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My Dark Knight Reviw (4 Days after it came out!)

 Well, guys, it took me three times to properly review this movie, and I still think I should watch it some more so I can give a fair review of The Dark Knight, but here I go. First of all, the movie is like a roller-coaster ride from start to a surprising finish, with the late Mr. Heath Ledger headlining the attraction. What I really liked is how deep in realism this movie centered itself without going over the line, especially during the first 6 minutes, which is a beautiful nod to Michael Mann's Heat. Then Christian Bale's powerful rendition of Bruce Wayne, the troubled billionaire who worries less about meetings, and his alter ego Batman who uses inflation (the theme that he introduced at the end of Batman Begins) to replace his costume just because he can't move his neck, (another knack that was constant in almost all the Batman movies) but also in his constant fight against crime, he finally finds a saving grace in having D.A. Harvey Dent to be his "protege" of sorts in cleaning up the streets of Gotham City, albeit in the legal way. Aaron Eckhart's portrayal of Mr. Dent is stunning, earnest, and sometimes, you can tell his character has internal conflicts with his job, especially with putting his father's lucky coin into play. But there's also one person that ties both Mr.Wayne and Mr. Dent together, the affections of Ms. Rachel Dawes, played by Maggie Gylenhaal, who I must say, her acting is passable, but her looks, divine. She makes the simple paralegal dress-ups looks innocently seductive. And back to Mr. Ledger's gripping, brilliant acting of The Joker. He seriously distances his portrayal of the Joker away from Jack Nicholson's version, with the simple pretext of anarchy and how to spread it like a bad cold, and in which people die thanks to his unpredictability, his sadist attitude, and sometimes, his humorous torture of telling his origins of his "smile". He truly went all out into making The Joker the most disturbing person Batman has ever faced, forcing people to kill each other just to save their loved ones, but also it's tragic that when he states that he and Batman will do this for a long time, you can't help but notice that it won't happen, because Mr. Ledger passed away in January of this year. But enough dwelling on his death, his brilliant acting in many ways and forms, deserves a post-humous Oscar, since Peter Finch won it in 1976. If the Academy doesn't grant this wish, then I'll be seriously disappointed with their rationale of judgment. Honorable mentions also include Michael Caine's portrayal of Bruce's faithful butler/surrogate father Alfred, who constantly motivates Bruce into being the hero that Gotham needs, and Gary Oldman's ascending acting of Lt. Gordon really shows how must a cop deal with a uncontrollable predicament like The Joker, and its after effects that he provoked. Morgan Freeman's performance of Mr. Lucius Fox was at most times, there, but only for a brief bit, but we also learn that there are things that Mr. Fox wouldn't do in order to save Gotham, so the aspect of human integrity is played there as well. Clearly, Christopher Nolan has made a masterpiece that didn't care about how much money it made at the theaters (But then again, $740 Million worldwide isn't something you can just brush off), but he made this grand piece of filmmaking to show that Batman isn't exactly seen as a hero, especially under the circumstances that he has volunteered to be in, and that The Joker isn't your typical evil supervillain. If anything, all he wants is to be known in the most gruesome fashion possible, and that he sees Batman for lack of a better word, a "play pal" in Gotham's uncontrolled madness. I highly recommend watching this movie, even if you got the bootleg version, see this movie. The Batman you thought you knew may be different from the one you will see in "The Dark Knight." 

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