Like a lot of people, I’m still trying to adjust to a movie landscape in which we’ve all finally seen The Dark Knight. It’s over and in the books, despite the fact certain scenes may be replaying over and over again in our heads. It currently holds the record for the highest grossing opening weekend in history and is currently ranked as the #1 film of all-time on the Internet Movie Database. The latter I wrote off as just a bunch of fanboys voting 10’s over and over again but it turns out you do have to have some kind of a voting history for your scores to count in the ranking. The Godfather has held that top spot for the past 10 years so this actually is somewhat of an accomplishment (although I’d still expect that ranking to level off considerably in the next couple of weeks and months).
Usually after I’ve finished watching and reviewing a film I’m ready to move on but I’ve found it isn’t so easy doing that with this one. A lot of people have been asking me whether I plan to watch it again and my answer to that is “No, not right now.” I just can’t risk having another nightmarish theater experience with it so I’ll wait for DVD. Already I’m suspecting I may have come down too hard on it because of my expectations but I’d need a re-watch before making that call. Looking back at some films I’ve given four stars to this does seem better than many of them, but that could just be because it’s so much more ambitious. It’s worth noting that I don’t think you can swing for the fences like this did without having some flaws.
I was also completely shocked at many of the decisions that were made, specifically in the third act. I never in a million years expected things to be left like that. With all the clips that were leaked to the media, they did do a good job covering up the surprises. And I definitely didn’t expect that we’d be talking about two supporting performances in addition to Ledger’s that deserve Oscar consideration. Of course speculation has already begun on a sequel, which right now looks like it’s happening and I may be posting my thoughts on potential casting possibilities with that soon.
In the midst of all this, I noticed the usual ridiculousness and stupidity over at the IMDB has reached even higher levels. Everyone knows how insane the postings can be over there, but I noticed they’ve really topped themselves this past week. Below (in bold) are real titles of IMDB message board postings on The Dark Knight and if these are just the thread topics you could probably imagine what’s contained in the actual post and the debate it’s caused. Now I know why I stick with MySpace. Some of these are pretty funny though. In parenthesis is my reaction.
Ledger’s Death Completely Overshadowed Eckhart’s Great Performance
(I hope not. Eckhart was amazing. This is also the first Batman film to handle multiple villains well)
BALE WORST BATMAN EVER!
(I’m sure George Clooney would be thrilled someone has that opinion)
Bale needs to work on the voice he sounds like the cookie monster
(Sorry, that one’s kind of true)
Unfair giving an Oscar to someone just because they died
(I agree. And that’s an irrelevant point here)
Why Does Everyone Like Bale So Much?
(Probably because he’s a great actor, but of the major players I do think he gave the weakest performance in the film
Katie Was easier on the eyes
(Maybe, but Maggie was easier on the brain)
Anyone here hate people who talk during movies
(Yes! You should have been in my theater)
Catwoman In Nolan’s Bat Universe is like putting Aliens in Indiana Jones
(I disagree. I think everyone wants to see Nolan’s take on Catwoman. Any casting ideas? I've got a few)
Good movie…but get it off of the #1 slot of Top 250
(It is too high, but I can’t view it as a negative that this film has struck such a chord with so many people)
(From what I heard Nolan isn’t interested in exploring this character, but I am slightly curious to see what he could do with it)
So how do movie theaters make money?
(Um…by charging too much?)
I Have An Above Average IQ (125) and trust me, TDK sucks!
(Do I really have to respond to this?)
Ledger’s Joker Made Nicholson’s Look Like A Court Jester
Forget Comparing Jokers, who was the better Two-Face?
(Give me a break)
This just in: Dark Knight is OVERRATED!!!
(Of course it is. So is just about every other movie. Your point?)
Why is Scarecrow in this?
(I don’t know but I don’t feel his presence helped or hurt the film at all. It was such a non-issue I didn’t even bother mentioning it in my review)
MAGGIE G. IS UGLY!
(watch Secretary, then get back to me)
I want to see Robin in the next Batman movie
Remember when you were all upset about Heath Ledger as the Joker?
(Yep. I was one of those morons.)
The hardest PG-13 film I've ever witnessed.
Sequel? Let it die with dignity
(I can really see this point)
Rachel Turned Into An Old Ugly Woman in One Year
(No, she actually turned into a believable attorney)
I wonder what Tim Burton Thinks
(Probably that he just got his ass handed to him)
Kevin Spacey Is THE RIDDLER
(There are worse choices, but no thanks. I had enough of him in the dreadful Superman Returns)
Will Bale’s “assault” allegations harm this film?
(No, if anything, it’ll increase interest in it)
So, Our economy is doing OK?
(I thought the same thing when the box office numbers started coming in)
Sorry guys, but this film won’t be nominated for Best Picture
(Sadly, I think that's true)