The Dark Knight (2008) Mini-Review

As Gothams new white knight — Harvey Dent — fights crime in the courts, Gothams Dark Knight fights it in its underbelly. As the level of violence escalates, the psychotic masked Joker unveils his schemes for the establishment of a new type of criminal.

The Dark Knight is clearly a 5 star movie. The cinematography, the production value and Ledgers Joker alone earns home those stars. However, The Dark Knight is not without its flaws. For one thing, at three hours, the film is plainly too long; not just for physiological reasons, but because it suffers from the same problems many other films of late do. Too many stories being told at once, none of them being told sufficiently.

Worth mentioning is that the soundtrack, which builds upon the rather uninspired score for the first one, is far better this time. It’s not nearly as good as Elfmans outstanding Batman (1988) score, but compared to nearly all recent movies it stands tall.

Point of note: personally I find it a real pity that Maggie Gyllenhaal didn’t play Rachel Dawes in the first one. She does a much better job than Katie Holmes did. Still, recasting such a major character is irritating.

On the bottom line, The Dark Knight is an excellent but flawed movie. It does seem to do well at the box office and deservedly so. In the end I’d much prefer it to reign the charts over Titanic.

4 thoughts on “The Dark Knight (2008) Mini-Review”

  1. adam says:

    I’ll have to look into the soundtrack. I have absolutely no aural memories from either this movie or the first. Elfman’s soundtracks from the 80’s and 90’s are amazing.

  2. Joen says:

    You can hear a few nerfed snippets here (but careful, the titles are spoilerful):

    http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Knight-Hans-Zimmer/dp/B0017I1FP8

    Tracks of note: 10, 12

  3. 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…

  4. adam says:

    No way! Katie holmes was decent enough, but Maggie Gyllenhaal is way more talented, and built much more depth into Holmes’ Dawes.

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