I rarely do a movie review in my blog because
- I rarely go to movie theatres
- There’s nothing really to talk about, either good or bad.
I have to make an exception for this because of the hype and a truly lengendary performance by Heath Ledger, and Maggie Gyllenhaal just for the hotness. My brother, his girlfriend, and I went 90 minutes early because we expected the lines to be long for this movie and got crowded very quick. Also, there are a lot of committed fans who wanted to see the movie by wearing makeup of the joker or wearing Batman gear and I felt like this is the Rocky Horror Picture Show again. Thirty minutes before the movie began, the guest services manager announce no cameras or bootlegging videos of the movie and of course, sarcastically, people mockingly cheered for the guy. I already know most of the people had a long happy hour.
As for the movie, let’s just say it was a big improvement of Batman Begins, which was a good movie, but this movie could reach Lord of the Rings or Titanic levels. When midnight struck and after the movie, it’s in my top 5 films of all-time. I knew Christopher Nolan would do a great job because he’s a terrific storyteller and a great director who also directed another top 5 movie of mine, Memento. This was great storytelling from top to bottom as well as a great ensemble cast.
The main reason I’m posting this review is the performance of Heath Ledger. Yes, his death may have some effect of this potential huge hit, but sadly and ironically, I think the timing was right that he left the stage. Heath’s portrayal of the Joker must be in discussion of best characters in cinema. The Joker was ruthless, unpredictable, an outlier, and a brilliant mad genius. Watch him controlling the streets of Gotham with fear and cynicism; he made a character that will haunt someone in the audience, even though it’s a movie. Heath made this character realistic and that any moment, he’ll strike. Selfishly, this was Heath’s last and best role.
Overall, I sure do hope this gets nominated for an Oscar and I believe the Academy has an excuse of making this a contender for Best Picture, Best Director for Christopher Nolan, and hopefully the most important award to the movie, Best Supporting Actor to Heath Ledger. The Academy needs ratings and a movie everyone will remember. This movie is it.
By the way, my top 5 movies of all-time:
- Hoop Dreams
- City of God
- The Dark Knight
- Hot Fuzz
Of course the classics the Godfather, Star Wars, Citizen Kane, and others I like, but these movies really struck a nerve.