The Dark Knight – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… The Dark Knight
A fully armoured billionaire vigilante takes on his greatest foe: a clown in a cheap suit.

The Plot
The appearance of Batman (Christian Bale) has changed a lot in Gotham. Criminals are getting nervous and scared, while more and more people start to stand up for what is good. Leading this new wave of do-gooders is district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), who has made it his purpose to get rid of the corruption within the city.

But trouble is stirring. Crime rates might be going down, but a new breed of villain is emerging. The latest of such is called The Joker (Heath Ledger), a grimy anarchistic clown that has started unleashing his destructive and chaos inducing skills upon the citizenry.

Should I Watch It?
The Dark Knight is the second chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It follows in the footsteps of its dark and gritty predecessor, showing us a more realistic version of the caped crusader.

The events of Batman Begins have resulted in an unofficial collaboration between Batman and the Gotham Police Department. They operate separately, but share their findings with each other. This is interesting because it gives side characters such as Harvey Dent and Detective Gordon more relevance, and therefore more character.

Batman’s love interest, Rachel Dawes, also makes her return. This time played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, whose appearance alone greatly empowers her character. Compared to Katie Holmes, Gyllenhaal is much stronger looking, which gives her more credibility as an assistant district attorney.

The most interesting character of the movie is The Joker. When Heath Ledger was cast for this role there was much debate amongst fans and critics whether he would live up to the legacy that was left behind by Jack Nicholson, these doubts disappeared the second he arrived on screen. Ledger is terrifyingly convincing as the unpredictable and unstable psychopath, and a joy to watch. It is very sad that this young actor died soon after shooting this film.

The movie’s biggest weakness lies in its length. It is longer than its predecessor, but tells less. Whereas Batman Begins had a consistent and strong shift between action and exposition, this movie lost this well-refined balance. The Dark Knight focuses more on its characters and their roles, and has comparatively less action. This is okay if the story is compelling throughout the entire film, but there are some slower and weaker parts that do not fully retain your attention.

The Dark Knight is a decent superhero movie. It has interesting characters, a great soundtrack, a cool visual style, and Heath Ledger’s performance of the Joker is simply astonishing. There are some dryer parts but overall it knows how to entertain. I do not share the popular opinion that this is the best of the three Nolan movies, but it is certainly worth a watch.

Yes, watch it.

Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you have any comments or suggestions on what I should watch next let me know in the comment section below.


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