Have you ever seen a perfect movie? A movie so undeniably brilliant and spot on that the more you watch it the better it gets? A movie that’s so good that you kind of can’t believe it’s that incredible? The Dark Knight is that movie for me.
I don’t watch The Dark Knight often. But every so often I get the unshakable desire to see it. And so last night with that fervor upon me I decided to watch it.
For two hours and 32 minutes, I was sucked into the dark and demented world of Gotham where a man as horrifically twisted and brilliant as The Joker resides to wreak havoc on Gotham’s citizens for no reason other than pure amusement. And as the story slowly builds upon The Joker’s madness the movie gets better and better and better until one can only stare at the screen in appreciative awe.
The Dark Knight is unlike any other superhero movie that’s been created. In fact, can we even say it’s a superhero movie? Batman isn’t exactly a hero, as the movie made clear. He’s just a man in a cynical world and sometimes the right choices mean you have to become the villain. Simple as that. But I guess that’s the reason why he’s a hero, right?
Gosh, I love this movie. And the reason why I love it is that it’s jam-packed with twists. I mean, the film starts with a twist! The criminals robbing that bank, in the beginning, think they’re conning The Joker (and each other) when really The Joker is among them, ends up killing all of them, obtains the money, and gets away in a school bus that blends in with the rest of the school buses going down the street outside the bank. That’s how the movie starts! It’s so genius.
Honestly, I can’t give this movie enough praise. Ten years after its premiere it still can’t be beaten, and that’s even after the dozens of superhero movies (Marvel and DC Comics) that have come out since then.
We can give Oscar buzz to Black Panther and herald Avengers: Infinity War for accomplishing the achievement of being a superhero movie with over twenty superheroes in it but these movies are nothing compared to The Dark Knight.
The Dark Knight is a perfect movie through and through for its cinematography, Christopher Nolan’s incredible directorial vision, every actor’s complex and nuanced performance, the music, the action, etc.
This movie is one of my, if not my, favorite movies of all time and it’s going to take an undeniable Best Picture worthy superhero movie to potentially top it.
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