Dark [k]night

17 07 2008

“I’m a dog chasing cars, I wouldn’t know what to do with one of them if I caught it.” The Joker.

Sensational, grandly sinister and not for the kids, “The Dark Knight” elevates pulp to a very high level. There’s no doubting the limelight will be on the late Heath Ledger, burning brightly as he embodies an icon. Dig out the thesaurus and run through the superlatives: chilling, gleeful, genius… It’s a masterpiece of a performance.Ledger, who died in January at 28 of an accidental prescription-drug overdose, is magnificent. Echoing the sly psychopathy and scary singsong voice of Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Ledger!), Ledger carries in him the deranged threat of a punk star like Sid Vicious, whom he supposedly took as one of the models for his character.

I love her character. It’s so twisted, mind boggling and surely this is no method maniac, asking or telling anyone about his character’s motivation. He predicts, plan’s and execute gracefully. Nineteen years ago Jack Nicholson’s Joker won a lot of the credit for the popularity of director Tim Burton’s “Batman.” In contrast to that stylish but uneven picture, one of the splendid things about “The Dark Knight” is its refusal to squander its villain. We think Ledger has great chance of winning an Oscar this time.

Being young, I however despise Maggie Gyllenhaal as part of this movie. I think she is just too old and are not soother enough for the character thus making the transformation comes at a narrative cost. I am not fond with Christian Bale’s [Bruce Wayne] voice, which seems to be trying too hard and the whole plot seems unreal to me. I was waiting and hoping that Batman would reveal Joker’s identity, tell people who he really was, he has DNA, everyone does, including DSAI. I’m a bit dissappointed in that sense. There’s a sweep and spaciousness to the imagery here, and even a simple chase sequence. This is a true ensemble piece, and you can’t say that of most $180 million franchise products. Ledger’s scenes are few, carefully considered, often startlingly brutal (one scene, over in an eye-blink, involves a disappearing pencil trick and a man’s skull) and freakishly effective. It was an OK movie for me, won’t watch it twice.

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Ted Baker

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4 responses

18 07 2008
axim

great movie,i can tell!!!baru jer tengok semalam..

18 07 2008
areps

tetappppp.. everyone has DNA katooo..
Menang oscar. I amik on behalf lah.. Voley.???

18 07 2008
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18 07 2008
love-n-hate

spoiler… spoiler..

will watch it later… 🙂 winkwink

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