Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Dark Knight...for the third time.

Yeah, who hasn't seen The Dark Knight. Nobody needs a review to know what's like anymore, I'm sure the majority of Americans have seen it by now, most of them more than once. Me, I saw it three times. Yeah, I paid to see it THREE times...and I enjoyed it all three times. The third time was at an IMAX theatre, and let me tell you, THAT is an experience. A lot of the action scenes were shot with an IMAX camera, so watching them on the big screen was more than magnificent.
I'm not going to bother explaining wow it was so good, you just have to see it for yourself (IF you haven't seen it that is). Heath Ledger's performance was especially praise worthy. He strayed from the traditional portrayal of the Joker and created his own character, which was actually a good move. This one was more viciously violent and psychotic than ever, which fits the dark mood of the movie. Sometimes it was hard to believe it was actually Heath Ledger under all that make-up, especially considering his other critically acclaimed role (a gay man in Brokeback Mountain).

"Here's my card"

As with most other viewers (apparently), I had only had one minor gripe with the movie. And this gripe was with the main character, unfortunately. Why does Batman sound like a grizzly bear with lung cancer? His ill-attempted deep scary voice fell short of average, especially if you compare it to the Batman in the animated series, who actually made it work. Previous Batmen just made their voices lower, but Christian Bale chose to sound like he had a hole in his throat. It really wasn't easy to listen to, and made his entire character seem a bit corny. Nonetheless, this is tolerable, considering how great the rest of the film is.

"Don't look now, but I think I'm being watched"

I watched it three times. I'm actually proud of that. Well, there's a catch to that. I didn't pay for any of the tickets. I was treated to every single viewing. Haha, yeah it would be a different feeling if I were the one buying the tickets, but honestly, if I had the money I would have paid for them anyway. The IMAX tickets were especially expensive ($18?). If you haven't seen it, please do. You have NO idea what you are missing...in fact I have NO idea why you wouldn't have seen it by now.


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