The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Outstanding - emer breen

10 Points

Viewer Rating:emer breen has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

Dark Knight Review The praise Expectations for The Dark Knight, the sequel to Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins were astronomical after a brilliant and well publicised marketing campaign. This set me thinking that surely the film can't live up to the hype. It proves both right and wrong, as The Dark Knight didn't just live up to my expectations, it broke through my wildest dreams… Feverish action, dazzling spectacle, devilish fun, this film is director Christopher Nolan's absolute stunner of a follow-up to 2005's Batman Begins. Nolan and his co-writer brother saw a chance to go deeper into familiar characters and mythology, a chance to meditate on darker-than-usual themes and a chance to disturb us in the ways these kinds of movies rarely do. Full of unexpected surprises, intense, gritty, dark and heaps of fun all at the same time – easily the best comic based film ever! Before you go and see the film, forget the great things you've heard about it. No matter how lavish the praise or how determined the hyperbole, it's all understatement. The Dark Knight is, for me, the greatest superhero movie ever made. It goes far beyond the limited men in tights genre that attempting to compare it with movies like Spider-Man, Superman, or even Batman Begins is almost laughable. The movie exudes a predatory glamour that makes the comic-book films that have come before it look all the more like kid stuff. The Dark Knight, this ominously complex and exciting sequel to Batman Begins is jammed with thorny underworld conspiracies, obscenely oversize tank-cars, and action scenes that teeter madly out of control, all blanketed by the psychotic musings of a terrifying villain so warped he turns crime into a contest. Director Christopher Nolan's film trumps everything and everyone, including himself. It's not just the best superhero movie ever made, it's one of the best movies ever to show up on screen. I really enjoyed it that much! Having said all that, I will admit that the film is by no means perfect but nonetheless, a very impressive movie that left me walking out of the cinema so moved, so amazed, and so extraordinarily impacted by the masterpiece I had just watched. I was not a huge fan of the other Batman movies but this is a different animal altogether…..The Dark Knight is entirely incomparable to any other previous superhero movie. It twists and turns nearly every twenty minutes and kept me on the edge of my seat, gasping for air, adrenaline pumping and my heart rate accelerating, throughout all 160 minutes of it. Not only is the story amazing, but the film combines that with phenomenal action scenes for a result that is an utterly flawless combination of an intricate story laced with intense action. The plot In The Dark Knight, Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organisations that plague the streets of Gotham city. They are working well as a team but 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. With the arrival of Harvey Dent, the district attorney's office is no longer afraid to tackle crime that plagues the streets. This leaves Batman feeling that his presence isn't as necessary as it once was. Because of this he ponders giving up his life of crime-fighting for a normal life with Rachel Dawes. When she chooses shining knight - Harvey over Bruce, she can't even bring herself to tell him and instead writes a letter which she gives to Alfred. What's more, thanks to Batman's crime-fighting spree— a void has opened up. Into that space steps the Joker (Heath Ledger), a sick puppy in colourful clown makeup who wants to make the world feel his pain. Always a consummate professional, Ledger threw himself into a role he clearly relished, giving a transfixing performance as a god of chaos whose hard-core nihilism is bone-chilling. He has no scruples, no morals, no goal except anarchy. As Alfred so wittingly explains, "Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn." The Joker Before I went in, I had heard endless debate and hype about the quality of Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker. Was it as good as everyone is saying or is there an unwritten rule that everyone is supposed to say how great he is in it no matter what? Since he passed away, I knew he'd be getting rave reviews no matter what and I'd be frowned upon if I said any different. But WOW, I have no doubt in my mind that Heath Ledger deserves an Oscar for his chilling and awesomely convincing performance as the joker. A spectacular bank job with a gruesome aftermath introduces Heath Ledger's Joker. He treats this stunningly staged bank robbery like his private video game with accomplices in Joker masks, blood spurting and only one winner. When he makes a pencil disappear into the head of one of the mobsters in a shocking moment, you won't know whether to laugh out loud, crawl behind your seat or just scream in terror when faced with the wicked ways of this psychopathic clown. In most movies the bad guy threatens to do something horrific, but in the end is stopped as the forces of evil are overpowered but not here. When the Joker threatens to kill someone close to Batman, he does. When the Joker threatens to blow up a hospital, he does. Miles from Jack Nicholson's broadly funny take on the role in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, Ledger takes the role to the shadows….no plastic mask for Ledger. His scary-funny performance is instilled in us with the creepiness of his image; his face is caked with wild, gaudy makeup that highlights the red scar of a grin and looks as if he'd drawn it on with crayons and messed it up with tears, the grungy greasy long hair and the yellowing teeth of a hound fresh out of hell. The ghostly rotting paint job covers his scarred smile (and is explained by a back story that gives you the willies, even if he just made it up). To this clown King of crime, a knife is preferable to a gun, better to "savour the moment." The Joker's sadism is limitless, and he takes an ever so masochistic delight in being punched and bloodied to a pulp. It was, for me, the absolute best performance in a comic book movie I've ever seen. He is at all times completely believable, at all times relentlessly disturbing, at all times nightmarishly frightening and at all times violently creepy. And ultimately, the performance is top notch. He turns slaughter into a punchline; he's a homicidal comedian with an audience of one — himself. In this, the last performance he completed before his death, Ledger had a maniacal gusto inspired enough to suggest that he might have lived to be as audacious an actor as Marlon Brando, and maybe as great. Dare I say, even Batman himself is made