Have you ever seen a perfect movie? A movie so undeniably brilliant and spot on that the more you watch it the better it gets? A movie that’s so good that you kind of can’t believe it’s that incredible? The Dark Knight is that movie for me.
I first wrote this post last November after watching The Dark Knight for only the third time in my life and now, after seeing it again for my fourth viewing on this fine Sunday, I decided to revisit this post and add a little bit more of why I think The Dark Knight is such an amazing movie. So, on that note, enjoy!
I don’t watch The Dark Knight on a daily to weekly basis. But every so often I get the unshakable desire to see it. And so last night with that fervor upon me I decided to watch it. I got sleepy, couldn’t finish it last night, so I decided to finish it this morning and boy was I pleased…again.
For nearly two hours, I was sucked into the dark and demented world of Gotham where a man as horrifically twisted and brilliant as The Joker resides to wreak havoc on Gotham’s citizens for no reason other than pure amusement. And as the story slowly builds upon The Joker’s madness the movie gets better and better and better until one can only stare at the screen in appreciative awe.
The Dark Knight is unlike any other superhero movie that’s been created. In fact, can we even say it’s a superhero movie? Batman isn’t exactly a hero, as the movie made clear. And that’s the genius approach to this story among many other things.
Gosh, I love this movie. And the reason why I love it is that it’s jam-packed with twists. I mean, the film starts with a twist! The criminals robbing that bank, in the beginning, think they’re conning The Joker (and each other) when really The Joker is among them, ends up killing all of them, obtains the money, and gets away in a school bus that blends in with the rest of the school buses going down the street outside the bank. That’s how the movie starts! It’s so genius.
Plus the imagery is just disturbingly perfect. One of the reasons why DC Comics is so much different than Marvel is because the content, characters, and especially villains are so much more complex and dark.
Marvel has characters like Iron Man and Captain America, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, and the villains they have to deal with? Whiplash, Erik Killmonger, Red Skull, and the worst is Thanos? Thanos is powerful and clearly insane but he’s nowhere near as downright disturbing as a character like The Joker.
Or Two-Face, for that matter, the pride of Gotham turned psychotic madman who leaves his choices of killing to a game of chance.
The Dark Knight is a brilliantly told story because it slowly reveals what the true motive of the movie is. Batman, at the beginning of the movie, is your classic hero as he saves the day time and time but as the film goes on we learn that the only way to be a hero in Gotham is to be the villain.
Gotham is a dark twisted place and to protect the citizens that Batman can’t be a Superman or Captain America type. That’s why he’s so cool.
Darker and darker he has to become to beat the petty schemes of The Joker and by the end of the film, he’s practically turned to the dark side…in a good way. Yes, he continues to save the day, and yes, he’s ultimately the good guy, but to protect Gotham from fiends like The Joker sometimes means having to become the villain. Two hours and thirty minutes take Batman and evolve his story in a powerful way that most movies can’t do to a character over a series of films. And that’s yet another reason why I love this film so much.
Honestly, I can’t give this movie enough praise. Eleven years after its premiere it still can’t be beaten, and that’s even after the dozens of superhero movies (Marvel and DC Comics) that have come out since then.
We can give historical Oscar wins and nominations to Black Panther and herald Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame for accomplishing the achievement of being incredible superhero movies but these movies are nothing compared to The Dark Knight.
The Dark Knight is a perfect movie through and through for its cinematography, Christopher Nolan’s incredible directorial vision, every actor’s complex and nuanced performance, the music, the action, etc.
This movie is one of my favorite movies of all time and it’s going to take an undeniable Best Picture worthy superhero movie to potentially top it.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.