That's one of those movies that really takes it out of you to sit through in the theater and which
I suppose you really need the effect of being enclosed in the darkness and seeing it on the big screen. I can't even imagine doing it in IMAX.
I've admired Chris Nolan's writing and direction ever since Memento (although "Insomnia" was pretty flaccid) and the film definitely scored in terms of writing, especially since we got through all the back-story crap in Batman Begins. The only scene where the writing/direction/editing let me down was the scene toward the end where the SWAT team is trying to save the hostages, but it's very unclear who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. I get that the police are confused, but I was kind of lost as to who Batman was going after and why, which I don't think should have been the case. That scene really clogged things up and I would have snipped a lot of it.
Aside from that scene the plot unfolded brilliantly and I loved the parallels and moral questions that got raised even if it wasn't always subtle. Lots of good lines, some great twists, and the CGI work never really reminded me that it was happening. (Although part of me will always love Tim Burton's Gotham City in the 1989 movie.)
One plot point issue that did confuse me was why Batman showed up to rescue Harvey instead of Rachel when he said he was going for Rachel. Did the Joker deliberately give him the wrong addresses? Was that ever made clear or just assumed?
The acting was great all around, although I'm always creeped out by Christian Bale, probably a result of seeing "Swing Kids" and never getting over it.
I loved all the supporting actors: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman. God I would watch a movie with just their characters sitting around drinking tea or something. (I did think that Gary Oldman's accent slipped a few times, but that just made me love him more.) It was nice that Cillian Murphy got a little reprise.
So, let's talk about Heath Ledger. I hate hype. I especially hate over-emotional death-related hype and if I see one more fandomsecrets post about how much someone wants to shtup Heath Ledger as the Joker, I'll have to smack a bitch. I will say the performance was amazing, in its commitment to the insanity of the character and never giving the audience a wink or a nod. For a cartoonish character, it never felt like a cartoon, if that makes any sense. And the nurse uniform scene, was amazing. Especially the walk away from the hospital. He was definitely more frightening than Jack Nicholson, for that specific reason. I felt that Nicholson was letting himself show through and Heath definitely didn't.
But I think the real OMG performance was Aaron Eckhart. Just....WOW! Talk about acting through prosthetics. (And bravo for whoever did that make-up design.)
I hear there was a actress in there somewhere who was different from the last movie, but if they're going to treat leading ladies as interchangeable then so will I.
House MD connection-The guy who played Gabriel's father in "Cursed" as the mayor. Good performance, but lots of guy-liner. (And I miss Mayor Lindseed.)
Hubby wants to go see Swing Vote.
You know at least when Frank Capra was actually making these movies, he had Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper, etc to work with. Despite the hype of the early 90's, Kevin Costner is no Jimmy Stewart.