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Dark Knight
Reviewed by RevolutionSF, © 2008

Format: Movie
By:   Christopher Nolan (director)
Genre:   Superhero movie
Review Date:   July 22, 2008
Audience Rating:   PG-13

A gaggle of short reviews of Dark Knight, because the movie just plain wore us out.

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Didn't enjoy it. Instead found it uncomfortable, brutal. and intense, but above all it was compelling. I need to see it again. -- Alan J. Porter

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Wow. I predict this movie makes a mind boggling amount of money. -- KaosDevice

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Holy crap.

For a while, I was cheering for Two Face.

It's been an excellent summer. -- Dharma Bum

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I kept trying to find any hint of what I traditionally think of as "Heath Ledger" in Ledger's performance, but it just wasn't there. He was the Joker, no one else, and a damned scary Joker at that. No spoilers, but the scene where he first introduced himself to the mob guys was priceless. And that's the most frightening design for Two-Face I have ever seen. -- Napalm Chicken

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I think I may have believed the hype a bit too much. It's a pretty good movie (and I'd be an asshole to expect better than that, since so many comic book adaptations are horrible), but not as great as I'd imagined from what I was hearing. Bale's bat-growl is getting a little tiresome. It works with some lines, but not others. -- MntlWard

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I saw Dark Knight twice this weekend, a rare thing for me to do in such a short time, and the second viewing was planned pretty much immediately after the first, as I walked on the street to a bar at which I'd be discussing the movie for the next hour.

It is brutal and chaotic and incredible but has a patina of hope thrown in there at the end. That structure reminds me of one of my favorite movies of the last few years, Children of Men, which is always a good comparison.

You can poke and prod at the mortar of the plot, but not enough to pull out any bricks. But, any of the criticisms that can be leveled at the plot are well made up for by the quadrangle of the Joker, Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Batman, and Gordon.

Which brings us to The Joker. Who was actually terrifying to me because of his awesome unpredictability. "Let me show you a magic trick," set the stakes of his behavior for the audience. That was the first of a number of audible "Oh, DAMN" moments in both of the screenings I saw.

It's the template for all of his actions: uncompromising, unflinching and psychotic. Heath Ledger cannot get enough praise.

At his entrance at the meeting of the criminals, his off-rhythm laughter made my whole body clench in reaction to its disturbing inhumanity. And his standoff with Dent later in the movie, with the gun to his head, willing to die just to corrupt . . . whew. Rough stuff and excellent. -- Navin Vembar

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