Wow!! Freakin' cool, I have to say I loved this movie.
The Dark Knight starring Christian Bale and The late Heath Ledger was every bit what I expected, dark, violent, loud, action packed and fun.
Christian Bale is excellent as Batman. Gone is the brooding, self absorbed hero whose very psyche hinges on the question of whether or not he is the bad guy. Replaced is the pragmatic, determined and dedicated hero of the city. Tough, scarred, strong and tired we have a true hero.
Even better than a true hero in my book is a true psychotic. Volatile, lethal, uncaring, utterly horrible is Heath Ledger as the Joker. Ledger was awesome as the Joker, at no point while watching this movie did I think, "Wow isn't Ledger great in this part", no, I only saw The Joker; a chaotic, loose canon unleashed upon the city with no rhyme or reason, just pure insanity wreaking havoc on the good, the bad and well anyone who pisses him off. Wow, I think I might have a little man crush on the Joker.
Any hoo, whoa there, The movie is fun. The actors were great, the special effects were fantasic. Also, the movie is dark, and violent. The Dark Knight is not for kids. If you are a parent taking your kids to see a Batman film, and then getting pissy because it is dark and violent, then you have not been paying attention.
Unlike Spiderman 3 which had producers, but no writers, yes I said it, Spiderman 3 Fired it's writers and had a bunch of dinks in an office saying "Wow that would be cool looking, lets do that" instead of someone who actually wrote anything, The dark Knight had some great writing by John and Christopher Nolan. Everything fit, was necessary for the story, and left you wanting more.
This is a perfect good guys versus bad guys picture with just the right amount of death, humor and battle. It is a comic book on film and it was exactly what it was supposed to be.