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  • Writer's pictureGarrett Brodey

The Dark Knight: One Of My Favorite Films

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

I was 12 years old when The Dark Knight was released in theaters. I couldn’t contain my excitement. The movie theater was PACKED. It was a sight to see. Watching The Dark Knight on the big screen is one of my favorite theater experiences. The film became an instant favorite of mine and I saw it in theaters five times.

The Dark Knight is the greatest comic book film ever made. It was released at the beginning of the comic book craze and no other comic book film has come close to its quality. Until The Batman came out, but that’s a different story. I recently watched The Dark Knight for the first time in 2 years and I was amazed by how well it holds up.

Batman is my favorite superhero. I grew up loving the character of Batman. I watched the awesome Batman: The Animated Series all the time and bought every action figure I could find. I watched all the films, both good and bad, over and over again because I love the characters and that world. The Batman is my favorite Batman film now, but The Dark Knight is close behind it.

Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite filmmakers. I love his style and his love of cinema. The Dark Knight will always be his magnum opus. It’s my favorite of his films and it will always be his best work. His direction is so damn solid. I love that he made a crime thriller with Batman characters. His style, and the world he created, is just awesome. The action scenes in this film are insane. He should’ve been nominated for an Oscar for his directing.

Heath Ledger as The Joker… that’s it. That’s all I need to say. He delivered, arguably, the greatest performance of all time. He is phenomenal. He has a large and intimidating presence that sticks throughout the film. His voice… His voice is hypnotic. Whenever he talks, I listen. His look is iconic. Everything about his performance is perfect and it’s such a shame that he passed away. He had such a bright future and it’s heartbreaking that he lost his life so young. He definitely deserved to win an Oscar for his performance. RIP

My favorite scene in the film is the interrogation scene. Joker and Batman talking. One of my favorite aspects of film is when the hero and villain have a conversation. We get to see each of their personalities and views on their world. The interrogation scene has some of the best acting, dialogue, and tension. It’s beyond perfect.

Christian Bale as Batman is inspired casting. He did great in Batman Begins but he really excels here. He really adds so much depth and emotion to the character. I love the new batsuit. I don’t mind his voice like most do.

All the side characters are good as well. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and especially Aaron Eckhart. He is the unsung hero as Harvey Dent/Two Face. He deserves way more recognition for his performance. The CGI on Two Face holds up pretty well.

This film is technically well made. The direction is solid. The cinematography is slick. The music is top notch and elevates the film into a whole other level. The editing is on point. The script is well written. I love the story of the Joker releasing chaos on Gotham. It’s really interesting. The dialogue is also very good. Every character has memorable lines.

I cannot give this film enough praise. It’s the greatest comic book ever made… hell it’s one of the best films ever made. It will always be one of my favorite films.

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