Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Dark Knight: IMAX (2008)

By: Abel Lin


Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Chin Han
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
152 minutes

“You know who people are in their last moments.” – The Joker.

“This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.” – The Joker, again.

With those lines, this film scored some of the most interesting (but haunting) conversations ever to be put to the big screen. Plus, I had to quote this movie twice because it’s just that: TWICE THE BAD-ASSNESS. Accept absolutely no substitutes when you’re watching The Dark Knight: get your sweet, little ass to the nearest Verizon IMAX Theater and shell out the $15. The immersion of both sound and sight is a convincing case. 

Plot’s pretty straight-forward: Batman. Villains (technically there is more than one, but honestly, you might as well just say it’s The Joker). And everyone in-between. Throw all ingredients into Gotham. Stir vigorously. Let sit for two and a half hours and appreciate the escalating awesomeness that you will comprehend.

I actually got pretty bad seats at the theater (row two, right side), which I might have to caution readers that you may get nauseous. But that still didn’t deter me from being wowed and hand-jobbed by The Dark Knight. I might as well get all the good things out of the way; killer build-up to action (you KNEW something was going down while the music crept in), outstanding performances, ridiculous, relentless chase scenes.

Gripes: little things. Some parts of the plot were rushed (the corrupt cop part, wtf was GOING on). Obviously the infamous “Batman whisper” (which in real life makes sense, but rather amusing in execution). Interestingly enough, one good part was also one my complaints as well. Joker stole the show, COMPLETELY overshadowing Christian Bale, who gave his best. And forget everyone else: minor characters (come on, what a waste of Michael Jai White) are put through the plot-progression wheel and killed off or disappeared in fine fashion to build up the Joker main characters. But honestly, even this little pile can’t stop what we must recognize as one of the most amazing superhero films ever.

Gordon makes an interesting “mistake” in his dialogue in the ending (don’t worry this isn’t a spoiler). He calls Bruce Wayne (OMG HE’S BATMAN) the “Black Knight.” After hearing that, I couldn’t help but think that this film has truly come full circle (cue to Harvey Dent’s handle). The bar has been set. I want another Christopher Nolan Batman.

Bottom Line: The Dark Knight not perfect (perhaps ruined by hype), but using the cast, action, and sharp script, forces itself into greatness. Sheer goodness. Watching it in an IMAX does NOT hurt either. 

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