I walked out of the theater the first time exhilarated, and I may have given it 5 stars at that moment. Went back a couple weeks and it completely fell flat. I think there's just too much going on here. No pacing. The volume is always on 10. Overall better than the average action movie, and the emphasis on physicality and real sets is appreciated, but definitely not living up to the hype.
We will probably never know how Heath Ledger's death has affected our reaction to his role as Joker in this film, but regardless his performance is brilliant. This is easily the best Batman film, and probably the best super-hero film made so far, capturing the moral subtlety of Gotham perfectly.
While Nolan's filmmaking is occasionally bland & televisual, weighed down by unnecessary exposition, TDK nonetheless emerges as an engaging & powerful treatise on the morality of vigilantism, the dualism between good & evil, & the reality of how readily the former can be corrupted by tragic circumstances. The subtext is alive with issues of post-millennium terror, giving the action a much deeper emotional resonance.
Goyer's bad script. CHECK. Nolan's incapability to pace his film and to not threat his audience like children. CHECK. Generic Hans Zimmer Soundtrack. CHECK. The Bat voice. TRIPLE CHECK. Completely ruining the noir like elements of the series in exchange for a poor man's Heat. ULTRAAA COMBO. And yet, I don't hate this enormously overrated film. And we all know why: Heath Leager. He is the only reason this film exists.
Like the best comic adaptations, The Dark Knight explores the psychological side of its main characters. A legendary performance by Heath Ledger, but my only real knock is how lame Batman seems. Why does he growl?
I tend to ignore most of the super-hero movies that come out, however I went to see this one on the cinema and just re-watched it a couple of days ago and is still a very powerful movie. It's so well made and with such a strong concept that the fact that there's this man dressed like a bat doesn't even look ridiculous. The Joker and his fascination with chaos and anarchy are the driving force, but I loved Two-Face!
Like the first film in the trilogy, the dark, noirish world that Nolan creates is what sticks out most for me. A great action film and unless TDKR proves otherwise, the best comic book adaptation I have seen. My only complaint, and what holds it back from 5/5 for me, is that Nolan sometimes seems to stretch sequences out far too much (which he did even more in Inception), so things felt a bit longer than necessary.
Considering that the woefully scripted and brown-colored "Batman Begins" is one of my least favorite Batman movies, I was doubly pleased when Nolan returned with a film that has already proven itself one of the greatest comic book adaptations of all time. In the sequel, Gotham City is posited as the main character - much the same way that Los Angeles dominated "Heat" - as each of our leads fights for its very soul.