Batman - The Dark Knight - Notepad

wogma rating: Pride of your DVD shelf (?)
quick review:

A finely crafted film which transcends the Super Hero genre and stands as an allegory of our times.



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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Plot Summary

Batman tries to clean up Gotham City with the help of Lt. Gordon and the new District Attorney, Harvey Dent. Into this situation, enters the Joker, who forces the Batman to make choices which have devastating consequences for all concerned.

What Worked

  • The action scenes are superbly done; one, where Batman goes to Hong Kong and “extradites” an accountant who launders money for the crime families, and two, the chase sequence where the Joker is arrested by Lt. Gordon, with the help of the Batman and Harvey Dent.
  • The dialogues between Michael Caine and Christian Bale coruscate with subtle wit and meaning. As also the scenes written for the Joker; the scene where he disrupts a meeting of the crime bosses is adroitly written and excellently enacted so as to manifest the immanent violence and menace of the Joker’s character. The soundtrack is also very well done: in the Joker’s scenes the soundtrack goes all hiss and buzz in a spiraling droning sort of way which only amplifies the sense of menace and disorientation

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The sound track is muted, and this sometimes affects the comprehension of the dialogues as our audiences are not used to “soft” speech and keep making sounds to fill up the void! This is not a black mark against the Director, but against the multiplex audience!


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.