January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #46 of the 47.
Initial Viewing Memories – This is a film that I was highly anticipating when it was announced. I actually cut out of work to go to the first showing at 11am on the day it premier and returned to work afterwards still shaking from the tenseness of the movie and its story. Of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, this is by far my favorite.
“Don’t talk like one of them. You’re not! Even if you’d like to be. To them, you’re just a freak, like me! They need you right now, but when they don’t, they’ll cast you out, like a leper! You see, their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these… these civilized people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.” – The Joker
Number of Times Seen – Between 10-20 times (Twice in Theater including Opening Day, DVD, Jun 2012, 13 May 2014, 20 Apr 2017, 8 Jan 2019 and 28 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – When a new threat begins to arise in Gotham, Batman and Commissioner Gordon must try and find a way to keep the chaos in check with the help of a new District Attorney, Gotham White Knight Harvey Dent.
My Take on it – This is a film that works on so many levels and remains as tense and suspenseful on the umpteenth time as it was during the very first time I saw it.
Christopher Nolan knows how to make a great superhero film that breaks all of the cliches and keeps things on the edge the entire time.
Heath Ledger is superb as the main antagonist The Joker and brings something so new and menacing to the character that has never been seen beforehand.
He truly deserved his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this performance.
The story is a non-stop explosive thrill ride that doesn’t let up for one moment ion the 2 hours and 40 minute run time.
Something is constantly going on both in the forefront and the background that one must keep close watch to try and ingest it all even on multiple watches.
The theme of the film about the fine line between good and evil; between madness and sanity is explored so well and they constantly give us so many reasons to question what is going on and if it is just or not.
Christian Bale returns as the Caped Crusader and the darkness of the character is explored even more intensely in this film.
The music by Hans Zimmer is eerie and haunting yet helps enhance the feeling of the film as the pace gets faster and faster and more intense along the way.
This is IMHO, the greatest superhero film ever made and I doubt anything will ever be able to top it because studios look more for superhero films with a slight comic tone instead of a very serious and deep one like this film has.
I just watched this, yet feel the urge to want to see it again because it leaves the viewer wanting more and more.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the early minutes of each movie in the trilogy, the main villain (Ra’s al Ghul, The Joker, Bane) disguises himself as one of his own henchmen, and there is a conversation about said villain, in each scene. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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