orfeas’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Why so serious?"
Part of my Christopher Nolan marathon.
The Dark Knight is fucking amazing. Of course, it's the best superhero movie ever made, but you already knew that. So let's get to why.
"Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!"
The Dark Knight is dark, deep, realistic, tense, entertaining, funny, emotional, brilliant, complex and morally challenging. The acting is fucking amazing. The cinematography is freaking beautiful. The characters are complex and you can always understand them. The action, unlike in the first one, is AMAZING. The entire car chase was shot practically, and that's just mind-blowing. Also, since the movie is relatively slow, especially in the first hour or so, the action scenes always feel earned. The humor in this movie is also better than in the first one. It always lands. Of course, Heath Ledger' Joker is the best part of the movie, and the first hour or so is weaker than the rest of the movie because he's not in it that much. They also got the essence of Batman right. Sure, there are some plot holes, but if the movie's good, WHO CARES? Also, Batman's costume in this probably the best we've ever had yet.
Now, as for things I didn't like... uhm... Alright, first of all, there are two cheesy, unrealistic and silly moments in this movie: 1) That bullet-on-the-wall scene and 2) that whole thing about Batman using everyone's phones to help him see through the building or whatever. Apart from the ending, this movie's score isn't as good as in the first one, imo. And some viewers may find the first hour or so boring.
Whatever, this is the best Batman movie (although it can be surpassed, imo), the best superhero movie of all time, features maybe the best villain and hero of all time and is probably one of the best movies ever made (although not #4, imdb top 250).
"He's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight."