Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Dark Knight is the best film of the year


I walked into Dark Knight expecting a decent Batman film, but I walked out amazed. All through the film I was asking myself “is a superhero movie this good? Really?” Let’s start with the best thing about the movie, the late Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker. Ledger’s villain is all menace, venom and insanity, and he owns the role in a way that makes you look at Jack Nicholson’s take on the Joker and wince. That’s not to say Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman don’t all step up to the plate, because there isn’t a bad performance in this movie. And they’re all helped by an amazing script, that takes the usual superhero good vs. evil tropes and turn them on their head. It’s the writing, the acting and the staging that make this movie a masterpiece of the genre and easily the best film of the year. Highly recommended.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

3 Responses to “ Dark Knight is the best film of the year ”

jabberwocky says:

I want to see this film, but I want to watch the one before it first.

killahmullet says:

Tropes. Nice!

I haven’t heard a bad thing about this movie yet. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

cam c. says:

It’s all about the tropes (btw I’m trademarking that sentence, possibly optioning it as a comedy series on Showcase)…

Seriously, I haven’t seen it yet but I was blown away by Batman Begins (yes, do see it first, Michael) so I’m ready to be pleased with this one…

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