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The Dark Knight [2008 film] (2008)

by Christopher Nolan (Director/Screenwriter), Jonathan Nolan (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Christian Bale (Actor), Michael Caine (Actor), Nestor Carbonell (Actor), Chin Han (Actor), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Actor)14 more, Nick Davis (Visual effects), Ron Dean (Actor), Aaron Eckhart (Actor), Bill Finger (Original comic book), Morgan Freeman (Actor), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Actor), James Newton Howard (Composer), Bob Kane (Original comic book), Heath Ledger (Actor), Cillian Murphy (Actor), Gary Oldman (Actor), Eric Roberts (Actor), Michael Jai White (Actor), Hans Zimmer (Composer)

Series: The Dark Knight Trilogy (2), Batman Films [chronological] (6)

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With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman raises the stakes on his war on crime and sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker. The Joker, whose eerie grin, laughter, and inhuman morality makes him dangerous. Batman seeks to stop the mysterious Joker at all costs. He has no method at all and seeks to see the world plunge into the fire he has yet to light. But, Batman has come to represents the symbol of hope.… (more)
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The second film in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, this film follows Batman as he seeks to take on a menace in Gotham known as "The Joker". This dark and complex take on DC's famous superhero franchise has earned itself a spot in cinema history, as it and its cast have won numerous accolades and awards. The most notable of these awards, perhaps, belongs to Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor in the year of 2008. Ledger's performance as the Joker has made many reevaluate their opinions of superhero movies, including this reviewer. It is now broadly apparent that superhero films can be as artistic and interesting as any other. ( )
  worcesterc | Jul 2, 2024 |
Acting: 4.5; Theme: 4.5; Content: 4.0; Language: 3.5; Overall: 4.5

Batman (Christian Bale) continues his war against the increasing crime wave engulfing Gotham. He teams up with Lt. Jm Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) to battle the evil schemes and tactics of arch-nemesis, The Joker (Heath Ledger). Highly recommend.

***January 10, 2024*** ( )
  jntjesussaves | Jan 13, 2024 |
amazing, so many plot twists with Joker, it's crazy. ( )
  jackalope1 | Jun 12, 2022 |
No redeeming qualities. I truly hated this movie. It has no soul. It revels in violence and the most gut-wrenching cruelty without offering a single ray of hope. What is the point? Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker is superb - but it is easy to see how it could leave a person deeply disturbed. I have no problem with violent movies - Tarantino, Peckinpah, no problem. But those directors' movies, despite their extremes of violence, still have some sort of human center. The Dark Knight doesn't. ( )
  datrappert | Jun 4, 2022 |
The Joker hatches schemes.

It's not The Perfect Super Hero movie. It is a contender for Best Super Hero Movie, though.

Concept: A
Story: A
Characters: A
Dialog: B
Pacing: A
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: A
Acting: A
Music: A

Enjoyment: A plus

GPA: 3.9/4 ( )
  comfypants | Jan 27, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Nolan, ChristopherDirector/Screenwriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nolan, JonathanScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bale, ChristianActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Caine, MichaelActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carbonell, NestorActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chin HanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Curnen, Monique GabrielaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, NickVisual effectssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dean, RonActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eckhart, AaronActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finger, BillOriginal comic booksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freeman, MorganActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gyllenhaal, MaggieActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Howard, James NewtonComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kane, BobOriginal comic booksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ledger, HeathActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Murphy, CillianActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oldman, GaryActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, EricActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, Michael JaiActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zimmer, HansComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman raises the stakes on his war on crime and sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker. The Joker, whose eerie grin, laughter, and inhuman morality makes him dangerous. Batman seeks to stop the mysterious Joker at all costs. He has no method at all and seeks to see the world plunge into the fire he has yet to light. But, Batman has come to represents the symbol of hope.

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152 minutes, rated PG-13.
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (description taken from IMDB.com)
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