to feel like only a secondary character. It really was the performance of a lifetime for Ledger, and one which is so utterly tragic. If Ledger gets an Oscar, it won't be out of sympathy or sentimentality, it will be because it was a performance worth praise, reward and admiration. Ledger leaves a legacy unlike anything that has ever been seen in a comic book film adaptation as Batman's nemesis. The action The script was fantastic. The story moved forward at all times, the dialog was crisp, at times profound and always in character relative to the scenario. The way all the key characters are used in vital ways in the plot…all interconnecting in a very natural way… never forced… was something to see. The action in The Dark Knight was non-stop, quick paced and remarkable. "The Dark Knight" is, in two words, “pure adrenaline”. And I'm not just talking about fight scenes. There are a couple of scenes that are more like heist movies than comic book ones and they totally work. I could just sit and watch this movie on mute again and I'd probably still like it just as much. The camera work is also much better for the fight and action in this movie than they were in the original which was quite a relief since that was one of my complaints about Batman Begins. Batman flies around the skyscrapers of Gotham and Hong Kong, rips through any number of villains with his martial arts, tears through streets in his armour-clad, two-wheeled Bat-Pod and has more tech backup than James Bond. While all modern movie action is visual-effects driven, the stunt work in "Dark Knight" looks like it's happening on the streets and not in a computer….very impressive stuff. Cinematography, screenplay and direction Speaking of cinematography, screenplay and direction… it was stunning. I am convinced after seeing this film that Nolan may be one of our greater talents out there today. He has not made a bad film yet and this film might be his crowning achievement. Visually speaking, the camera did as much work in The Dark Knight communicating elements to the audience as the dialog did. It was never over the top or gimmicky either. Each shot felt purposefully selected to aide in communication the underlaying emotion and experiences of the characters on screen… while at the same time giving us a sense of vastness to the scope of the shots. The actors The performances are all remarkable - top notch. My theory has always been, the better quality of actors in an action film, the better your film will be. Christian Bale, Caine, Gary Oldman (who was especially good with a much bigger and more important role this time around), Eric Roberts… the list goes on and on. When an entire cast does such a good job, you have to look at the director. Christopher Nolan – well done! My only complaint, and it's a minor one with Bale is at times, I think the Batman voice sounds too much like a grunt!! Michael Caine's butler extraordinaire, Alfred, and Morgan Freeman's scientific genius, Lucius, have settled into their dutiful roles as oases of the expected when all else is unexpected. Maggie Gyllenhaal (who took over for Katie Holmes) actually made Rachel Dawes a good character instead of the drippy annoying one that Holmes managed to make her out to be. The Dawes character is, without doubt, an important one. Gyllenhaal made her work well and gives her character a much more layered feel to it then Mrs. Cruise did. Aaron Eckhart does a powerful job transforming from Harvey Dent to Two Face. He really is grotesque, and his make up is a really convincing special effect. He would not have been my first choice for Harvey Dent but he seems incredibly right for it. But it should be noted that, for me, there's only one true villain in this movie….I will say again that Heath Ledger's performance is nothing short of spectacular. His take on the Joker is so menacing, you aren't laughing at his jokes like you were with Nicholson. At times, you are laughing a nervous chuckle at his pure psychotic behaviour. It is this mesmerizing performance that Ledger immerses himself in and truly makes it his own. He is a landmark villain for this genre of film and is by far the most superior actor in a truly spectacular cast. It's a shame that he is gone and not here to receive the recognition he so well deserves. The flaws One of my few complaints about The Dark Knight was that it was too long (over 2.5 hours). At about the 2 hour mark I was ready to call The Dark Knight the best film of the year so far, so why not stop there? After this point, a major component of the story gets finished… and it was the perfect time to stop the movie and leave the door open to the next film. But instead Nolan felt the need to tell another part to the story in this same movie. That took away the fast paced, energy and focus of the film. Pity Nolan felt the need to drag out what was already a complex, intricately woven story. At times, I did feel that there was just too much going on, and as a result Batman once again takes a back seat to a whole myriad of characters. They all tie into the story, but with a few slight changes, they could have been eliminated so that we could spend more time with the main character. This is meant to be a Batman movie after all! In addition to Rachel, Harvey, Joker, Scarecrow, Gordon, Alfred, Lucius Fox, and Marconi, there's a guy a Wayne Enterprises who stumbles upon some documents and finds out who Batman is and a tv reporter played by Anthony Michael Hall. There are so many people in this movie that I felt some of the character development suffers as a result. A film that raises the bar…. I know that sounds like I'm finding lots of flaws, but in the grand scope of all the awesomeness that happens in the movie, these are only minor issues. The movie is fantastic. It might be crowded, but it's great to see that comic book movies no longer exist to sell toys. Chris Nolan has created a haunting movie so thick with atmosphere, that even the most cynical of fans won't be able to resist. While I felt it was too long, it definitely raises the bar for the comic book genre. It is an ambitious, wonderfully told, magnificently acted and beautifully shot comic book movie. Without a doubt, the Dark Knight rises above the spectre of the super hero movies out there and establishes itself as a chilling crime epic filled with intrigues and plot twists that can easily define itself as ranking amongst one of the best films (not just comic book films) of the year so far. Repeat viewings are a certainty. In fact, repeat viewings might also be a necessity. No one will follow all the plot points at first glance. The film merits a second analysis, to enjoy the full glory of the many urban battlefield strategies. It's up to us fans and movie goers to embrace this style of film, but it certainly has the potential to change the comic book genre forever……watch this space!

