Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Darkest Time -- Batman: The Dark Knight

"The dark before the dawn is the darkest" (I'm not talking about McCaine, although he had some problems with this quote recently.) This is my feeling about the recent Batman movie.

Christopher Nolan, the director had warned us that this will be the darkest Batman movie that ever made. Actually I even think that this is the darkest movie that I've ever watched. The darkness, is not about the cruel and cold-blooded Joker, but torturing EVERY role by making them to make choices about life and morality. Jimmy has to choose from an unrightful apology or his son's life; Fox has to choose to use or destroy the powerful yet indecent overhearing system; people on the ferry boats have to choose to blow somebody else off or to wait for their own destine to come; even the old Alfred has to choose a "right time". Heath Ledger might be pushed to much by such a movie to be ended like that.

I don't quite understand why the Nolan brothers have some hostility again China in the script. The low-quality gun was "made in China", and Chinese government "will never extradite one of their own"? Come on, cold war has ended for decades! And for the record, this movie has not yet got the permission to be shown in mainland China, and you know why now.

Gary Oldman is really an "oldman" now. Let's hope that the next Batman movie could be made within these coming two to three years, otherwise he might be too old to take the role that I like very much. Maggie Gyllenhaal looks sooooo 1930's, and even if she's the elder sister to Jake Gyllenhaal, I cannot see the point to pick her as Rachel. Aaron Eckhart is shining as Harvey Dent, but not quite as Two-Face. But he should get people to remember his name now. Christian Bale fades to the background, just shows from time to time to reminds me that this IS a Batman movie.

The glory goes to Heath Ledger. His Joker is so pain-causing. It seems that he could jump out of the screen at any moment, with a knife in your mouth, and says, "Why So Serious?". I know that many people say that he should win an Oscar for this role. That's true. It's a once-for-a-life chance, and he use his life to catch it.

The music is quite striking, especially when you are sitting in a hall with the best audio equipment in town. And the shooting and editing is some masters' piece. Actually I even did not dare to look at the screen several times during the whole show.

BTW that Edison Chan, all his scenes include: one far-far-away shot from the heli, one from the back without the head, and the only one in front, -- out of focus. Is this kind of arrangement before or after his scandal?

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