Right, it’s time for me to review the feel-bad hit of the Summer. How does the Caped Crusader’s latest adventure stack up? Let’s find out…
Whilst the Joker is causing chaos, the character of Harvey Dent – “Gotham’s White Knight” is being dragged down. He has a slow tragic fall and becomes the character of Two-Face, a man who relies on a coin flip to determine decisions- in his book, the only fair way to tell right from wrong. Whilst I love the Joker, I think Two Face is a brilliant villain too. You understand his motivation and you empathise with him. He’s not out for World domination, he’s out for revenge against fate and chance, which makes for a much more interesting and believable character. I hope the “Spider-Man 4” people are taking notes because this is how you do a multiple villain scenario.
The action is genuinely jaw-dropping, with the tunnel sequence culminating in an 18-wheeler truck getting flipped being my favourite. I also love the following scene where the Joker is walking down the street, muttering and machine-gunning random civilian cars-insanity at its most entertaining. Plus, if it was not illegal or frowned upon I would make the Batpod (i.e. this thing) my wife. It’s the perfect Batman vehicle, my only gripe being that the Tumbler (i.e. this thing) had to be sacrificed for it. Ah well.
The supporting cast of Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman are all great and still eclipse Bale’s Wayne/Batman performance, although by not nearly the same amount as Aaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger do.
As for the nit-picks, there are a few problems I have with “The Dark Knight”. When I heard the news that Katie Holmes was to be replaced by Maggie Gyllenhaal, I was pleased. Gyllenhaal’s a much better actress and arguably more attractive than the former “Dawson’s Creek” star. Thing is, she’s pretty much wasted in the film and not given enough to work with. She’s meant to be the emotional core of the film, giving Bruce something to work for, but she ends up as just another character rather than a meaningful one. Let’s just get this out of the way, I quite liked Bale’s Batman voice in “Batman Begins” as it made sense to disguise his voice into a much scarier, gruffer tone. However, in “The Dark Knight” it goes a bit too far and I found myself wishing he could just take a break and suck on a Strepsil.