Review published on the 29 July 2008 16:10

Disclaimer

The opinions expressed here are those of the viewer and do not reflect those of Entertainment.ie. Entertainment.ie accepts no responsibility, legal or otherwise, for their accuracy of content. Please contact us to report abusive content

More uLike Viewer Reviews

Watch me make this pencil disappear - ging-grr

When first I heard that Heath Ledger had been cast as the Joker, I was wary. Sure he appeared to have talet, but I wasn't sure that he could play the psychotic Joker as I wanted him to be played.... MORE
21 September 2011 11:21

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

amazing!!! - suziegrai

i love batman,,, this was exciting.. watch it over and over again... MORE
07 August 2011 21:31

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

BRILLIANT! - ThatGirlxXxX

The Dark Knight is one of my favourite movies, it is brilliant! I loved Batman Begins but The Dark Knight is even better! I cannot wait to see The Dark Knight Rises although it won't b the same... MORE
13 July 2011 12:27

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Knock out performance as joker - shelly87

The movie is all most two and half hours of knock out action. Its an amazing piece of filmmaking that rockets the batman legacy to heights never imagined. Fueled by Heath Ledgers re-invention as the... MORE
06 November 2010 15:40

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

Not a bad film at all - Crazy

The plot involves the Joker's attempts to humiliate the forces for good and expose Batman' secret identity, showing him to be a poser and a fraud. Batman poses a more complex puzzle than usual: The... MORE
10 October 2010 20:00

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

AMAZING - Patrick

This is an unbelieveable film that sets a point for other(particularly comic adaptions) to reach. Great story, good effects and dazzling performances(particularly by the late Ledger) which will go... MORE
29 October 2009 13:12

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Hang on to your seats guys! - chris Folliard

Im a Very massive batman fan and have all the movies on dvd.Hang on to your seats everyone ,because your about to be blown away. This isn't just the best Batman movie ever made, this is one of the... MORE
19 October 2009 17:55

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

BEST MOVIE OF ALL - WATCH HEATH LEDGER - TERMINATOR

THE DARK KNIGHT STARRING CHRISTIAN BALE HEATH LEDGER AARON ECKHART GARY OLDHAM MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL MORGAN FREEMAN MICHAEL CAINE WATCH THE BIGGEST BEST BATMAN 2H26 HRS DVD MORE
07 April 2009 12:08

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Unique - Patrick Miller

Sure the summary could be more interesting but to be honest I've been trying to actually get down to writing a review for this since it came out. I've been banging my head against a wall with the... MORE
18 December 2008 16:16

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

magic, eh? no - 123dogboy

batman doesn't save anyone? he constantly feels sorry for himself? the joker would never use a knife cos its not funny(maybe a spoon) , long and boring and how come the joker could plant so many... MORE
13 December 2008 02:14

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 1 Star

 

Batman - Keith

Heath Ledger made this film and it was awesome.Christian bale was pretty good too.there was no flaws in this film for me anyway MORE
25 November 2008 22:29

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

amazing - kate luvs scott

omg this was amazing i loved it and heath ledger was BRILLIANT!!he was d best joker by far!!cnt wait 4 dis 2 cum out on dvd!! MORE
24 November 2008 12:08

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Action Film of the decade. - gapmunky

Dark as night and nearly as long, Christopher Nolan's new Batman movie feels like a beginning and something of an end. Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, it... MORE
17 November 2008 20:52

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Excellent - me

I am not your usual Batman fan but after reading many excellent reviews I had to go see it, and I was not disappointed. This film is very dark, violent, creepy, with slight humour, fantastic acting... MORE
03 November 2008 14:26

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Absolutely Brilliant - Warr W62

Many words can describe how great The Dark Knight is, that cant be said about any other film, just a brilliantly acted film with fantastic performances with the biggest coming from the joker and... MORE
10 October 2008 22:49

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Leaving you wanting more - review queen

This was a great movie till the two face story line blurred the plot - would have been great with just the Joker on his own - who was phenomenal.. Looking forward to the next installment MORE
10 October 2008 14:54

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

Unblievable! - hellcat1983

This is The Lord Of The Rings of 2008, only much much darker, better acted and better written. This is no doubt every bit as good as you've heard. Christian Bale reprises his role as the hoarse... MORE
02 October 2008 16:39

