The Dark Knight - Grading & Discussion

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Agent Richard07, Jul 8, 2008.

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Grade the movie...

  1. Excellent

    79.4%
  2. Above Average

    13.5%
  3. Average

    5.0%
  4. Below Average

    0.6%
  5. Poor

    1.5%
  1. Emh

    Emh The Doctor Premium Member

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    No, Harley wasn't suppose to be in The Dark Knight. Some fans (myself included, I admit) had hoped she would appear, but in a minor role. I don't mind she wasn't in it.

    However, I did have one thought: Perhaps she can be a secondary character in the next film, taking up The Joker's position out of her crazy love for him.

    I'm glad to see another person agrees with me about the importance of Gordon's story. There hasn't been much talk about that so far in this thread.
     
  2. Othello

    Othello Commodore Commodore

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    Enjoyed everything about the movie except Maggie Gyllenhall. That woman is NOT very good looking at all and not all that as an actress. I would much preferred to see Katie Holmes back. Other than that an excellent movie. :techman:
     
  3. Lapis Exilis

    Lapis Exilis Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    No kidding - neither has Batman's story, and to me both were far more powerful than either of the villains tales, even if the performances were tighter and much more interior. Oldman was amazing in this role, rock solid, at last the Jim Gordon that's always been needed in the movies and never before seen. He so wonderfully embodies the quiet hero - I love his line to Dent early on about how he "Doesn't get political points for idealism. I have to do the best I can with what I've got." His scene with Berg in the car, with his family as they're threatened by Two-Face, his fierce protectiveness of Batman in the beginning and the way he challenges him at the end - he was masterful.
     
  4. sidious618

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    I agree, I think Gary Oldman and Christian Bale gave the best performances in two very difficult roles. Ledger was great but I do feel that he is overshadowing the others a bit.
     
  5. DarthPipes

    DarthPipes Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Batman's story is compelling but I thought Dent's was more so. His character starts off as a flawed man but one determined to make a difference in Gotham. As he becomes bolder, he slowly begins to unravel until his disfigurement when he snaps completely. I was surprised with how the movie really focused on him throughout.

    BTW, anyone waiting for Ledger to tell Maggie Gyellnhaal that she wasn't as hot as her brother? ;)
     
  6. PsychoPere

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    For 1), when Gordon asks him which person he's going after, Batman responds "Rachel."

    For 2), there was no hesitation on his part, but I'd say that's to be expected from the character. The person at that location may not have been who Batman was intending to save, but there's still the need to act nonetheless.

    Don't forget the way he appears torn inside as he yells that he has to save Harvey. Even before Dent takes his family and Gordon sees Harvey's psychosis, he knows he's failed Harvey and he can't take it. In a film with so many powerful performances, I think Oldman's was my personal favorite.
     
  7. steveman

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    Didn't say that it got applause. Just said that people were shocked. I think I'd have been a little worried if people applauded that.

    Anyway, after seeing the movie for a second time last night, I think the moment of the film that gets the most laughter is undoubtedly the scene where the Joker sits down in Dent/Two-Face's hospital room and just goes:

    "Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii"

    The delivery alone was priceless. :lol:
     
  8. DarthPipes

    DarthPipes Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Was that line "You complete me!" That got a lot of laughs with the audience I said.

    Probably the most interesting thing Ledger's Joker says to Batman is "me and you can do this forever." We know that won't be the case.

    The part with Joker in the nurse's uniform had the audience rolling.
     
  9. Emh

    Emh The Doctor Premium Member

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    True, but in the general Batman universe, that's very much the case. The line goes both ways.
     
  10. steveman

    steveman Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Saw it a second time last night and made it a point to focus in on Dent's body for any signs of life -- movement, breathing, etc.

    And I didn't see a thing. I think he's really gone.
     
  11. Yup, that's what it was. Remember earlier in interrogation, Joker was taunting Batman about how he cares for Rachel referring to when he went diving out the window to save her. So he told Batman it was rachel, he went there, and Rachel ended up getting killed in the other location.
     
  12. Johnny Rico

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    All I wanna know from those who have seen it is, Does the Bat suit have nipples???
     
  13. Brolan

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    No.
     
  14. steveman

    steveman Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Another thing I made a point to look for during my second viewing were subtle clues that might lead us to possible characters appearing in the next film.

    Begins certainly gave us that, what with the Joker card at the end and Bruce's line about having "Two-faced friends."

    What stuck out to me in this movie was Lucius' line about how the new Batsuit would stand up well against cats -- and, hell, maybe the conspicious use of the word "catastrophic" when the Batmobile blows up meant something, too.

    (Hey, with these guys, you never know!) At any rate, Lucius' line was good...

    Also, as other people have said, I was getting some Bane vibes from that prisoner on the ferry as well.

    Anyway, I can certainly see Selina Kyle being in the next picture. After all, the picture needs a love interest. It's Hollywood. There's always a love interest.


    (Edit: Just saw a quote by David Goyer (given prior to the release of TDK) on Wikipedia stating that TPTB would prefer to use antagonists from the comics who have not yet appeared on the big screen as villians for future movies. Supposedly, he ruled out using Catwoman and The Penguin.

    Meh. Not so sure that will stand true. You have to think the film will have a love interest and Selina Kyle would be great...)
     
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  15. TheBrew

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    I recall that he said "Rachel" as well, but that might have been an order for Gordon to get her. When Batman comes upon Harvey he doesn't act surprised, but goes straight for him. I think he intended to got after Dent the whole time.

    Gordon was great in this movie. Probably my best portrayal of him since "The Killing Joke" and Gary Oldman gets major props. He seriously rocks the mustache.

    I just wish they had shown Leob to be corrupt. It would make Gordon's appointment as commish a lot more powerful.
     
  16. OdoWanKenobi

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    The scene went something like this:

    Gordon: Who are you going after?
    Batman: Rachael!
    Gordon: Alright, we'll get Dent.

    It was pretty clear that the Joker switched the locations around. It's a cruel thing and very much a Joker thing to do.
     
  17. TheLonelySquire

    TheLonelySquire Vice Admiral

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    Hey guys,

    Based on your recommendations I will certainly see this film or get in on BluRay. I really never thought much of the previous films but Batman was my favorite as a kid. I have one of the giant sized reprints of the #1 issue too.

    I'm just shocked you guys think it was so great. now I have to see it.

    Thanks.
     
  18. DarthPipes

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  19. Cyke101

    Cyke101 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Heh, this is in no way to criticize your post, but I think it's a bit telling of the movie's impact when people go, "Bah! This movie isn't as good as I hoped for! It's only a B PLUS!!!" :)

    Anyway, I'm giving this movie the highest score I can think of. My only complaints:
    no scenes of the Joker interacting with Alfred and/or Lucious, as both of them are very wise indeed, and... *sigh* the Batmobile, may you RIP.

    By the way, let me say that, last year, I was one of those naysayers who doubted Heath Ledger would succeed in this role. By God, was I ever wrong. I've rarely been so pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong than with that performance.

    Also, thank God for Gordon. I look back at the Burton/Schumacher films and see how criminally underused Gordon was there. This time around, he's kickin' ass and takin' names! Whoo-hoo!
     
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  20. archeryguy1701

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    I am 100% positive that Batman said he was going for Rachel. Maybe that scene could have been acted a bit better to convey more surprise, but it wouldn't be like he would have a ton of time to stand there and go, "Well crap! You're not who I wanted to see right now!"