Actually, I don’t really hate it. I just can’t stand all the attention it’s getting. It’s just an entertaining superhero movie. It’s certainly not, “The greatest film ever!”, like some of my friends have called it. I did love Heath Ledger’s performance though, and could watch it again just for him. Otherwise, I feel it’s just another Hollywood blockbuster that should be forgotten.
I don’t hate the movie, I hate the movie in the public consciousness. It’s hype is ridiculous, and I find myself getting more irritated with the film than I would be if it weren’t for everyone’s “THIS IS THE BEST FILM OF ALL TIME” hype.
Exactly. It’s not a bad film, but I don’t think it warrants any serious discussion. Of course, that’s exactly what I’m doing now!
I loved it.
I agree that it is not the best film ever, but I think that it could be argued as the most universally entertaining movie of all time. Maybe
I’ve said what I think already, so I won’t repeat it here
Sadly, such extreme hype usually ends up resulting in an equally extreme backlash. I don’t think it was a terrible film, but it certainly wasn’t as amazing as a lot of people are claiming. I do agree with them that Ledger’s performance made the movie, however. Christian Bale, who I usually love, is just wooden in it, no thanks to being forced to talk like a throat cancer victim half the time. At least they got rid of Katie Holmes.
Brilliant movie. Maybe not “best of all time”, but truly great. It’s my second favourite film of the year so far.
The weekend that it came out, it was already in the top 100 list on IMDB. It got a ridiculous number of high ratings. Right now, it stands as their #4 greatest film of all time.
What. the. fuck.
I hate the Dark Knight. The only thing that was interesting was Heath Ledger—the movie should have been about him alone. Everything else was annoying, cheesy, and over the top. That scene with the civilian and prisoner boats was lame. Come on! We know that the civilians would have pushed that button without question.
It is an average film, curiously regarded as some kind of masterpiece because of the untimely death of one of its stars.
The central character is dull and unlikeable, the plot is boring, and the whole thing comes across as some kind of third-rate Michael Mann rip-off.
There’s also a curious plothole in the middle of the film when Batman saves the life of Gyllenhall but doesnt go back up to his fundraiser to save his partygoers from The Joker and his gang of thugs.
I could go on, but won’t.
I don’t think it’s that amazing and my friends hate me for thinking that! I actually fell asleep in the theater the first time I watched it.
As far as action movies go though, I think it’s one of the more intense, but besides that and Heath Ledger’s acting, there’s nothing that stand out. The plot wasn’t even all that great I didn’t think.
But it’s a brilliant film. I get kind of annoyed when people say “oh, it’s only done so well and got so much hype because of Ledger’s death”. It’s just not true at all. I enjoyed the film for what it is – an incredibly gripping and entertaining blockbuster.
Mark: Batman may be a little boring but I wouldn’t even call him the central character in this. I mean his airtime isn’t that high, The Joker and Dent get just as much and neither of them are boring whatsoever.
only pretentious ___holes. Really I loved it, It was exactly what I expected to see and more. The score was fantastic, I was really surprised by the look Wally Pfister gave the film with his stunning cityscape shots. Sorry, if I offended anyone with my first statement, but really some people just annoy the doo doo out of me.
I can understand why comic book fans love the film, as Nolan has given the Batman mythos the treatment they have been crying out for, but to call it a cinematic masterpiece or one of the greatest films ever made is silly, don’t you think?
David Dardanelli: The people criticising the film aren’t pretentious, but the film itself certainly is!
Paperhouse: I thought Ledger gave a great performance in the film, but I honestly don’t think it would have made $500 million plus if it hadn’t been for Ledger’s tragic accident.
in terms of heath ledger’s performance, i couldn’t get past it being very similar to michael keaton’s beetlejuice … and at times he sounded like hank azaria’s chief wiggum!
The Dark Knight is what it is – a great superhero movie. It isn’t, nor do I think Nolan intended, to make ‘the greatest movie off all time.’
As far as a sequel to Batman Begins, it is great. The characters follow the correct paths and storyline given in the comics.
In the context of a Batman movie it lives up. In the context of an entertaining movie it lives up. In the context of the greatest movie ever, no deal.
Heath Ledger’s performance is not that great… his character was just well-written – most anybody could have done just as well, but, oh yeah, heath ledger died.
With regards to the hype… we already know that the public is not going to like truly brilliant or challenging films, and, if they’re gonna like something, I think that The Dark Knight is a pretty good one for them to choose. It has a tiny bit more meaning than the plot itself, and it is undeniably entertaining. Are you expecting the public to rave about 8 1/2?