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Why only 4 stars? - Locky

This is the greatest film ever made, if not one of them. the joker is unbelievable. I was sceptic at the start as I though everyone was saying it was great because of heath ledgers death... but it is... MORE
01 October 2008 16:46

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Over-rated director + Over-rated actor = Over-rated film - Justin

There's little point in trying to be heard over inhuman fanboy squeals of delight, but ultimately The Dark Knight is a surprisingly dull film that relies on a sub-woofer physical assault rather than... MORE
29 September 2008 19:49

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

Stunning - spikeprint

When movie studio's start acting like they give a toss about their audience, making blockbusters with decent plot, acting, etc., they should be rewarded. With massive cinema attendance. When they... MORE
27 September 2008 12:01

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

4 start that could of been a 5 . its still a must see - elexes

Here is a movie I've been waiting on for some time. Ever since they announced that the cast was going to still hold onto Christian bale as batman/Bruce Wayne I knew that I wasn't going to be let... MORE
20 September 2008 09:31

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

Worth seeing - Janet

The hype about Heath Ledger in this film is well warranted and he will certainly be posthumously nominated for an Oscar but it's not his best role. It is Batman after all! There is a good performance... MORE
10 September 2008 18:09

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

FAAAAAAANTASTIC - nejjerooney

I don't think I've ever screamed with excitement in a cinema before but I did when watching this, the special effects were amazing & the Joker?? WELL.... everyone else knows, he played as such a... MORE
10 September 2008 16:55

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Masterpiece - Fabien Oman

Excitable film critics, days before its release, hailed The Dark Knight as the new great American film. Cue pompous laughter from artistic snobs everywhere. 'A truly brilliant film? Oh, come on, it's... MORE
07 September 2008 22:52

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

excellent - sarah87

Heath ledger's portrayal as the joker is better than i ever could have imagined! the storyline is brilliant and keeps you at the edge of your seat. Well worth the wait and the extra money it costs... MORE
02 September 2008 11:06

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Perfect! - Becks

Absolutely perfect. MORE
01 September 2008 22:33

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

the joker is amazing ! 5 stars - emmo

this is a very good film ! i thought that the character played by christian bale was brilliant. his moral judgement came into judge when batman had to turn himself in , however he did the right... MORE
31 August 2008 13:28

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Darker than the bottom of a pint of Guinness - Keith R

Chris Nolan's abandonment of the camp stylings that had dogged the Batman films since Tim Burton's 1989 original saw the caped crusader's welcome return to top form in 2005's Batman Begins. The... MORE
27 August 2008 18:39

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

It was the way it was meant to be - maxster1976

Christopher Nolans Batman takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the darkness that is Batman and Jokers feud. This review isn't going to delve into how spectacular Heath ledgers... MORE
27 August 2008 01:11

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Batman Returns (in style): - cantonaisking77

Having scrolled to the bottom of the Dark Knight reviews page, past more 5stars and "amazing" reviews than one man can handle, I cast my mind back to the moment I left the cinema &... MORE
26 August 2008 17:42

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

excellent - mbucklee - mbucklee

Overall an excellent movie, barely allows you up for air, clung to my seat with excitement. It makes the old batman movies look like a poor mans version in comparison. Ledger was awe inspiring as the... MORE
26 August 2008 15:51

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

FANTASTIC!!!! - Ryanocerus

FANTASTIC!!!! MORE
26 August 2008 12:32

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

confusing but good action - conor

a lot of action makes up for a confusing story line.i sat in the cinema not knowing what was goin on but at least the action scenes were plentyful and action packed MORE
26 August 2008 10:47

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

Dark but thoughtful.......... - nedi911

Great storyline,amazing acting,a sense of sadness as you realize the man that made the film so entertaining is not here to receive the praise he deserves for one of his toughest but best roles!! The... MORE
25 August 2008 21:54

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

The Darkest Yet! - njohnston

Had expected great things from this movie, certainly not disappointed. Ledger was outstanding. Such a shame he can't be here to enjoy the success of this classic. The same story with the same... MORE
25 August 2008 09:20

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

New Improved Sequel but not perfect - pandabat

The Joker comes to Gotham and Batman must fight against the villian's anarchical, chaotic approach to crime and life which itself rubs off the city, on the hero's alter ego's life and the people... MORE
22 August 2008 15:42

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

brill, defo a must see!! - comics queen

this is defo one of the best batman film EVER!! joker was great,very dark and sinister!it was abit on the long side, really feel that some scenes could have been cut back!but all and all great... MORE
22 August 2008 12:47

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

5 star - Good_Choice

One of the best films I have ever seen and surprisingly lived up to my expectations for a change. MORE
21 August 2008 18:13

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

THE DARK NIGHT - BAZ

THE DARK NIGHT THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR THE JOKER WAS AMAZING MORE
21 August 2008 16:38

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Give us a break! - The Penguin

Yes, the acting, direction, special effects, etc., are brilliant but The Dark Knight is so dark and depressing that I had to go see Mama Mia! afterwards as an antidote. Don't get me wrong. I have... MORE
19 August 2008 19:01

