The Dark Knight

I recently rewatched The Dark Knight. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored. There are just so many layers to that movie, and I don’t think I can let it go without at least one blogpost for itself.

First of all, SPOILER ALERT!! This movie is one of the best movies you’re ever going to see. If you haven’t watched it, what are you waiting for? I’m going to spoil quite a few awesome parts of the movie, and I don’t want to do that if you haven’t seen it. I encourage you to stop reading this and watch it. It’s on Netflix.

I think it’s a masterpiece. From writing, to directing, to acting, it checks every box. Some people say that the action is hard to follow. To them I say, “You’re not trying hard enough.” I can follow the action in most movies of today. I think it’s a brilliant way to add tension to the scene, but we’re not here to debate about the action. I think there’s no debate when we say that The Dark Knight is the best superhero movie in existence.

Of course, I’m going to spend a lot of time on the Joker.

What a character!

I mean, he has one motivation – fun. Everything he’s doing, he’s doing for fun. He enjoys every explosion, and every bit of violence for which he is the cause. You can see the enjoyment in his eyes, and that is the beauty of this performance. Heath Ledger was a fantastic actor, and I’m really sorry for his death. I didn’t know of him when he died, but now, I could cry.

The Joker literally does not care. About anything. He is, in his own words, “an agent of chaos.” He wants chaos to reign, and that’s where everything stops for him. He will do anything for people to realize that chaos is the only constant. Whatever goes up, must come down. All good things must come to an end. He knows that the only way to do that is to bring down a highly respected person to his level. So he devises his plan.

He slowly brings Harvey Dent the the edge of madness, killing his girlfriend, burning his face, etc., but Dent still doesn’t give in. Then, in the hospital, Joker just boops him on the nose, and sends him falling into the great abyss of chaos. It’s so well thought out, and should be very depressing, but Nolan’s not going to leave you with a sour taste in your mouth. He wants you to stay in your seat and contemplate. He is not going to let you get up so fast. He wants you to blankly stare at the credits and think, Whoa.

Inception, The Prestige, Memento, and The Dark Knight all have the perfect endings. This one wants a happy ending. This one wants Batman to have at least one moment to shine. He takes the blame, and the people of Gotham still have hope. Hope. A hopeful ending. They’re usually the most perfect ones, but it has to be nailed.

You do exactly what Nolan asks, because he’s a genius. There’s no getting around that.

I’m just sitting at my computer and free writing. I just love this movie, and feel that it needs all the love it can get. I’d love to discuss it further, so feel free to discuss it in the comments! All opinions are welcome, but if you tell me that this movie is bad, expect a very, very long and angry response.

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