Sunday, July 27, 2008

T -2 Days and counting, The Dark Knight

Two days until I get on a plane for the RWA conference in San Francisco. Panic has officially morphed into resignation. No, I didn't finish the book, still have the synopsis to complete and my pitch to practice.
So let's ignore all I didn't do and talk about other things...

Like The Dark Knight. Wow - what a movie. Hubby and I enjoyed it thoroughly. All that stuff they're saying about Heath Ledger, how great he was, how he should win an Oscar? Well... they're not just saying that because he's dead (bless is soul)... He really was THAT amazing. I wish I was eloquent enough to draw an accurate picture of his interpretation of the Joker, but I wouldn't do Heath any justice. With a character like the Joker, there's a fine line between greatness and OTT (over the top). Heath managed to pull it off with psycho-scary brilliance. Every jitter, facial expression, flick of the tongue, dart of the eyes was dead-on perfection. And his one-liners were delivered with accurate sarcasm without camp.
The entire cast was very good, but he shone.

The story was good, too. In the past, it seems to me that comic book/super hero focused more on the hero's angst/lovelife/personal-journey and let the plot serve as mere background. Not so with this latest Batman. In fact, I felt a bit cheated that we didn't get MORE Batman (can't please me, can they - LOL). The story was central and more along the lines of a proper police/crime drama (someone else compared it to The Departed and I have to agree).
I've very glad I saw it. And it should be experienced on a big screen!

Have you seen it? Thoughts??


karen erickson said...

I haven't seen the movie yet though I want to. Haven't had enough time...

I'm closer to being ready for SF! But I still need to work on that pitch. Yikes.

Anonymous said...

It did seem like they shorted Batman, but there was much other good stuff in there, I forgive them. I absolutely agree on Heath Ledger, and I'm usually the first one to spot a sympathy vote. Not so this time.

Good luck in San Fran and have some fun!

Thomma Lyn said...

Have a super fabulous, fun and safe time in San Fran! :-D Wish I could be with y'all! Whatta blast. :)))

The Dark Knight sounds like a great movie, and it's on my must-see list. I've read lots of good things about Heath Ledger's performance (yes, bless his soul).

Shelley Munro said...

I haven't seen the movie yet either, although it's on in NZ now. The reports are all really good and I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Only one day for me. We leave tomorrow and thanks to the wonders of the International date line arrive on the same day we left. :)