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July 23, 2008

Dark Knight was good

I guess everyone must have seen this movie by now. The Dark Knight, by Chris Nolan, is a huge success. It has broken almost every box-office record know to man already.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Batman movie. Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker is as good as it gets. However, some credit must also go to the script writers. This character is complex and brilliant and crazy, and it's marvelous to watch.

Another thing I like about the movie is that very few special effects are made with computers. Nolan likes to do it the good old fashioned way, and kudos to him for taking that approach. The fight scenes in this movie aren't quite as impressive looking as some other movies I've seen, but they feel more real, because they are. The car scenes and the stuff that blows up are right on the spot - big, impressive, loud and realistic.

It's a long movie, but I didn't even notice. The movie had me captured the whole time and there are many twists and interesting turns of the story. It is a good story, and it's not a Cinderella story either. No, this movie touches on some bigger questions, and that is also impressive to see, since so many movie productions these days are focusing on the visual effects, while forgetting about substance.

The actors are all very good. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, etc - these are all VERY good actors in my book. It is a joy to watch them all in this movie.

Batman's voice is a bit silly though, don't you think? It does make sense he speaks differently in order to avoid revealing his identity, but I couldn't help smiling when he was trying to "speak tough", so to speak... oh well, not a big complaint, in any case.

I personally get a little tired of all the talk about Ledger being awarded the Oscar statue when the time comes for the Academy Awards. Let's enjoy the movie and not worry about awards just yet. I also think that this talk is fueled by the fact that Ledger died not that long ago. I bet the Oscar talk would be less emphasized, had he been alive today. Don't get me wrong though; he might very will win this award, and his performance is nothing but amazing. It is really too bad he had to go at the age of 28.

It is also interesting to see that hardly any critics have had anything negative to say about it. That is unusual. There have always been quite a few critics that don't like these types of movies, but this time there were not many who spoke up against the Dark Knight. That points to the fact that this movie is indeed worth watching.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on July 23, 2008

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