Monday, 28 July 2008

SC Movie Review 20

Batman: The Dark Knight.

I’ve been waiting to see this film for ages, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s the biggest film that out this summer, and it could have been bad, usually movie houses tend to destroy franchises by trying to make them appeal to a wider audience do bring in extra cash this results in mass dumbing down.

The first ‘new’ Batman was very good, nice and dark with plenty of action and a good story line. The new Batman continued where it left off with a great bank robbery scene, only Heat has bettered that.

I’m not going to go on about all the various parts of the film , if you like Batman and that sort of thing then go and see it you won’t be disappointed. I have a couple of gripes / questions though.

Can anyone tell me why the Sandman was there at the start?

I felt the whole mobile phone sonar set up was silly and added 20 minutes of unnecessary film length. The bullet reassembling to get the finger print was verging on the ridiculous. It reminded me of why I stopped watching James Bond. An invisible car, I mean come on…! People’s imaginations can only be stretched so far. At least make it vaguely possible.

April was disappointed that she didn’t feel more remorse about the girl dying but hey the girls are usually there for eye candy. I’m sure there’ll be a new one in the next film.

Another thing that annoyed me was not the film, it was a review on, it said to ignore the hype about Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker, the real candidate for the Oscar should be Christian Bale. Did they watch the same film? Bale was fine, he’s a good actor but there’s no sense that he actually had to try in order to play Batman.. The Joker was excellent. Not having seen many other potential Oscar winning performances yet this year (Waiting for Ben Stiller in Tropical Thunder) I think it’s a bit too soon to tell.

Other than that great film.

IMdb Rating 9.4 (146,940 votes)
SC Rating: 7.8 (1 Vote)
April Rating 8.2 (1 Vote)

As an interesting side note, I now know what sort of person buys nachos when they go to the cinema. Aging electronic rockers… Gary Numan was in the queue in front of us when we were waiting to get ripped off for ice cream and a drink. He eventually sat a couple of rows behind us.


  1. The Scarecrow wasn't actually in the film - it took me a few moments to realise what was going on there, but it was supposed to be one of the vigilantes disguised as him so they could set up a drug deal with the mobsters. When the the real Batman turns up to save them all after it goes bad, he's sitting with the guys dressed in fake Batman outfits as he's part of that group.

    I agree that some of the tech stuff seemed a bit far-fetched, but I think it was to try to illustrate that Batman is about using detective work (albeit backed by very high-tech equipment) as much as he's about beating up bad guys.

    Overall I thought it was excellent, and probably a 9/10.

  2. Ah, I get it now. Makes sense.

    I'd rather they made him more like Columbo to show his detective work.

    "Ah, just one more thing...", right before he punched the Joker in the face.