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Review of ‘The Dark Knight’

Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale bring Batman back in the second installment of the Dark Knight Trilogy, this time with Heath Ledger’s Joker as the film’s main villain.

      IN FAVORby David Brock

      The dark knight belies its initial status as a box office-busting blockbuster with a series of aesthetic, interpretive, emotional, philosophical and ideological arguments that propel it far above any other comic book adaptation we’ve seen to date. Without renouncing the concessions typical of the cinema spectacle, but endowed with an elegance, gloominess and radicality far removed from the mainstream orbit, Christopher Nolan, who has already managed to resurrect this dying dynasty with batmanbegins, deepens to the last consequences in the psychology of its central characters and works the miracle with a story of Shakespearean airs in an apocalyptic key that leaves you with an indescribable bad body. Apart from the colossal work of Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, he has already become the ideal and perhaps definitive batman of the seventh art; apart from the most solid and courageous script that recent commercial cinema has given us, with an explicit political reading included; and apart from an intense and precise direction, the latest installment of Batman deserves a place in history for its undisguised ambition, clearly satisfied, to revolutionize the saga and take it to a new, exciting and challenging cinematographic dimension.

      AGAINSTby Jordi Costa

      The same thing happens to Nolan when he prepares to make a Batman movie that Christian Bale does when he puts on the superhero costume: he is compelled to gloat his voice. And he does it to a point where he sounds both forced and ridiculous. After his “Batman Begins”, one of the most serious, self-aware and profoundly boring superhero movies in the history of the subgenre, “The Dark Knight” is presented as a corrected and augmented version of the strategy and conquers another record: in this case, that of the most hypertrophic superhero movie of all time. They do not want to be contrary: this critic does not miss the benefits of a film that contains a disconcerting and powerful start (between the sensational bank robbery and that appearance -finally wasted- of rivals of the Bat Man) and manages to immortalize the best incarnation of the Joker on the big screen, through the magnetic overacting of the ill-fated Heath Ledger. The problem is in the overall vision: in that narrative megalomania that amplifies big words and underlines the philosophical message, but neglects to such an extent the micro-logic of its actions that one cannot stop asking oneself constant questions while each sentence seems to be dreaming. to be carved in marble.


      The best: the intensity of Heath Ledger.

      The worst: (If there is no other remedy) you have 20 minutes left.


      Address: Christopher Nolan Distribution: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts, Cillian Murphy, Anthony Michael Hall Original title: Dark Knight Country: USA Year: 2008 Release date: 08-13-2008 Gender: Action Screenplay: Christopher NolanJonathan Nolan Duration: 127min
      Synopsis: Batman (Christian Bale) with the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) sets out to dismantle the criminal organizations that infest the streets of Gotham. The partnership proves to be effective, but soon they find themselves trapped in a realm of chaos unleashed by a criminal mastermind: the Joker (Heath Ledger).

      Source: Fotogramas

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