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 2 Star

 

Brilliant - Wayne

This was by far, the movie of the year. Heath Ledgers flawless Joker act was amazing and really worked well to the image. Although, there is a certain lack of action during the movie I must say and... MORE
19 August 2008 18:43

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

Unbelievable - edel mccrudden2

Heath Ledger occupied the role of the Joker in such a way that will make an future actor/director think twice about trying to emulate him. It's was just outstanding and while I'm a massive fan of... MORE
19 August 2008 15:10

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Batman and JOker - nicenic

I loved that movie, it is soo intense and especially bith roles batman and Joker are soo played well I just watched it 3 times already. I think it breaks with the settings of gotham city to be... MORE
18 August 2008 17:35

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Darker and darker down the rabbit-hole we go - rosiemac

I can't say I hadn't been looking forward to it. Released while I was abroad, The Dark Knight brought rave reviews, endless speculation - did Heath overdose because playing the Joker troubled his... MORE
17 August 2008 18:34

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

AMAZING !!!! - Becks

i love this movie !! seen it 5 times !!!!!! nd i love the joker !!!!!!!! i cant believe he has to be recast :( rip heath ledger MORE
15 August 2008 23:27

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

AMAZIN - courtneykennedy

i loved this movie. it appeares that this movie is to long for ppl put it it worth it as its amazin to watch i loved it so much my favourite bit was the joke that the joker did with the pencil haha.... MORE
12 August 2008 14:56

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Boring and too llong - Folo

The film starts off well, and the first hour and and half is engaging and enjoyable. But after that the plot gets more and more ridiculous, and over sentimental dialogue takes up far too much time.... MORE
12 August 2008 13:22

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

batman nananananaaaaaaaa batman - emz

i loved this movie, saw it while i was on holiday in america and was the best money i spent the whole time absolutly brilliant!!!! MORE
10 August 2008 23:19

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Brilliant - Mark Punch

This film was class. Batman and Wall E the two films of the year. MORE
08 August 2008 13:12

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

dark knight - jj nolan

do you wanna know how i got these scares MORE
07 August 2008 18:37

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

brilliant !! - Maryheavey

this film was the best film that i have seen all year, its not just heath ledgers fantastic and convincing performance of a psychotic lunatic, the whole cast was well chosen with Maggie as a good... MORE
07 August 2008 17:10

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

Batman with Brains - Fee

I've just returned from the cinema having seen The Dark Knight. What a gripping film!. I hate to admit it, after the dreadful review he wrote for Mamma Mia, but I find myself agreeing with most of... MORE
07 August 2008 00:16

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

Fantastic!! - Tim_90

This film is full of pure acting brilliance. Heath Ledger delivers a stunnung performance in this dark and exciting story. This is definitely the best batman movie to date and is oscar deserving in... MORE
06 August 2008 16:30

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Not your average bat - Sab

Being the most hyped up film of the summer, The Dark Knight had a lot to live up to. The mystery that surrounds the film as a result of Heath Ledger's recent tragic death has only added to the... MORE
06 August 2008 14:50

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

darknight101 - dazzermovieman

I went to see it with a couple of friends and i thought it was absolutely brilliant and if yo have not seen the first 1 then go rent it out because you will be lost with the story but if you want to... MORE
06 August 2008 12:41

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

amazing - xxlynchyxx

this film was absolutely fantastic. for anyone who is a batman fan and knows all the stories of batman is going to really love this movie. what a performance by heath ledge the only problem with that... MORE
05 August 2008 17:15

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

want to see it again - lucy

it was brillant even better than i expected. Heath Ledger brillant as the joker.. want to see it again... MORE
05 August 2008 16:32

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Wow - lily

For someone who is not into Batman i have to say that i loved this move. Heath Ledger (RIP)was amazing in it!! One of this years must sees!!! MORE
05 August 2008 16:31

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Very Very Good! - sonia

I have to say I am sooo not a fan of Batman movies. For one I don't like sci-fi movies, and two I've always found them too dark and never liked the story-lines. I would however definitely recommend... MORE
05 August 2008 14:37

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

SUPER SPECIAL AWSOME !!! - Fitzy

Quite simply a must see. super action scenes, special effects you cant imagine, Awsome. You have to see it to belive it. MORE
05 August 2008 12:48

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Fantastic - Shelly

This movie is unmissable. Heath Ledger(RIP) played the best joker i've ever seen, he really made the character his own and Chirstian Bale put in a great performance as well. Everyone should see this... MORE
05 August 2008 11:00

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

wow!!! - whytey141

love it!:)!!! heath ledger was AMAZING playing the joker!!! so scary seemingly and so believable! MORE
04 August 2008 19:42

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

WOW - donna

best film i've seen for AGES! fabulous! didnt want it to end, not a bad word to say, fantastic! MORE
03 August 2008 23:53

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Excellent and Dark! - AmyMcGarrigle

I loved it. Properly loved it. There was an element of unruliness and unpredictability that kept me on my seat. MORE
03 August 2008 22:52

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Batman Tastic ! - nichola929292

