Without a doubt, The Dark Knight, is definitely an evolution of the Batman series. What Christopher Nolan has done with the franchise is simply superb, and The Dark Knight is a whole other step up from Batman Begins. The word “dark” is actually the only way to describe this film. It’s less focused on Batman beating up bad guys and more focused on the characters, their personalities. The themes are also made apparent: chaos and anarchy as opposed to order, and what heroism is all about.
But at the center of this film is Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker; a performance that is not only worthy of an Oscar nomination, but a win. The clown from Stephan King’s “IT” that gave a whole generation nightmares is not even in the same ballpark of scary; enough to make this an adult film and not another superhero, made-for-kids blockbuster. It is an utter shame that we’ll never get to see another Ledger Joker. He is, without a doubt, the star of this film. That being said, Aaron Eckhart’s portrayal of Harvey Dent – the District Attorney that eventually becomes the villain “Two Face”, is a pretty transformative.
The multi-layered story, that stretches way beyond the 2 hour mark, has plenty of moments that are suspense-worthy, made even more interesting by the dark and haunting score composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard; another Oscar-worthy performance.
I’m not sure to what extent this film can be topped in the years to come, as this may very well be the best of the franchise that we’ll ever see, but I wouldn’t put it past Nolan to produce something even better. In the meantime, if there’s one film you have to see this year, it is definitely The Dark Knight. But again, I would keep the kids at home for this one.