Its a good super hero movie. Not a art film. Bad Idea to even bring it up here. That said I loved the movie. The first time in theaters was great, but the second time I was bored.
Yeah, I guess I probably shouldn’t have brought it up in this forum because it’s really not worth talking about. I guess I just wanted a topic I thought a lot of people would respond to.
I thought that Ledger was good, but every second he wasn’t on screen was incredibly boring.
I think the story is good and Heath Ledger’s performance was perfect, However I think Bale’s performance was flat and it should have been a hard R.
I was honestly bored during the film, in the first film i was on the edge of my seat hanging on every minute and when it was over i wanted more. but with this one the shrill pace over such a long period of time sucked the energy out of me and by the end i had had enough of it all.
The hype most certainly played a huge part in me not loving the film as much as i did. Certain parts lived up to my huge expectations (heath Ledger, and the personal losses that batman suffers) but Two Face is a solid enough villian to have deserved his own movie (i expected him to be the main villian in the thrid picture)
In the end i don’t know what didn’t do it for me and why instead of being: HOLY SHIT that movie kicked my ass!! by the end i simply said to my girlfriend: Did you like it… ya it was good.
i think this film is getting a bad rap as a ‘superhero’ movie. Batman, at least to me, is not a SUPERhero in the most common sense of the word. he’s a man without any profound super abilities. what DARK KNIGHT was above all is a moral thriller, a crime drama. just because there are masks involved or that it’s based from comic literature doesn’t make it a ‘super hero movie.’
i honestly feel that most people who don’t think this is a great film don’t like it purely for the hype it brought. usually when an action film like this gets hyped, you get a film like SPIDERMAN or SUPERMAN RETURNS, which are just dreadful. i try to pay no attention to hype, and what i was treated to was one of the single best performances i’ve seen, ever (which i also believe is being downplayed because of Ledger’s death). the film as a whole, i believe, will stand up in the annals of film history as a great film.
best film ever? of course not. best batman film ever? hell yes.
really, though, Heath Ledger’s performance isn’t that great. for real.
oh, that’s what people mean by double post… sorry.
Es una buena pelicula de superheroes, pero me molesta saber que Christopher nolan , perdiera su tiempo haciendo ese tipo de pelicula mientras podria usar su ingenio y creatividad ideando alguna produccion tipo amnesia(memento) o quiza algo mejor, yo creo que es una pelicula muy sobrevalorada, buena, mas no la mejor y con actuaciones muy muy pero muy sobrevaloradas tambien,
my poor translation of the above:
It is a good film about superheroes, but it bothers me that Christopher Nolan, wasted his time doing that type of film when he could have used his creativity devising another story about amnesia (memento) or something better. I believe that it is a film very overvalued, good, but not it better and with activities very very but very overvalued also.
or something like that.
i’m nauseated. i know everyone’s entitled to their opinions, and i usually don’t chip mine in unless i feel like i really need to, but…. i feel like i really need to.
i realize that this site, auteurs.com, is committed to building an online fellowship of cinephiles and movie-lovers alike; i realize that this is not a site for comic book nerds, fantasy junkies, neo-science fiction lovers, or anything in that realm. but personally, being a bit of the aforementioned group of people, i LOVED the Dark Knight.
seeing the X-men trilogy and the Spiderman films unravel the way they did, along with a disappointing reintroduction of Superman, and a poor interpretation of Hulk (bana’s hulk), I feel as if true comic fans were due for something better than what they had been getting. Don’t get me wrong, I’m uber skeptical about this new wave of comic films being introduced and reintroduced to a general public that mostly only wants to see explosions and special effects. the film industry has been stooping to any depths to fill seats and hit records in the box office, but the victim is usually the overall integrity of these classic comics.
that being said, i’m not going to overanalyze the Dark Knight and what made it good or bad. i’m just asking everyone to consider its value in this new age of Hollywood, where ten to twenty years from now, i’d be proud to show it to my kids as one of the greatest comic-to-cinema adaptations i’ve ever seen.
I don’t do comic book movies.
Okay, so it may have its merits. But seriously, #4 greatest film of all time?
I thought it was underwritten and under-thought-out (from a screenwriting perspective). Just logical violations of the rules within that world as set up. But then, that’s true of most superhero movies. Not going to give chapter and verse, I don’t care enough about it to argue the points in a nit-picking way. Just sayin’.