Tobin Posted July 24, 2008 Share Posted July 24, 2008 [quote name='Shryke' post='1453428' date='Jul 23 2008, 19.00']At my showing, despite a few younger kids, there wasn't a single sound other then a few screams at: a) the magic trick B) the body dressed in a bat suit hitting the window[/quote] The body hitting the window made me jump - I think there were a few screams in my theater. We went last night and it was still sold out - (late Wednesday showing, :stunned: ) All the praise for Ledger is well founded - his portrayal was exactly what I would expect the ideal Joker to be: Unpredictable, sinister and sociopathic. The makeup serves as both a disturbing visual and a vehicle for people to underestimate just how diabolically intelligent he really is. The very definition of Chaotic Evil, Ledger makes the character even more disturbing by his confidence and careless attitude, ("Oh, I killed a bus driver."). The Joker has nothing to lose, so there is nothing that you can use against him. There is no reasoning or safe ground with someone like that - the only way to stop them, is for them to die. I agree that the Joker gave Batman that address on purpose - he knew Batman wouldn't be held up by police proceedures and would just go straight in. The delay of building a cordon and carefully breaching the building would slow Gordon and his team down enough that Dawes would be guaranteed to die. Killing Dent would not net as much satisfaction for the Joker as destroying him utterly in spirit. I still like Katie as Dawes more - she had a fresher, girl-next-door feel that made you like her even if you specifically didn't find her attractive. MG had sparks of it, but for the most part she struck me as tired, old. :dunno: Flame me all you want - it's true. Maybe it could be argued that after working so long in a courrupted cesspool of a city, she's become jaded and worn out. For the record - I had guessed that she would be killed before we even walked into the theater. It was the one thing I could think of that would cause such a fundemental character shift for Dent. I don't think even Gordon liked that speech he gave at the end, you could see the reluctance in his eyes and his hesitation to destroy the bat-symbol. Gary Oldman is a fabulous actor - he totally blends into the character he portrays. It's almost to the point that if you didn't tell someone he was the same guy who played Sirius Black, Mr. Zorg, and Rosencrantz you'd never know it. In looking back, despite the movie being well orchestrated and fine-tuned, I still think there were gaps in the weave. BB for me had a solid story that progressed forward in a steady pace. TDK felt more like the [url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/hanzschulz/2057519018/"]Birdnest[/url] stadium in China: seperate elements woven together to make a story, but without a real forward movement. Don't get me wrong - it's still a terrific movie that I would go see again. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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