This is unmissable movie ! the joker is amazing and so funny, i cant wait to go see it again. That has got to be the best film Heath Ledger had ever done. Although there is alot of killing in it dont... MORE
03 August 2008 19:56

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

good - doc

it was pretty good, u wouldnt even notice that its a long film! thought that heath ledger was class but the man who played batman was kinda crap.good film though MORE
03 August 2008 18:02

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

Dark Knight up there with the greats. - David B

The Nolan brothers deserve massive credit for making a blockbuster which doesnt conform to ANY of the trends which are usually found in a superhero movie. The film is as close to a masterpiece as its... MORE
03 August 2008 13:03

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Bat dropping! - slick

Noooooo...this polished production left us disturbed and in need of a pint. Batman seems like a villain, Joker will give you nightmares (excellent Heath Ledger R.I.P.), the story is too convoluted... MORE
03 August 2008 01:19

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 1 Star

 

not a joke in sight! - Plant

Batman ironically has a problem when clone batman's turn up as vigilantes! This film I'm sorry to have to say didn't Zap, Pap or WoW me….the acting is particularly good from the Heath Ledger... MORE
01 August 2008 19:29

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 2 Star

 

joker wit no jokes,batman wit no weapons - ged duffy

why didnt the villians use there guns instead of fist fighting like the programme POOW,WHOO,WHACK, batman had no weapons which is wot he is all about no a jackie chan who goes around kicking the head... MORE
01 August 2008 15:05

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 2 Star

 

best Joker EVER! - movielover

I loved this film, although the story seemed rushed at the end especially with Harvey Dent's story. But the Joker stole the show. Heath was fantastically brilliant and he brought the only humor to... MORE
01 August 2008 12:51

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

the dark night - xox1o1hjxox1o1

the dark night is a haunted movie witch all the family would love (only if over 15) DONT MISS OUT p.s,. heath legder rocks in this film MORE
31 July 2008 17:29

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Its a hard life - Siobhan L

Being a Superhero is getting Bruce Wane down. He is misunderstood and can't have the girl of his dreams. The real question is what does the City of Gotham need? and Batman seeks the answer to this... MORE
31 July 2008 12:34

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

dark knight - giovanni

worth seeing but disappointing after the hype. Ledge will win the pity oscar which will ruin future use of the joker in that the next guy will always be compared to ledger. hopfully the next film or... MORE
31 July 2008 10:12

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

Excellent - Sean

This is by far the best batman so far, really dark and full of twists. The joker is brillient MORE
30 July 2008 15:31

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Wunderbar - LMRKMAN

Class movie. The Joker played by Heath Ledger is amazing - very Jack Nicholson'esque. Lots going on and the story is very good and doesn't feel half as long as it actually is. Roll on more Batman... MORE
30 July 2008 14:56

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

OMFG!!! - lucy t

this was such a good film ! i want to go see it again. me and my mate went to seeit and it rocked! a definate must see! MORE
30 July 2008 13:52

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Setting a benchmark for this genre! - mrblue

Lets be clear here, this is the most spectacular superhero movie ever and not just that it is a superhero movie it is as well crafted a Michael Mann epic and the script and dialogs goes way beyond... MORE
30 July 2008 12:01

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

The Bat is Back! - foz_e_bear

A continuation of form on this new route the Batman has taken, Christopher Nolan stole Batman back from the theatrical in Batman Begins, and keeps the Dark Knight dark. It's an excellently filmed,... MORE
30 July 2008 10:20

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

where is the Batman? - paul

'The Joker Movie' would have been a better title for this movie as he is the dominant character here. At the start there's a bank robbery with a twist and things just get more twisted and disturbed... MORE
29 July 2008 23:51

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

absoulutely unmissable, see at all costs - simonconnolly

in 2005 Batman returned under new management. Given the task of re-inventing the series was Christopher Nolan, writer/director of Memento and The Prestige. This man cast Christian Bale. Together they... MORE
29 July 2008 23:15

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

see it on the big screen - b_plant01

Batman, the dark knight... u might be forgiven for thinking that this was about batman, wrong! It's about the Joker, not only does Heath Ledger's acting steal the show, but the character the Joker is... MORE
29 July 2008 23:02

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

batman is annoying joker is terrifying! - Anne

I loved the film , not being a major fan of Batman this took me by surprise.Bale isn't the hero of the movie though, he became more like an extra than the main actor. Ledger, Freeman, even Arron... MORE
29 July 2008 21:43

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

LOVED IT! - Gerdy

best movie i've seen so far! heath ledger - what an actor! *tear* MORE
29 July 2008 21:22

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

overrated - d8runner

i was really looking forward to seeing this film and boy was i disappointed. the opening hour or so was brilliant, all tight dialogue and perfectly timed action, but then the whole thing fell apart:... MORE
29 July 2008 18:03

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 2 Star

 

excellent - stonecold

a must see. brill film . Heath Ledger as the joker was unreal. loved every min of it. custumes special effects where excellent. the dark night has it all. a must see. MORE
29 July 2008 16:53

