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July 27th, 2008

movies

Bright Lights, Dark Knight, Good Movie
It was an excellent movie, and far less bleak than I had been led to believe. (For more on that particular comment, you can read under the cut, a little further below.) I'm not going to review the thing, because I'm not a reviewer, and even were I to want to be, I think I talked myself into near silence about the film with my party of co-viewers on our way home. I will say that every good, astonished, impressed and awe-filled review of Heath Ledger's Joker is right, true, accurate, correct, et-bloody-cetera. As far as I'm concerned, there is no Joker other than Ledger's. And that's retroactive, and (should any filmmaker or studio be brain-damaged enough to consider reviving the character) for any future I can imagine. Gary Oldman's Jim Gordon is also stellar, something that has probably been overshadowed by Ledger/The Joker because of the unfortunate loss of Ledger. Oldman was Gordon. Christian Bale did an excellent job with what is essentially a thankless job and a very strictured, and perhaps necessarily stylized, character. Michael Caine was frakkin' priceless. His Alfred - all British noncom batsman-cum-butler-cum-aging warrior in his own right - tops every Alfred I've known before.

I almost forgot Maggie Gyllenhaal, who made her own rather forgettable character actually live and breathe, which is proof of her own considerable skills. And how could I have forgotten Aaron Eckhart's Harvey Dent? Lord, the entire movie is actually at least as much about his tragedy as it is about the Joker, or Batman. And I think by tragedy, it's actually safe to call it a classic tragedy - a good man (a more than good man) brought low by his own failings, or his own personal madness. That was tragic to see - and, since I knew Dent's history because of the comic book, it was a source of constant low-level tension - yes, because there wasn't already enough tension in the movie - to watch his every scene.

Anyhow, the movie?  Go see it, if you haven't already!

Oh, (and here, I warn you, don't go any further if you don't want to be spoiled) 

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