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A dark night

The Joker at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight

I went to a midnight showing of The Dark Knight. I saw a few other people in various outfits, but this guy's home-made getup was the most impressive.

As for the movie, it was crazy intense. I was thinking of going to rewatch it in IMAX, but I might need a while to recover. :\

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There were some parts where the Joker would, well, make a joke, and some of the audience would laugh, but I'd be cowering in my seat, thinking, "That's not funny! It's freaky!" :\ This is one freaky Joker.

Many of the reviews I've read said, "Aaron Eckhart's performance will be overshadowed by Heath Ledger's, but he was awesome, too!" And he was. I believed in Harvey Dent. He was so likable. But while many reviews downplayed Batman himself, saying he wasn't as interesting as the villains he faced, I don't think this movie shortchanged the title character at all. I loved the ending sequence, which wasn't about plot so much as it was about who Batman is, what he represents, and what he sacrifices. For all the high melodrama, all the ups and downs of the movie, it was that final sequence that got me a little misty-eyed.

It's a damn shame that Heath Ledger won't be able to reprise his irreproduceable turn as the Joker, but Chris Nolan is still around to write and direct more Batman movies. I look forward to future installments, because he really understands what's at the heart of the Batman myth.

Update: Added more thoughts about the movie in a follow-up post.

See also my second review and my third review (spoiler warning).

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Heath was straight-up iconic in this one. I'm never going to shake that final image of him in the film and even though I just referred to him as Heath, I honestly just kept thinking, "Holy crap, it's the Joker!" the whole time. I mean, he just embodied the character so well. I didn't for one minute think about his previous roles or the fact that it was Heath Ledger in the part.

And I also agree with reviews about Aaron Eckhart. I absolutely loved him and thought he was heartbreaking by the end. Annnd one more thing I agree with — the final sequence. I started tearing up as soon as he said, "You'll blame me." It was just a perfect reminder of what I love so much about Batman.

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