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The Dark Knight

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9.02 h 32 min2008X-RayPG
Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan's sequel to the highly successful "Batman Begins," sees Batman (Christian Bale) as he raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets.
Directors
Christopher Nolan
Starring
Christian BaleMichael CaineHeath Ledger
Genres
DramaActionSuspense
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Morgan Freeman
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Mrs. HatterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
I Came for Batman, I Stayed for Heath
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I'm really not the biggest fan of Christian Bale at all but he does a great job of becoming his character enough in the film that you forget he is him and just see him for the character he's portraying instead, which he does a great job with. Without argument though, Heath Ledger steals the entire film with his darkly mesmerising portrayal of a genuinely unnerving Joker - the only Joker in any Batman realisation I've ever found genuinely scary (or anything at all other than silly or funny with the previous versions). And this darkness is one of the pillars that makes Nolans Gotham in this film so great - it's dark, gritty and murky and feels heavy and undefined as both good and bad forces try to manipulate the city and her people for better or worse to follow the right truth - there is genuine tension in the film and both Ledger and Bale along with their support cast all handle it extremely well with great realism. Still one of the best Batman films to date, for sure!
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 February 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Overrated and not a great experience
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I read recently that The Dark Knight is one of the best modern films ever made. I really really enjoyed Interstellar also by Christopher Nolan so I was looking to watching this Batman film. I found his style of storytelling and editing here difficult to follow and the action sequences were flat and not as exciting as they could have been in the hands of another filmaker. I know this film is widely liked but not by me. Sorry, it was 3 wasted hours i'll never get back.
3 people found this helpful
KathyDaSilvaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 August 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Taking the series of Marvel Batman into a new era
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I watched the Dark Knight, partly for entertainment, but also to see how Heath Ledger treated his character Joker. The total effect of 'becoming' that character in full, binds the drama with a single thread from beginning to the end. The first scenes of a bank robbery, see most of the participants dead at the hands of the Joker, used as mere slaves to his game. The direction must have been quite complex for this movie, as so much action requires so much attention to detail.. Ledger's take on the Joker seems to have been something of a as near to reality, of the behaviour of a psychopath as any actor could get, which is probably why he won an Oscar. The audience will feel totally engaged from beginning to end, and so it is a good film from the point of view of keeping everyone glued to the screen. The sad darkness of Gotham, with ever present crime is a bit gloomy.. even sadder, that Batman then is made to behave like the haunted villains. (Batman comes into being originally avenging the death of his parents vowing to destroy crime)..
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Fabio MilheiroReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 June 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The greatest movie of all time
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The best movie of all times. This beats The Godfather, The Terminator and even all Rocky movies!

The joker tries to teach the whole city that everyone is a schemer with a plan and a hypocrite (spoiler alert).

To send his message, he arranges for people who try to escape the chaos and fear created by him to choose between themselves and the people in the other ferry boat (good citizens and convincted criminals). None of the boats end up exploding even under the threat of them being exploded. The Batman argues that there are still good people in the city.

But, in the most important part of his own plan, he also brings down what he believed to be the biggest hero of Gotham, Harvey Dent, in his attempts to undo all of the good he had done as the Gotham City DA.

While he actually succeeds in bringing down Harvey, he was not able to prove his point as Batman talked Gordon into blaming him for Harvey's own mistakes, thus making Batman the kind of hero that only a real hero would have accepted and even seek to be. A hero in huge pain due to the loss of Rachel (whom he though was going to wait for him) willing take the blame for Harvey's fall just so that the joker would not accomplish his goal of having Harvey's work to be undone.

While doing so, the Batman also claims Harvey to be the White Knight of Gotham City that he could never be referring to him as "the best of us". With all of the limitations of a human being, with all of the temptations of money and power, with all of the pain he suffered throughout his life and now more than ever, the Batman, without seeking any personal gain, turns into the greatest super hero of all time. Sorry Superman and Co.
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Lee GloverReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not a super hero film
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For me, this isn't a super hero film. It's more of a thriller that just happens to have a comic book super hero as it's main character.

The performance by Heath Ledger is genuinely frightening and totally believable. Christian Bale puts in an almost equally good performance. Put these two together, along with Christopher Nolan's style of shooting with hardly any CGI and with the great storyline, you have the best film with a super hero in it.

I've watched this film almost a dozen times and notice something new each time. You have to admire the settings, with the scenes shot in such famous landmarks as the river-side, underground roads of Lower Whacker Drive in Chicago, the International Finance Center buildings in Hong Kong and the Staten Island Ferries. There are so many things hidden with Nolan's attention to detail that it really does have that repeat watch ability-not many films have that!

All in all, this is an absolute masterpiece and it just so happens to be a film about Batman!
4 people found this helpful
JoseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's worth every minute of it
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There're tons of reviews of this movie already and it's generally accepted it's one of the best movies ever made. Little to add to that myself. I can only say it's the only movie I've ever watched in which no second is wasted. Every scene counts and contributes meaningfully to the story. The storyline itself is impeccable, smooth and without contradictions. It keeps you engaged from the very first moment to the very last scene. I can watch this movie again and again and never get tired.
Matthew CartneyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very, very good and Heath Ledger IS excellent
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A really very good film and while some people rather uncharitably suggest Ledger only got the Oscar because he died, this has to rank as one of the Oscar board's better decisions. He's my favourite joker - and better than Jack Nicholson in my opinion, which is no mean feat. Bale is excellent as Batman again and the whole film is dark, compelling and exciting, despite being quite long.
MICHAEL WILLISReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
THE DARK KNIGHT 2008
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The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second part of Nolan's Batman film series and a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins. Christian Bale reprises the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, with a returning cast of Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as James Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. The film introduces the character of Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Gotham's newly elected District Attorney and the consort of Bruce Wayne's childhood friend Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal replacing Katie Holmes from the first film), who joins Batman and the police in combating the new rising threat of a criminal mastermind calling himself "The Joker" (Heath Ledger).

Nolan's inspiration for the film was the Joker's comic book debut in 1940, the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, and the 1996 series The Long Halloween, which retold Two-Face's origin. The nickname "the Dark Knight" was first applied to Batman in Batman #1 (1940), in a story written by Bill Finger.[5][6] The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago, as well as in several other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. Nolan used an IMAX camera to film some sequences, including the Joker's first appearance in the film. On January 22, 2008, some months after he had completed filming on The Dark Knight and six months before the film's release, Heath Ledger died from a toxic combination of prescription drugs, leading to intense attention from the press and movie-going public. Warner Bros. initially created a viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight, developing promotional websites and trailers highlighting screenshots of Ledger as the Joker.

A co-production of the United States and the United Kingdom, The Dark Knight was released on July 16, 2008 in Australia, on July 18, 2008 in North America, and on July 24, 2008 in the United Kingdom. Considered by film critics to be one of the best films of the 2000s and one of the best superhero films ever,[7][8] the film received highly positive reviews and set numerous records during its theatrical run.[9] With over $1 billion in revenue worldwide, it is the 19th-highest-grossing film of all time, unadjusted for inflation.[10] The film received eight Academy Award nominations; it won the award for Best Sound Editing and Ledger was posthumously awarded Best Supporting Actor.[11] The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in the trilogy, was released on July 20, 2012.

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