2008: #2 The Dark Knight


Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, based on the character created by Bob Kane
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman
Distributer: Warner Brothers
Country: United States
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 7/18/2008
Date seen: 7/18/2008
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $1,001,082,160
# of Oscar nominations: 8 (Sound Editing, Sound, Makeup, Visual Effects, Art Direction, Editing, Cinematography, Supporting Actor)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 15 (Fight, Chase, Set-Piece, Makeup, Sound Design, Score, Editing, Cinematography, Villain, Supporting Actor, Ensemble, Line, Adapted Screenplay, Poster, Action film)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 7 (Chase, Editing, Villain, Supporting Actor, Villain, Line, Poster, Action Film)

This is one of the incredibly rare cases where a filmmaker goes above and beyond the call of duty and creates a work of mass entertainment that’s far greater than what the studio and the public at large demanded. It would have been easy for Christopher Nolan to turn in an enjoyable but disposable film like Iron Man, but instead he really took the Batman character seriously and made a film that will stand the test of time. While Batman Begins was all about the character’s origin, this sequel really examines the consequences of Bruce Wayne’s crusade to bring salvation to Gotham City. Nolan’s technical proficiency is above question and he delivers some of the best action scenes this side of Jason Bourne. But he also writes some amazing dialogue and structures  The Joker’s scenes meticulously. The film also carefully casts every part perfectly, Christian Bale is certainly the perfect Bruce Wayne and he functions just fine as Batman, what’s more Gotham’s bureaucracy is filled with great character actors. I won’t get into Heath Ledger’s performance, firstly because enough has been said about it, and secondly because I think this movie deserves better than to have everyone focus on that one aspect. This is easily the greatest superhero movie and probably the best action movie since The Matrix, if not Terminator 2.

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