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Dark and smart! - Niall c

Th first thing I must say, is that this film is not for kids! There is not much of Batman, and you start to think is he the sub-plot. The best ting about this film is the joker, wonderfully played by... MORE
29 July 2008 16:12

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

An excellent movie for 80 minutes - hedonaut

Make no mistake, this is the best Batman movie, possibly the best hollywood superhero movie made in recent times. Christopher Nolan has done for the superhero movie what Paul Greengrass did for the... MORE
29 July 2008 14:50

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

brilliant but flawed - batfan

first of all i will get the flaws out of the way- the film is twenty minutes too long, they needed a better actor than Aaron Echart to play Harvey (think he was cast cause of his good lucks) and it... MORE
29 July 2008 13:14

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 1 Star

 

Want to see a magic trick?? - Aurora Belle

Admittedly I would never have called myself a fan of the superhero genre although recent flicks such as 'Iron Man' and 'Hancock' have challenged my previous viewpoint. 'The Dark Knight' impressed me... MORE
28 July 2008 22:59

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Enjoyable..but LONG!! - Foxyred

Bale's Batman IS superior to keaton and kilmer, however his 'had too whisky and fags' gravelly voice when in the batsuit is a little too much! I found i did'nt empathize with Batman in this movie,as... MORE
28 July 2008 22:37

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

awesome - jazzyb12

this is the best film that i can remember i am so happy i went to see it. batman begins was not great so i wasn't expecting much but the dark knight was brilliant MORE
28 July 2008 18:33

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Aidan C - Aidan

Anyone that gives this a poor rating dosnt know anything about movies!! Batman is a vigilante and was never known as a hero in the comics. Christopher Nolan brought back Batman from despair after... MORE
28 July 2008 16:57

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you... stranger - Severian

Following immediately on from the events of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight opens on a crisis situation within Gotham City's underworld. Batman's (Christian Bale) one-man war against the city's... MORE
28 July 2008 15:57

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Overrated!!! - Wheeler 1

this movie is the most over rated flick in years, a batman movie that batman wasnt the central character, the plot was a mess, Ledger was pretty good as the joker but im not seeing an Oscar going to... MORE
28 July 2008 15:19

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 2 Star

 

1 hour too long - OC

The Dark Knight is an unusual film in that it's the first time I would've rated a film higher if it had ended an hour earlier. The first hour and a half is really enjoyable and then the story seems... MORE
28 July 2008 14:19

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

yeah a good film to watch in the cinema i suppose - Narvikstar

First of all, i'm with that girl Susan who went to see the dark knight in the reel in blackpool last night....who is their right mind would bring their 4 year old child to the cinema at that hour of... MORE
28 July 2008 12:17

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

Felt saddened for Batman - Gillian

Really liked the film despite it having too many characters and a little too much going on. Ledger was great, as he was in everything but think it's a shame if this is considered his best role... MORE
28 July 2008 10:33

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

WOW! - Susan - Cork

OK! so i went to see this last night, having spoken to my sister who had been to see it the previous night and said that it was fab! Went to the 8.30 showing in the Reel in Blackpool and before i... MORE
28 July 2008 10:30

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

BATMAN BACK ON TRACK - markmulvihill

DON'T MISS THIS ONE..HEATH LEDGER AND CHRISTIAN BALE ARE SUPERB IN THIS DARK CLOCKWORK ORANGESQUE MOVIE..LOYAL BATMAN MOVIE LOVERS WHO WERE FORCED TO STRUGGLE THROUGH A FEW TURKEYS WILL FEEL BETTER... MORE
28 July 2008 08:41

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Words cannot describe... - byrnebabybyrne

AWESOME. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. MORE
28 July 2008 02:46

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

wow! - carol

The special effects are fantastic. Best seen in the cinema! I never got bored and it is the best Batman...ever! Heath Ledger was indescrible, his best film. RIP MORE
27 July 2008 18:15

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Brilliant! - bridgetod

The Dark Knight was brilliant. Ledger was amazing funny at times in a weird way. Christian Bale was good also but im afraid the bike was a bit out there? Overall was a good watch! MORE
27 July 2008 15:13

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

What the hell - Tom 91

It is a sad sight when an extraordinary film gets such an ordinary and common review. "The Dark Knight" is one of those rare treasures that comes along once in a life time and for the... MORE
26 July 2008 21:48

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

batman! - xxperfectauthorxx

bruce wayne,joker.harvey dent. the main characters above, this film was two hours and thirty two minutes! very long but you wouldnt think so at all during the film! jokers back and wants to see the... MORE
26 July 2008 20:30

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Why So Serious? - mountainmojo

I first got my first taste of this movie at Christmas when I went to see I am Legend at an Imax Cinema. Instead of the normal 4 or 5 trailers they showed the complete opening sequence Bank Heist of... MORE
26 July 2008 16:43

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Slaughter is the best medicine - norm

What a show! Completely lives up to the hype, which is unusual for a blockbuster. I think all Batman fans should be thanking the Nolan brothers profusely for taking Batman from the gutter of the mid... MORE
26 July 2008 12:23

