“The Dark Knight” – early reviews

The Dark Knight (sequel to Batman Begins) – movie
In theaters and IMAX: July 18, 2008
Genre: action/drama/superhero(PG-13)

An absolute stunner!” – The Rollingstone

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Batman fever is on! Showing in just a few weeks, Christian Bale’s The Dark Knight… (and shall I say Heath Ledger’s Joker) is getting very good early reviews! The Rollingstone has nothing but praise for all the major actors in the movie.

The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan’s absolute stunner of a follow-up to 2005′s Batman Begins, is a potent provocation decked out as a comic-book movie.

Now beware of spoilers before you make the jump!

The Dark KnightTo sum up the Rollingstone review, Director Nolan and his brother Jonathan deftly wrote the script to bring the struggle with good versus evil into epic proportions. Classic to all superheroes and those entrusted with “great responsibility”, Bruce Wayne has had it with living the vigilante life. “Christian Bale is electrifying as a fallibly human crusader at war with his own conscience”.

The Dark Knight But clearly, it is Heath Ledger’s last dance as the Joker that gets everyone into fan-frenzy mode.

I can only speak superlatives of Ledger, who is mad-crazy-blazing brilliant as the Joker. Ledger’s Joker has no gray areas — he’s all rampaging id. It’s typical of Ledger’s total commitment to films as diverse as Brokeback Mountain and I’m Not There that he does nothing out of vanity or the need to be liked. If there’s a movement to get him the first posthumous Oscar since Peter Finch won for 1976′s Network, sign me up.

The supporting cast are hardly out of limelight, praises Rollingstone. “Every actor brings his A game to show the lure of the dark side”. There are also some spoilers coming out of the review –

  • a secret kept by Alfred the butler could crush his boss’ spirit.
  • a major character dies that pushes a do-gooder into the dark side.
  • one more of Batman’s enemy emerges from the chaos

With reviews like this and the trailers to whet our appetite, this summer is gearing to welcome another blockbuster!

Photos and illustration courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. TM & © DC Comics

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