Monday, July 21, 2008

The Dark Knight Kicked My Ass


So, because I am a lover of all things geeky and comic-booky, I ran out by myself Sunday morning and caught the new Batman movie.

Would anyone think I’m gay if I were to say that it was “Bat-tastic?”

I saw the 9 AM show, for gosh sakes, and the place was almost completely full! What’s the matter with people? Don’t you all have lives? On a Sunday Morning? What happened to going to church and having a day of rest? I thought I was going to be the only heathen in the place at that hour, but apparently 500 other heathens had the same idea.

Anyway, It’s a good movie. A VERY good movie. Director Christopher Nolan is really doing the Batman mythos “right”. This is how Batman really should be done. If he does a few more movies of this quality, I will ALMOST be able to purge my mind of the memory of that abysmal George Clooney Batman abomination.

Christian Bale is cool and on-target as Batman, but he’s almost a supporting character to Heath Ledger’s Joker. It’s almost become cliché now to say “Health Ledger is really good in this film”, but it’s the truth. He came off as manic, funny, and terrifying every time he was on the screen. Ledger’s Joker could very well go down in film history as a villain on par with Hannibal Lecter.

It’s no secret that everyone will be talking about Health Ledger’s performance, but for me the biggest surprise was just how good Aaron Eckhart was as Two-Face. I’ve always loved Eckhart’s work since he played such a good evil bastard in In The Company Of Men, but I think that his portrayal here as tragic figure Harvey Dent, who is transformed into the villan Two-Face, is really going to start getting him finally noticed as a major actor in Hollywood.

So, that is my official review. Go see this movie. And if you are into comic books at all, RUN to see this movie.

Why are you still reading this? Run!

p.s. Yeah, I know. While I was in the process of putting up a bunch of old archived posts this weekend, I accidentally left the rss feed on, so those of you who are subscribed to me got a shitload of posts from me this weekend. Sorry about that. I’d like to promise that it will never happen again, but c’mon… this is ME here. We all know it WILL.

35 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

I've hated Aaron Eckhart since In the Company of Men (FYI...you spelled Company wrong). I can't really stand him in anything.

Slyde said...

really? why? i thought you were with me on that movie...

Cuz said...

ahh, i knew you'd go see it. i couldn't get in (sold out) an am NOT getting up early to see the movie...LOL

but i did see Hancock. i liked it alot.

Paige Stanton said...

Will you hate me if I tell you I haven't seen any of the other Batman movies? Not one. But I want to, just haven't done it yet. Would you suggest an order that I should watch them in? While I'm confessing, I haven't seen any Star Wars movies either. *blusing sheepishly* Sorry.

Slyde said...

cuz: hancock will probably be my next film.... either that or (ug) space chimps.

Paige: no, i wont hate you, but i'm now not too sure we should sleep together anymore. No Star wars either? ouch.

In terms of order....i would say your best bet would be to start with the latest 2... batman begins and the current dark knight.

if you dont like them, then i'd just stop there, but if you are craving more, then i'd go see the original 4. They get worse and worse so as soon as you start hating one, stop there.

Artful Kisser said...

I wish I had seen this on the weekend. And Aaron Eckhart completely shook my foundations when I saw In The Company of Men as a fairly green 24 year old. He played the perfect arsehole. Such a good actor.

honeywine said...

Heath looks really into that role. Have you seen the Walmart posters of him? I personally think they are in very poor taste. There's one with a close up of him and Hell written in blood.

Anndi said...

I'm going to try and sneak out to the theater when Chicklet spends the weekend with her Dad.

I LOVE BATMAN!

There, I said it. Yup, I'M a geek.

( . )( . ) said...

I havent seen this movie yet but have heard so much about it and am dying to go. I have to confess I havent even seen the first one. I dont go to the movies often at all or watch any TV at home so never really had a chance to watch it. Maybe I should!

teeni said...

I loved the movie too. But I wish someone would admit that it is NOT a kids' movie. I'm tired of hearing all the people with kids complain. The graphic novels are NOT for kids and this movie is really not for kids under say 8 to 10 depending on maturity level. The Joker is not a funny Joker like on the TV show and the whole movie is rather dark, the way it should be. So people shouldn't expect the younger kids to like it and they may even be afraid of it. It's not a General Audience type superhero movie like Superman. Am I wrong?

Letty Cruz said...

I'm not big on comic themes, but this movie is truly great, as in it better garner a dozen Oscars or the Oscars have jumped the shark once and for all.

Also, very happy for Christian Bale, who like Daniel Craig, are actors FIRST and celebrities second. I'm sick of the Tom Cruises and Brad Pitts. Looks like the tide is finally turning against the mega-famewhores.

Letty Cruz said...

& Heath Ledger: May he rest in peace and come back hotter and stronger than ever (yes, I believe in reincarnation!).

Letty Cruz said...