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Amazing - galway89

Anyone who thought that Heath Ledger's death would surely have cast a long shadow over the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight, was right. Amid the hype and intrigue surrounding the release of this... MORE
25 July 2008 23:49

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Amazing...!! - Sexy

I went to see this in Dundrum on Thursday, having seen Batman Begins on Sunday(which i thought was amazing!) but i was completely blown away. It was so good and Heath Ledger was outstanding! I'm... MORE
25 July 2008 22:21

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS FILM - chrissb7

Batman delivers on a large scale off the much anticipated 'movie of the year' it not only oozes this title but wears it with pride and dares to go beyond boundaries and land in the honoured area off... MORE
25 July 2008 22:18

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Great in parts - critical mass

Ledger Is really good. Strangely some of his 'Jokerisms' reminded me of 'Beetlejuice'. Sorry! But it's true. Overall liked the movie. Christian Bale is superb as Batman. It's a pity some of the movie... MORE
25 July 2008 19:25

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

the holy grail of blockbusters!!! - sarah

This lived up to all my expectations, believe the hype, believe the reviews cose its all true. its very dark, very action packed, the complete package...2 and a half hours long and not for one second... MORE
25 July 2008 18:41

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

not the second coming of christ like every1 says - smiley

great film but its no godfather part 2. heath is unreal,not a great ending tho MORE
25 July 2008 18:13

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

THIS FILM DELIVERS!!! - Kyon

Awesome...A lot of hype but still delivers and yes, Ledger is amazing!!! MORE
25 July 2008 15:37

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Best Batman Movie Ever!! - mia

Best Batman ever and one of the best films I have ever seen. Amazing!! MORE
25 July 2008 13:32

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Flawless - Cascarino

"The Dark Knight" is quite simply the best "Superhero" film of all time, jaw-droppingly brilliant and devastatingly sharp from start to finish. And I have NEVER been a big fan of... MORE
25 July 2008 11:47

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Great Film worth the watch - catherine_238

I went to see this film not seeing any of the other batman films. It was a great film and i thought Heath Ledger was brilliant in it his best performance maybe! I would definatly go see this film... MORE
25 July 2008 10:24

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

The Dark Night - Its true

Apart from my backside being numb by the end of this film it was brilliant. A defo go see film. Heath ledger done it brilliantly played it better than anybody!! MORE
25 July 2008 08:49

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Belive The Hype its Brilliant - jennith

I was a bit concerned going to see this film considering the hype and the acclaim of the late Heath Ledger performance as the joker, but my concerns were unfounded this film is brilliant and by far... MORE
25 July 2008 08:37

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

The Joker v's Batman - emw

I started to watch this movie prepared to be blown away by Heath Ledger's performance of the joker - he didn't disappoint. He carried out a great performance of the joker but I could easily relate... MORE
25 July 2008 08:08

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Worth a look,but not a must see... - Badonicus

The hype for this film is the Joker and the late Heath Ledger. Hence the 158million or so green backs spent in the US. And while yes, Ledger is beyond superb as the Joker, the film wrapped around him... MORE
25 July 2008 01:48

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 4 Star

 

Dark Knight - &Iknowmovies

STUNNING........ MORE
24 July 2008 21:02

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Believe The Hype... It's All True! - HSP

This movie is already rated as number one on the imdb website which is the place to go for information on anything to do with movies, TV programmes etc. Some people might think it's a bit early to... MORE
24 July 2008 12:57

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

The Batman To End Batman - bigbadbrian

After all the hype,the movie of the years has arrived. And what a movie it is.Its the Batman movie every Batman fan has been waiting for. Its a beast. Its an entity.The acting all round is... MORE
23 July 2008 22:37

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Dark Nite ***** - Paul

One of the best Batman movies so far, this brings out the real darkness of the characters based on the comic books by DC. Heath Ledger gives a fantastic performance as the joker and an award winning... MORE
22 July 2008 23:52

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

The Dark Thoughts - krumbull

Gripping start. Exciting, if a bit conjested, story line. Heartfelt, meaningful ending. I've read reviews poorly measuring this unforgettable film to the animated stuff. Thats weird. I think most... MORE
22 July 2008 22:47

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

The Dark Knight Shines Bright! - Rob

Simply put it is amazing... The only complaint I have is that I was expecting far more of The Joker, and less of Harvey Dent/Two Face. Heath Ledger is phenomenal. MORE
22 July 2008 22:45

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Must see - VincentVega

Let's get one thing straight. This is not a superhero movie because, first and foremost, Batman is not a superhero. He is simply a man, an extraordinary man at that, but a man none the less wearing... MORE
21 July 2008 16:21

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Failed to meet my expectations but still enjoyable - Cyberx_94

Batman the dark knight is the newest film to be based on the adventures of the popular title character. Christopher Nolan directs , while Christian Bale reprises his role as the caped crusader . The... MORE
20 July 2008 18:52

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 3 Star

 

OMG!!!! - amy

“Batman” isn't a comic book anymore. Christopher Nolan's “The Dark Knight” is a haunted film that leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy. It creates... MORE
20 July 2008 03:33

Star Rating: has rated The Dark Knight rating: 5 Star

 

Your Reviews