Friday, July 20, 2012

Your Bat-Weekend at the Bat-Movies

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This has nothing to do with anything, I just wanted to include a picture of Sean Young from that period when she was going around dressed as Catwoman all the time.
  • This has nothing to do with anything, I just wanted to include a picture of Sean Young from that period when she was going around dressed as Catwoman all the time.
The Dark Knight (2008): Many of Nolan's pre-Dark Knight films, not just Begins but also Memento and The Prestige, lay out complicated time schemes: flashbacks, reverse chronology, diaries within diaries. The Dark Knight and Inception instead concentrate on forward momentum, cross-cutting between multiple threads of the same story with impressive urgency. I've said before that Dark Knight reminds me of The Empire Strikes Back hurtling forward at the pace of the final half-hour of Return of the Jedi; so many imitators have tried to emulate that rush just with wommmping musical score alone. The sustained tension of Dark Knight makes the prospect of a follow-up fascinating to me; I assume Nolan will have to vary his tempo a little, and I wonder how that will play out. The Heath Ledger performance, meanwhile, is comfortably difficult to top or equal. I'm sure he had help from Nolan and the screenplay, but while you're watching Ledger, it's like seeing a new artist re-draw and re-conceptualize the Joker before your eyes. It's also equally funny, creepy, and even a little bittersweet when he tells Batman (in a very comics-faithful line) that he can see the two of them doing "this" forever. But nothing lasts, of course. Grade: A

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