& Teeni: No, you're not wrong. And THANK YOU: I'm also tired of marketing people being so afraid of admitting that often fantasy or sci-fi movies are only for adults. It seems the horror genre is the only one "approved" for the adults-only fantasy stamp. IMO, Star Trek -- even the 60's original -- was an adult show first and foremost, but the later iterations were dressed up with "family-friendly" (a.k.a. "please don't call a boycott on us, Focus on the Family and every other censoring group"). YUCK, I could rant about this for hours :/

Which reminds me, it took some big balls to greenlight Deep Space Nine -- that was some dark grown-up hotness, too bad they chickened out some there, too.

...why YES, I AM just a weeee bit of a Trekkie -- BUT NOT the conventioneer kind!

2abes said...

i'm on my way ebert...

sweets said...

batman schmatman... i'll see it when it's out on dvd :)

Cuz said...

oh no, NOT space chimps........LOL
it was playing at the theater where i saw Hancock and they were giving out little chimp masks. so cute...LOL

elizabeth said...

"Would anyone think I’m gay if I were to say that it was “Bat-tastic"

Oh Slyde. LMAO.

I'll see it though. Cuz you told me too ;-)

Slyde said...

kisser: i cant beleive you are an eckhart fan too! you just went up 2 notches in my book

honey: i havent seen those posters, but i agree.. they sound to be in poor taste to me too.

anndi: dont be embarrassed. embrace your inner geekness!

Slyde said...

(.)(.): yeah, you kinda SHOULD see at least the first one. You dont need to, but i think it explains batmans origins pretty well

letty: i agree with you about bale. And as for the tone of the movie, a friend of mine asked me if he should take his 5 and 7 year olds to it, and i told him no... its just too dark.

2abes: at this point, i think id rather be ebert than siskel (bad joke)

Slyde said...

sweets: dvd? No way, sister! go now!

cuz: really? man i hope they are still giving them out when i take joey.

liz: see? now you DO think im gay!

Whiskey Tits said...

saw the movie last night. it was rockin' ass. i was a little stoned too (i got really into listening to sabbath and burning one). made that ranch seasoned popcorn taste delicious. what was the movie about again?


just kidding, dark knight was some serious badassery.

Cuz said...

For real, they had cute litte chimp masks... adorable!

Letty Cruz said...

P.S. Number 12 hundred: thanks for the blogroll add -- AND for the reminder to add you on my blogroll 'cause I subscribed you to my Google reader but hadn't added you yet to my blogroll -- a'ight, backing away from the keyboard now ;)

Slyde said...

whiskey: Man, you know how long its been since i saw a movie stoned? too damn long, thats how long...

cuz: maybe ill be lucky and get one

letty: lol! dont be silly... you're always welcome :)

lotus07 said...

Bat-tastic????...yeah, you're gay.....flaming gay as a matter of fact.

I pretty made a vow that I would no longer see any films based on comic book characters after 1995. I haven't found it a difficult vow to break.

Bina said...

Haven't had a chance yet, but I can not WAIT to see it!! Glad to hear it's going to be well worth it!

Slyde said...

lotus: im trying to remember what crappy comic book movie came out in 1995?

bina: yeah, you wont be dissapointed

Tamara said...

It's Christopher Nolan that makes the magic. He is the most awesome director. Just look at Momentum.

Also... Batman is the best superhero (in my opinion) because he is just a dude that makes good use of fight techniques and new technology. He hasn't been bitten my a bloody radioactive spider, fallen from another planet or been born with superhuman strength.

Lemur said...

I saw the movie Friday nite - 10:30pm. Didn't blow me away like - The Matrix - for example; but still a damned fine movie.

I actually made the comparison of Ledger to Hopkins after the movie, so I'm with you on that.

I gravitate towards darker fare; and this was more than just 'action.'

I don't love the fact that Bale NOTABLY lowers his voice to such a rasp when he's Batman - that's actually quite annoying. I like Bale a great deal as Bruce Wayne tho.

Re: Hancock - save your $$$$. The first half is pretty good; but then, it spoofs itself (unintentionally) - and finally, decides to embrace the worst parts of all movies released in the last decade. Very disappointing.

Slyde said...

tamara: i agree 100 percent about Nolan. His stock has been steadily rising in my book

Lemur: i agree with you pretty much completely.. i prefer the darker fare as well.

As for handcock, that is dissapointing as i have still been hoping to see it. I have heard some polar opposite reviews from people, im not sure what to make of it.

limpy99 said...

I took my 10 year old to see it, because I'm a terrible parent. Probably a little long for kids. Also, I can't get past the fact that Batman didn't at least put a couple of bullets in the Joker's legs when the latter is standing in front of the Batcycle.

But it's far and away the best superhero movie I've seen. And after Ledger's Jokers no one should try to play that character again, ever.

Slyde said...

limpy: i agree, although i DO seem to remember saying the same thing 15 years ago after seeing Jack Nicholson's turn as the joker, so who knows WHAT will stand the test of time...

patrick said...

kudos to the makers Dark Knight for their record breaking opening weekend... it's no wonder there's talk of another one coming out ASAP

Slyde said...

Patrick: Welcome! p.s. people, i just read patricks review of dark knight over on his site, and it really is outstanding.. check it out!

Jaccstev said...

I found it as one of the best films coming out this year. Nolan and Ledger really bring a masterpiece definition to the story especially on Joker's character.