It was kind of a dark night…….

So last night Ron and myself take off to Raleigh to watch The Dark Knight. You may be asking why would we drive an hour away to check out a movie we could have grabbed here in B-Town. Well we saw on an IMAX. The Caped Crusader on an IMAX. Heavenly. Letme start by saying this, I have been a comic book fan my whole life and my favorite character of all time has been the Bat. Hands down. No one comes close. So you have to imagine what kind of agony I have been put through when it came to Batman on the big screen. Hey the first two films with Keaton were not that bad, but from then on it gets ridiculous. No one had even come close to, in my opinion, nailing the character of Bruce Wayne. No one. Not Clooney, not Kilmer, and not even Keaton. And the directors with the exception of Burton, were clueless. So when Christopher Nolan stepped up to the plate with his first attempt at the franchise I was a little suspicious. I had seen Momentoand new the guy could direct, but could he pull this off. Well if you saw Batman Begins then you know that he did. With flying colors.

So loving the first film and being the fan boy I am, I was more than excited about our little road trip. Here’s the deal. I am throwing it out there. This film, was the best comic book based film I have ever seen. Hands down. 300 was freaking awesome. Sin City was flawless. But The Dark Knight floored me. I had no idea I would be moved by a motion picture about a comic book character the way I was.

No spoilers here, but we have heard a lot about Heath Ledgers performance of the Joker, which I will get to in a minute, but the performance of Aaron Eckhart has been severally downplayed. He plays Harvey Dent perfect. What a performance. I had no idea it was going to be that good. It was an added treat to the story line. Thanks Mr. Nolan!! Chritian Bale was perfect agin as Bruce Wayne. The best fit today for the role. Gary Oldman as Comissioner Gordan, again Wow! Even Maggie Gyllenhaal was great. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caineround it out for one heck of a supporting cast. But, my friends, Heath Ledger not only stole the show, he ran away with it so far that it will never be returned.

I have read the comics as long as I remember, and if you have not then you cannot understand the character of The Joker. How deeply screwed up this fellow is. On all levels. Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the Joker was elementary compared to Ledger’s. He nailed it to the wall. Perfect. I was truly frightened by this Joker. He was the heartless, demented, freak that he should be. And I loved it. Every second of it. I was almost brought to tears by the final performance of Heath Ledger. If he does not win best actor, and not because he passed away, then I will truly be shocked. Go see this movie for his performance alone. Words cannot express what I feel about it. Thanks Mr. Ledger for making a fanboys favorite villan come to life!!

If you can, catch it on an IMAX. It was shot on IMAX cameras and I could not imagine seeing it any other way. It will make you dizzy and nauseous just watching the shots of the city.

So this my friends is P.D.’s movie of the year!!

Shalom……….

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