Sunday, July 20, 2008

Dark is the night

The Dark Knight was one of the most awaited films of 2008. By Batman afficiandoes at least. Bruce Wayne has just lost his girlfriend to a man who deserves her better. His speech reflects his jealousy as well as his attempt to be fair to a good man and a good woman. Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhal) and Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) are the white knights, fighting criminals in a lawful way. Poor Bruce Wayne has chosen the dark path because he thought it would be more effective, killing dark with dark. Harvey wisely combines his white ways with the dark to nail the mob in Gotham City. But alas, his acts has repercussions that nearly crush the city and its inhabitants. Increased attack on the Mob force them to bring in their trump card, the Joker.

The Joker turns out to be the worst nightmare that Gotham has seen, and Batman has combated. Why? Because the Joker has no agenda but mischief. He has no plans and no ambitions. He is this maverick villain who is very hard to figure out.

Before he is done, there are innocent people who are slashed viciously, blown up and burned, their integrity tested, their personalities twisted.

Micheal Caine and Morgon Freeman are such established actors, that they just have to walk on to the set to give it grace and dignity. Morgon's half-smiles when he deals with corporate upstarts convey a world of dialogue. Micheal Caine as Alfred is perfect.

Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent comes across as a personable man bent upon going the right way to defeat the dark forces until he falls ..

Maggie Gyllenhal as the new Rachel Dawes had to look good mostly, which she does with panache. But this Rachel is also torn between the two men in her life, the dark and the white knight.

Christian Bale is perfect as Batman and Bruce. For a change he actually tries a different personality for both, a casual billionaire who cares less about what is going on around him. Seemingly interested in just womanising and having a good time, he changes when he dons the batsuit, becomes faster, bulkier, gruffer.

Heath Ledger as joker is iconic. He has made history. He gave the role his all. His joker is never menacing, but is playful and comic always. But his deeds belie his appearance as he happily slashes his way through the film, killing and maiming people without remorse. The scene when he skips happily out of the hospital and watching it blow up is going to be around in my mind for a long long time.

Happy viewing folks.. dont forget to watch this one.


  1. Dark is the Knight !

    Yes indeedie it is !

    It has been my most anticipated movie for almost 2 years now.

    Your blog describes exactly why the movie must be viewed. It is a must watch .. no doubt.

    As truely mentioned by you .. all Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine have to do is be present in the scene to increase its grace.

    Did ya know Michael Caine was quite the playboy in his days.

    :-D hehe

    Anyways , coming back to the topic ... I felt, Ledger saved his best performance for his last ... it is really sad we wont see any more of his stupendous performances.

    Well overall the movie was absolutely superlative !



  2. ooooohhhh .... seen it already?!!!!! i cant wait, will be going for it next week!!!!! we had 6am shows here because the mid-night shows were completely sold out at the multiplexes. ur right, it was highly anticipated.

    i just wonder is it upto the hype? ur review isnt very enthusiastic. have consciously avoided reading reviews, since i didnt want to have any preconceived notions, read urs because i know u dont give anything away ..... anyways, will comment properly after watching !!!


  3. Pirate - i wanna see it again waah waah wahh !!

  4. Papaya dear.. Dont miss the movie on any account. I did mention at the end that the movie is not to be missed.

  5. Pirate - Micheal Caine as a playboy - I am glad he lived it up during his heydays. My eyes are firmly on Christian Bale - hehe

  6. The film is a must-watch....incredibly, it was a long film by Hollywood standards, but time flew by.

    Quirky Indian

  7. Maine nahi dekhi abhi tak.. Bahut aalas hai theater tak jaane ka aur khaali wakt me prefer pubbing. Waitinf for pirated DVD..

  8. avdi- watched it last night!!!! did meet all expectations so am enormously satisfied :D

    as always ur review says it all and so succinctly. just wanted to come back and tell u what a fab review this is.

    loved the play on the white and dark knights in the movie. of course, all the batman fans just knew with the name harvey dent what was going to happen to him. must say i didnt expect what was going to happen to the girl tho !

    loved the joker and the pencil scene, still gives me the chills. ....


  9. am just sad they got rid of 3 batman villains in one go! :(( what, no more sequels ? scarecrow seems so promising in the first half, but went out with a fizz.

  10. Papaya ! The movie is definately enjoyable. But joker didnt DIE. Surprising about 2 face harvey going off tho.

    They say in the next series its going to be penguin . Dont worry still loads of batman baddies around to regale us.

  11. oh finally i could get here
    so much to read
    will take my own sweet time ;)

  12. I loved it and watched it twice already and wanna watch it again...the best part about the film were joker's dialogues..."The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules!"

  13. hi ava, great write up. it truly is an amazing movie !

  14. thats a great writeup ava. tell me which theatre did u see this one. ive lost all track of the theatres of chandigarh !

  15. Thanks guys, oxy, quirky, anon.

    Lalit, I watched this in a multiplex that has come up in place of Dhillon Theatre. We now have 3 of these. DT- Dlf in IT Park, Kishangarh. Centra Mall in place of Pasco Automobiles in Industrial Area. With at least 3 more coming up. One in place of Jagat and two opp my office hehh

  16. lalit, how about you doing some postings too? likho likho