Ahead of The Batman this weekend I started to binge-watch Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and once again, I was blown away by The Dark Knight. It’s a film that never gets old nor does it ever seem to disappoint. Considering how much I enjoyed it last night, I figured I might as well revisit this review I wrote of one of my favorite movies of all time. Enjoy!
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. Fourteen 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 Black Panther (deserved) Oscar wins, herald Avengers: Endgame for all of its incredible achievements, love Spider-Man: No Way Home for bringing all of the live-action Spider-Men together in a movie that actually lived up to the astronomical levels of hype, but even these films can’t compare 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.
It’s going to take an undeniable Best Picture worthy superhero movie to potentially top it as my favorite comic book film of all time.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.