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The Dark Knight
- Christian Bale

Overview - To say that Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT is the best comic book adaptation does the film a bit of a disservice. It may be a Batman film, but this isn't a kid-friendly action movie full of the bams and pows of the original series. This is a pitch-black thriller with enough drama and tragedy to please even William Shakespeare, but it will certainly keep both comics fans and uninitiated audiences equally happy.  Read more...

 
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Overview

To say that Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT is the best comic book adaptation does the film a bit of a disservice. It may be a Batman film, but this isn't a kid-friendly action movie full of the bams and pows of the original series. This is a pitch-black thriller with enough drama and tragedy to please even William Shakespeare, but it will certainly keep both comics fans and uninitiated audiences equally happy. THE DARK KNIGHT starts in the wake of BATMAN BEGINS: with the appearance of Batman (Christian Bale), Gotham City's criminal underworld is unnerved. They're also plagued by the new D.A., Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), who, in his quest for justice, remains above the city's corruption. Enter a new villain, the Joker (Heath Ledger), who wants to unite the criminals for a common purpose: to kill Batman. THE DARK KNIGHT is one of the most hyped movies to date, and a lesser film would be crushed under the weight of all that expectation. Some of the publicity stems from the early death of Ledger, who turns in an excellent performance. He provides moments of humor, but this Joker is terrifying, sharing more with classic villains such as Hannibal Lechter than with his comic book predecessors. Eckhart is equally good as Dent, and Maggie Gyllenhaal deserves praise for taking over the role of Rachel Dawes from Katie Holmes. Though there's more emphasis on plot and character development than in most comic book adaptations, that doesn't mean Nolan has skimped on any of the action sequences. Each set piece is done perfectly, leaving the audience breathless. THE DARK KNIGHT is filmmaking at its best; its subject matter may be dark and depressing, but it's tough not to feel exhilarated by its artistry when the credits begin to roll.

Awards:
2009 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner

Cast List

Hans Zimmer - Composer
Christopher Nolan - Director, MEMENTO (2001)
Emma Thomas - Producer, FOLLOWING (2000)
James Newton Howard - Composer, KING KONG (2005)
Charles Roven - Producer
Michael Jai White - Star, UNDISPUTED II: LAST MAN STANDING (2005)
Eric Roberts - American Actor, STAR 80
Aaron Eckhart - American actor, DARK KNIGHT, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING
William Fichtner - Actor
Benjamin Melniker - Executive Producer, CATWOMAN (2004)
Morgan Freeman - American Actor
David S. Goyer - Writer/director
David Goyer - Writer/director
Wally Pfister - Director of photography
Kevin De La Noy - Executive producer, THE DARK KNIGHT
Lee Smith - Editor, BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
Thomas Tull - Executive Producer, SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)
Jonathan Nolan - Writer, MEMENTO (2001)
Michael Caine - British Actor, ALFIE (1966)
Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. - British Actor, ALFIE (1966)
Nestor Carbonell - Actor - "Suddenly Susan"
Nathan Crowley - Production Designer, BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
Michael Uslan - Executive Producer, CATWOMAN (2004)
Christian Bale - Welsh actor, BATMAN BEGINS
Gary Oldman - British actor, SID AND NANCY/TRUE ROMANCE
Heath Ledger - Australian actor, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, THE DARK KNIGHT
Anthony Michael Hall - American Actor
Maggie Gyllenhaal - American actor, SECRETARY/STRANGER THAN FICTION
Lindy Hemming - Costume Designer, BATMAN BEGINS (2005)

 
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    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 085391176572
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for intense sequences of violence and some menace)
  • Release Date: March 2016

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Reviews:
4 stars out of 4 -- "THE DARK KNIGHT is a more thrilling, intelligent, morally complex and masterfully crafted film than any summer blockbuster in recent years. It's probably the best superhero movie to date." - 07/18/2008 USA Today


"Always a consummate professional, Ledger threw himself into a role he clearly relished, giving a transfixing performance..." - 07/17/2008 Los Angeles Times


"Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, it goes darker and deeper than any Hollywood movie of its comic-book kind..." - 07/18/2008 New York Times


"[T]he movie exudes a predatory glamour that makes the comic-book films that have come before it look all the more like kid stuff." -- Grade: A- - 07/25/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.46-47


5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n anarchic, malevolent fury of a movie....Ledger's Joker is pure, powerful, immense..." - 09/01/2008 Empire, p.56


"[A] sleek detective story....Bale and Eckhart centralize the movie's thematic concerns, causing the Joker's outrageousness to stand out." - 07/18/2008 Premiere


"This last development is a fine example of Nolan's flair for multivalent plot points....Nolan is aided by strong performances. Bale is focused, intense and committed to being terrifying..." - 10/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.59-60


"Working from Michael Mann's visual template and seemingly indebted to the hard-nosed savagery of THE DEPARTED, Christopher Nolan's second BATMAN installment has some thrilling moments..." - 11/01/2008 Film Comment, p.76-77


"The best of all the Batmans, Christopher Nolan's haunted film leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy." - 12/05/2008 Chicago Sun-Times


Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's 'Movies Of The Year' -- "[A] Batman movie that offers enough moral relativism to give you knightmares." - 01/08/2008 Rolling Stone, p.116


Included in Entertainment Weekly's 2008 Films Of The Year -- "[A] triumph of comic-book relevance, starring Christian Bale as a superhero uneasy with his calling in a city anesthetized to matter-of-fact evil..." - 12/26/2008 Entertainment Weekly

 
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