August 14, 2008

The Dark Knight: IMAX–style

TDK
Last night, I finally saw The Dark Knight at the Birmingham IMAX, and it was completely worth the wait. It was my first IMAX experience, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But from the opening scene I was sold: views from the top of tall buildings made you feel like you were up there, and chase scences practically gave me travel sickness! If anyone hasn’t done the IMAX thing before, I highly recommend it. My friends and I have already decided to see the new Harry Potter at Millennium Point when it comes out.

To the film itself. The hype surrounding the The Dark Knight made me a little worried that I would be disappointed, but my concerns were unfounded. It’s well-scripted, edgy, thrilling and packed with great performances – I went in a group of 14 people and all of us came out impressed. Something thing we all agreed on was Heath Ledger: he was the epitome of a mad comic book hero for all the right reasons. Frightening, compelling, laced with dark humour…it’s such a tragedy that he and his talent have been lost. There were differing opinions on Christian Bale, but I firmly wave the flag in his favour. In my humble opinion, his incarnation as Bruce Wayne/Batman is one of the best castings of recent times, and I think his screen presence is incredible…not to mention a voice and jawline that were made to play the caped crusader! Someone who was a bit of a surprise star for me was Aaron Eckhart. The Joker was an out-and-out insane psychopath, but I was actually more disturbed by the change of Eckhart’s Harvey Dent from hero of the people to a broken and revenge-filled madman. The best line of the film for me was The Joker’s assessment of this transformation:
“Madness is like gravity – all it takes is a little push.”

It’s all been mentioned before but I also liked the poignant messages regarding terrorism, civil liberties, the ‘Big Brother’ concept and the decency of society. And finally, I couldn’t help but smile at the casting of a number of British actors – not just Christian Bale and Gary Oldman, but some of the smaller parts too. All in all, I found The Dark Knight to be a summer superhero blockbuster that truly hits the mark. Bravo Christopher Nolan – bring on the next instalment!

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