The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight ★★½

I'd hoped, after seeing and genuinely enjoying BATMAN BEGINS, that its sequel would go up in my estimation on a rewatch. Sadly, it wasn't to be. While there are a couple of great action set-pieces and Heath Ledger's Joker is hugely entertaining to watch, the overall effect is muddled, over-long and poorly paced. The moral centrepiece, involving two groups of people each given the means to damn the other while saving themselves, is interesting in theory but botched in its execution, with the behaviour of the various participants not making a lick of sense.

I intend to see THE DARK KNIGHT RISES before the year is out, and who knows? Perhaps THE DARK KNIGHT simply suffers from middle child syndrome? That said, I feel that a lot of the good will Christopher Nolan built up with me from BATMAN BEGINS has been lost, and it's with some degree of trepidation that I approach the final instalment.

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