Ladies and Gentlemen, I have never clapped at the end of a movie. Until this morning.
Perhaps it’s the act of waking up at 7:30 after a few hours of sleep, perhaps it’s the impending party, but something really great happened at the IMAX theater this morning.
For one, the fire alarm did not go off in the middle of the movie. That was a bonus. But anyways…
This is the best comic book movie I have ever seen. It might be one of the best actual movies I have ever seen. I’m still debating that. However, it has all the things that an epic comic book tale converted to epic gigantic screen movie needs.
- Action = explosions.
- Car chases = Lamborghinis getting wrecked (spoiler. sorry.)
- Characters = not just makeup and computers, but actual, realistic (sort of) characters.
- Love story = tension and release. tension and release.
- Emotional swings = sweating in the seats.
- Cheesiness = it turns out you can get the moral of the movie across in one dramatic monologue.
Warning: there are several times during this movie when you will be tempted to cry. Don’t worry, tough guy, the theater is dark. No one will see. Go ahead. However, if you’re like me and cry at exactly the wrong spot, you should probably try to hide it. Because not every movie is about your life and [spoiler deleted] if you just stop [spoiler deleted]. There, how’s that for figurative? I just can’t figure out which main character is me, yet. But maybe that’s it: all of them are. You’ve got craziness, barely controllable anger, terrible will to do good, and corruptible core all in one.
Side note: I’ve always wanted to re-live a moment from my life before I can remember it that my mom told me about. My mom and her sister went to see Raiders of the Lost Ark in the theater (I was four, how come I don’t remember this?). At the snake part, my aunt screams and throws popcorn everywhere. Batman: The Dark Knight has made this dream a reality for me. During one magical scene, housemate-by-proxy Mel the Funky Homosapien gets startled and blasts popcorn everywhere. It was great.
Let’s see, what else does this paltry 2.53 hour movie have? Oh right, actors. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Anthony Michael Hall… If you need a list of all the actors that should be in a movie together, this is the list. I can understand why Jack Nicholson is pissed. He is simply overshadowed by genius. Sorry Jack, I hope the Lakers all catch on fire. And everyone else in this movie rules. Hard.
I think IMAX has a part to play in my viewing of this masterpiece as well. My only regret is that Mr. Bryan Frasier: Dark Knight was not able to attend because I bought his ticket (and he had to work). But if I go see it again, I might have to go to IMAX again. I don’t know if the local theater will cut it. The sound is amazing, the screen is ridiculous. And the announcer guy was dressed up like batman and said “bat-skooch over to make room for people” or something similar. Pretty funny at 9 AM.
Well, I’m not saying anything here that you don’t already know. Batman is the best movie ever blah blah blah. Go see it, then disagree with me. You can’t, nerd.
I’m going to go make five gallons of kool aid.
“The night is always darkest before the don.”
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your sister says:
July 27, 2008 at 11:59 pm
if you wanna go see it again… let me know