The Dark Knight

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Gun fights in the streets, hand to hand combats and mid-air rescues guarantee this second installment in the Batman series, The Dark Knight, will redefine the limits in super hero films. Just a few years following the conclusion of Batman Begins, Batman – aka Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) – has joined Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman) in hi effort to clean up crime in Gotham City. Batman seems to be winning the war on crime until he has to turn his attention to a clown- faced, psychotic villain called the Joker (Heath Ledger). When the Joker threatens to kill innocent people including District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and his assistant and Bruce Wayne’s ex-girlfriend Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) Batman needs help controlling his emotions and building his arsenal of weapons. He receives counseling from both his confidant and butler, Alfred (Michael Caine) and help from weapons expert and creator, Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) who builds him an armored two wheeled Bat Pod. (Okay, it’s a cool looking motorcycle) This isn’t your average feel good super hero movie but it’s actually an intelligent multi-layered crime drama. At two and one half hours it’s a rich epic with 6 major action scenes. The cast is superb and the action is great, but it’s what’s inside Batman’s head that pulls the audience in. The late Heath Ledger is brilliant as the Joker and should be nominated for an Oscar next year. The whole film is topped off with a heart pounding music score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. This is probably the most interesting adapted comic book hero and without a doubt, the darkest. Of course, I think all super hero movies are fun and they’re all dark to me. This film isn’t only entertaining but a work of art and I’m giving it an A rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.