rylan_reviews’s review published on Letterboxd:
“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” ⭐️
The Dark Knight is obviously my favorite movie of all time but this time around I wanted to discuss why it’s so important to me. I saw this movie for the first time in 2017, I didn’t hear the hype behind it and I didn’t know about the bandwagon following it had for “Best Superhero Movie of All Time.” While it lived up to the hype and I agree with the second statement, believe it or not I completely missed this film. So this brings me to when I finally watched it for the first time. I actually remember that I watched it in parts because it’s 2.5 hours long. That night when I paused it I actually didn’t want to finish it. Heath Ledger as The Joker just freaked me out way too much. In retrospect, I did finish it and it started to grow into this film I have tremendous respect for. Over the years, I’ve watched this at Holiday Parties, I’ve shown it to friends, and I try to watch it twice a year.
I am honestly convinced that Heath Ledger didn’t show up to set. This absolute monster took his place for the months they shot this film. It is simply the greatest performance I have seen. I cannot see the original actor at all. Christopher Nolan let Ledger step up to the plate to hit a homerun. The Dark Knight is my favorite movie not because many seem to love it too. This is my favorite movie because it actually had a huge effect on me. I went from almost not even finishing it to religiously watching it. Batman is always my number 1 superhero and while some argue it’s not his movie this is the character’s world firing on all cylinders. Not going write too much longer but it works for me in every way possible.
This will probably be my last review for a while (more information on my Civil War review). Appreciate you all reading and I hope you all have a great summer or winter break depending on where you live! Hope to talk to you all again later this year!