Friday, July 18, 2008
The Dark Knight, The Anti-Superhero
After watching Dark Knight, I asked my friend if she liked it. She did. I was a bit uneasy. I know it was beautiful but it left me blank. No, it left me puzzled. I said it was like beer. I don't like the taste of it but I keep on drinking it, wanting it. That's how my Dark Knight experience was, I guess. An intoxication. :D
A beautiful film but more of intellectual than action. I thought perhaps a regular action moviegoer won't appreciate its meaning but I gathered a lot of good reviews online so far. That's great. And Heath Ledger (The Joker) is definitely worth watching. ;)
Again, I felt insanity in watching this film but not the silly sadistic insanity of Wanted but a serious psychopathic one. The dark insanity that you don't want to put yourself into. The dangerous threshold of insanity --- chilling, creepy, frightening and brutally real.
It seems that action films are going beyond their genre, like Hancock did with its dramatic goodwill. Here we see an action film transcend into a glorious wisdom on humanity. A play on the virtues of truth and morality. Is truth really the truth? How righteous can one be in an evil world?
The opening scenes were good but after the robbery, it seemed a little dull for me. After perhaps three or four sequences, I only got perked up with the Bruce Wayne-Harvey Dent (Christian Bale-Aaron Eckhart) encounter. The catchy line comes up: "You either die a hero or live long enough to become a villain." Afterwards I was glued in suspense.
What I didn't like was Batman himself. Well not actually him but his voice and his headgear. I didn't like his deep electronic voice and that headgear that looks awkward on (delicious ^^) Christian Bale. [Why is it that Batman is sexier than Superman though they just both wear tights? :P]
Overall the emphasis was not on Batman. Or his being a hero. On the contrary, most of the movie was for not needing Batman. His eradication but his necessity. Ah... a paradox. Perhaps that's one of the reasons I like Dark Knight. It's a collage of paradoxes. A very good intellectual game. The whole movie was like a psych war and in the end I think Joker still won. But of course, in a way, he has to because we need another Batman movie after this.
Witty and freaky at the same time, I give a perfect five to... the late Heath Ledger's compelling "transformation." It's just so saddening to have lost a great actor. I still can't believe it was him inside that Joker. Until now, I get the creeps when I see The Joker's photos.
Photos were taken from The Dark Knight's Official Site, MovieWeb.com, and NewsDay.com.
See also the chaotic sites I Believe in Harvey Dent and I Believe in Harvey Dent Too. (For the latter, it's not an error page. Right click and select all to see a "funny" message.)