In the next few days reviews for The Dark Knight will be pouring in left right and center as the general populous descend on the screenings. Ontop of our first round up, we have two more glowing reviews to share with you:
Film School Rejects, Neil Miller:
In summation, The Dark Knight is a rarity in Hollywood — a truly earnest adaptation that in many ways exceeds even the brilliance of the work upon which it is based. It is a film that is on a grand scale with larger-than-life characters, but also that is grounded by a plausible story and a very real environment. For the first time, a superhero movie could have us believing that this could all really happen. And whether or not this film will change the way superhero flicks are made in the future is unclear, but should more directors choose to go the route of Christopher Nolan and make films that are as jarring, as epic and as expertly crafted as films, not just as adaptations of a comic medium, then I certainly wouldn’t complain. For as much as The Dark Knight is not a perfect film, it is certainly pretty damn close.
With a weighty running time on this one you’d expect to feel it, but I have to tell you this doesn’t feel anywhere near two and a half hours. It runs like clock work and keeps things boiling even between the action. I was worried when I heard about all the people in this thing and all the plot points getting covered. Spider-Man 3 couldn’t keep all its balls in the air and it had far less to juggle. But nothing is left to waste or shoe horned in to this story it flows effortlessly and entertains on a massive scale. Much like the Joker himself it doesn’t just threaten to do something it delivers on all counts.
Not just another comic book film this is high art wrapped in one.
AICN — Quint:
Mark my words: Ledger will be nominated, Wally Pfister will be nominated, Chris Nolan will be nominated for direction, Jonathan and Chris Nolan for script and if the movie Gods are feeling kind early next year we might even see a Best Picture nom.
It really is that good. I am already giddy about seeing it again in 15 hours
After critic David Denby savaged one of his Batman films, noted hack Joel Schumacher defended the idiotic excess of Batman and Robin and Batman Forever by asking “Well, it’s based on a comic book; what did he expect, Long Day’s Journey into Gotham?” What Shumacher did not understand — and that Nolan, thankfully, does — is that while any Batman film is by definition based on a comic book, that film can still have actual drama, actual characters, and something to say beyond Biff! Bam! Pow! action and simplistic camp. The Dark Knight may be based on a comic book, but it’s a real movie made by real talents — exciting, engaging, gorgeously crafted and thematically rich.