Monday, July 16, 2012

Movie of the Week – The Dark Knight

This week’s movie is The Dark Knight (2008).

The action adventure drama is the second in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy (bookended by Batman Begins and The Dark KnightRises). It tells the story of Batman’s attempt to take down Gotham’s mob by confiscating all their money with the help of Jim Gordon and district attorney Harvey Dent. The mob turns to the Joker, a criminal who only cares about upsetting the order of things, to strike back against Batman and company. Produced, directed and co-written by Nolan, the film is a masterpiece of genre filmmaking (commonly heralded as the best superhero movie of all-time). Plus, Nolan has a fantastic group working with him: composers James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer, cinematographer Wally Pfister, editor Lee Smith, production designer Nathan Crowley, producer Emma Thomas, and co-writer Jonathan Nolan. The cast is brilliant as well. Christian Bale stars as Bruce Wayne, with Heath Ledger (giving possibly the greatest performance of the decade as the Joker), Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Eric Roberts, Nestor Carbonell, Cillian Murphy, Ritchie Coster, Anthony Michael Hall, and Michael Jai White in support. The Dark Knight (along with Batman Begins) is a must-see of fans of superhero and comic-book films, and I would contend it is also a must for cinema fans in general as it is certainly a standout piece from the last decade. Check out the trailer.

Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Streaming

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