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This review is from: The Dark Knight (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)Not only the best instalment of any run of Batman films, from the camp original, through Tim Burton's remake (which was actually pretty awesome for the time) and including Batman Begins, but one of the greatest films of all time. This is not just a superhero movie, it is a serious film made by serious film-makers. It should rightly go down in history as a classic of the genre and as one of the best films Nolan has directed. Gushing aside, it plays as a really great action film as well as having moments of real emotion and subtlety that complement the story, which is both epic and intimate.
Christian Bale is a good Batman but a great Bruce Wayne. It is here where the direction of the film is interesting. Most interpretations of the character have the alter ego hero as the created personality. Nolan switches it to impart Wayne's pompous behaviour and rich-kid shenanigans as the made-up part of the man; Batman is who Wayne really is. But Bale is not the best thing here. Ledger apart, Gary Oldman proves once again that he is one of the best character actors who ever lived as the unassuming and kind Commissioner Gordon, and manages to physically change the role of hero over to himself. Batman is the muscle - Gordon is the real hero.
But the most significant reason to watch the film is of course for the late Heath Ledger's stunning performance as the Joker. Bringing the character from the comics alive and making him relevant and real, Ledger eats up EVERY scene he is in with no exception. Even his failed attempt at the end of the film to foresee how strong willed the Gotham populace really are was a triumph as his mania simply cannot be quelled. The final shot of him dangling in the air, upside-down, laughing incessantly at the chaos he had caused is just, well, right.
And the fact that it doesn't end as such, but almost begins a new narrative as Batman becomes public enemy no 1 in order to preserve the memory of Harvey Dent, to preserve the sanity of the collective mind of Gotham, brings to mind other classic 2nd films like The Empire Strikes Back where the action is left hanging.
A triumph on all counts. Cannot wait for the 3rd installment.