gordon), Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), and Maggie Gyllenhaal who now replaced Katie Holmes for the role of Rachel Dawes.

The film begins with the Joker robbing a mob-owned bank with several other accomplices, whom he tricks into killing each other. Batman and Lieutenant James Gordon contemplate including new district attorney Harvey Dent in their plan to eradicate the mob, as he could be the public hero Batman cannot be. Bruce discovers that Harvey Dent is dating Rachel Dawes (his childhood friend slash the woman he loves). Mob bosses meet to discuss Batman, Gordon, and Dent, while a Chinese mobster accountant, Lau, informs the gang leaders he has taken their money to Hong Kong to preempt a plan that Dent hatches to seize the mobsters’ loot. The Joker arrives unexpectedly, offering to kill Batman for half their money.

When Batman successfully abducts Lau in Hong Kong and delivers him to the Gotham City police, the mobsters agree to hire the Joker. The Joker tells all of Gotham that if Batman does not turn himself in to the police, people will die each day. When the Joker begins killing public officials, including Commissioner Loeb and the judge presiding over the mob trials, Wayne decides to turn himself in. Before he can do so, Dent announces that he is Batman, to draw the Joker out of hiding. The Joker attempts to kill Dent, but Gordon and Batman intervene and arrest him.

Until this point, it looked like we have a perfectly happy ending. But it ain’t over till the fat lady sings! But I’m not gonna spoil your fun by telling you the ending 🙂 What I can assure you is, this is not a regular superhero movie when you can easily tell the bad guys from good guys and get the flawless happy ending. Well, who cares… Why so serious? 😉


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. movie buff
    Aug 29, 2008 @ 05:29:25

    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…


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