Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Dark Knight

Another superhero movie- NO
Maybe the best movie EVER - YES

There are very few movies that give me sleepless nights due to their sheer brilliance. Evil dead did that to me in 1988 but for all the wrong reasons.
I for one did not ever feel I was sitting through a movie with clearly demarcated lines-good and evil. The shades of grey are in high gradient. This movie talks about 2 men at the opposite ends of a spectrum and everyone in between. The crux lies in their interdependence on each other bought out by The Joker when he tells Batman - "You complete me". Their past and present meeting at unknown crossroads. Without Batman at the helm, life would be boring just like the ones led by all the other dullards.
This masterpiece finds Batman tormented, torn, burning and suffering like never before - physically and metaphorically. Confusion and indecision are weapons used by The Joker on Batman with utmost ease. Reputation and Aura - the biggest weapons in Batman's arsenal are brought down by The Joker like a pack of card leading Batman to nearly give in.
The Joker- Ah!Cant quite categorize him as a villain. He is a catalyst. The scariest part about the character is his objective - CHAOS. Its not money, power, women he wants. He is the supreme puppet master giving everyone around him a choice between good and evil but making them aware of the fact that any choice will not turn out favorable. To a certain extent his philosophy reminds be of Atlas Shrugged where one man decided to stop the world from rotating and did. The Joker helps you pick sides acting as a mentor.
Heath Ledger as The Joker is brilliant. The slight slur, the deformed face, the sloppy makeup and the best dialogs* EVER delivered. I would like to believe he was so into character that his untimely death was due to his choosing or not being able to choose a side.
Visually brilliant, creative screen play and a genius director in the form of Christopher Nolan.
Christian Bale justifies his role as Batman and so does Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent. Personally Heath Ledger took not just the cake but the entire bakery for portraying THE JOKER.......enuff said.

*the best dialogs ever....
# Some men are not trying to be logical. They can't be bought, bullied or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
# Lets put a smile on that face...
# I'm a dog chasing cars. I don't have plans. I just do things. I'm not a schemer.
# I use a knife because guns are too quick. Otherwise, you can't savor all the emotions. You know who people are in their last moments.
# You dont do the work you are good at for free
# Madness is like jus needs a lil push..!!

WHY SO SERIOUS???????????

and so many more......................


Nilesh said...

The movie better live upto your review! Will let you know if i enjoyed reading the post more or the movie itself. :)

Radha said...

i'm watching it tonight!!
bloody difficult getting tickets for this movie!

sowdamini said...

I watched the movie satya, the movie is awesome and so is your blog post:)

Smriti said...

Agree with you Satya!!!

Satyajit said...

thank you all!!! i have seen the movie twice already and plan to watch it 2 more least

小小彬 said...

I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.