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Dark Knight Review Round Up — Part Deux July 16th, 2008

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

Cinematical’s James Roc­chi:

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.