Friday, July 18, 2008


has transcended the genre of "Superhero Movies";
it's simply one of the greatest, darkest Crime Dramas ever.

As I sat transfixed last night,
rather than being reminded of Superman or Spider-Man,
I thought of...

Harvey "Two-Face" Dent,
descending into evil after losing the woman he loved,
just like Michael Corleone did in THE GODFATHER.

The Joker; as violent and as insanely cunning as Al Capone
in THE UNTOUCHABLES; and the Batman, Elliot Ness
with a cape, a cowl, and a scowl in Gotham/Chicago.

The Dark Knight, with the three characters above,
passionately explored the themes of duality,
and the razor's edge of the thin line
between good and evil.

I'm still in awe about what I experienced,
not just watched, at the IMAX theater:

1. the fans, excitedly chattering while waiting
for the movie to start, but simultaneously falling
into an expectant, almost reverential hush as the
opening credits of DC Comics started to roll;

2. the sheer amazement we all felt when the screen
suddenly bloomed into its full 6-storey IMAX glory
during the HEAT-like opening bank robbery sequence;

3. the unexpected humor in the dense, intelligent
screenplay; my favorites were the ones about sonar
and, of course, the "Joker Maguire" line;

4. the exquisite interplay among Christian Bale,
Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman,
and (no one's missing katie, tom!) Maggie Gyllenhaal;
each inhabiting their characters completely,
performing their parts perfectly in this sinister sonata;

5. and most of all, Heath.

We all discovered him in the playful A Knight's Tale,
we were convinced of his serious talent in Brokeback Mountain
(where he co-starred with another talented Gyllenhaal),

and in this much Darker tale of a present-day Knight,
the late, great Mr. Ledger leaves us a legacy for the ages.

Let's hear it for


Blogger Ling Xiaoyu said...

I was telling everyone, Spanx that Katie Holmes was a good riddance. I haven't watch the movie yet, but everyone from Jessica Zafra and you, who have seen the movie are raving about it. And to tell you what, Chris Nolan promised that the next BATMAN movie will be even more darker!

Among the directors who did Batman, I think, Nolan is the best! He treated Batman the way it is meant to be...a dark superhero. I have been always a fan to Batman ever since. I have watched every darn tv show that has "Batman" on it, including the one that starred Adam West. And the cast of this Batman, overwhelmingly, compellingly, powerful...and they all of them seemd to be the characters themselves, don't you think?

By the way, I will be spending the weekend at plantation bay, so probably i get to watch the movie this Monday!

July 19, 2008 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger spanx said...

have a great time with all
the Koreans in PB ",)

July 19, 2008 at 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is there such resentment and hatred for beautiful, famous, and rich people? i wonder why . . .

anyway, kuya spanx, is it really worth watching batman in IMAX now that you've experienced it?

July 19, 2008 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger spanx said...

TDK deserves nothing less
than an investment of P350
for an IMAX screening!

worth every centavo!!!

July 19, 2008 at 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks kuya,

isa ka sa mga may kredibilidad sa blogging world!

July 19, 2008 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was a good movie, altho i honestly have to watch it again to fully understand what was said. (prefrably with subtitles!)

the only thing that irked me was the coin-tossing of Harvey Dent. it was too much like Chigur in "No Country for Old Men". (now that's a bad ass movie! watch it!)

July 19, 2008 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger spanx said...

oh i did, NCFOM was by far
the best picture of 2007!!!

the coin toss trick was an
original quirk of Two-Face,
starting with his very 1st
appearance in DC Comics
sometime in the 1940s ",)

and speaking of Chigur
and The Dark Knight,

some fanboys are already
speculating that the only
actor who can fill Heath Ledger's
JOKER shoes is...

Javier Bardem!!!

July 19, 2008 at 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the clarification! i'm not familiar w/ two-face as a batman villain, myself. you learn something new everyday, eh? (now, maybe cormac mccarthy copied bob kane..whatevs!)
anyhows, bardem as the next joker is bewildering! i had nightmares after watching "no country.."
do you think gordon's son will be robin? but my good husband told me that gordon's daughter is actually batgirl. hmmm... now i'm curious how nolan will pull off a batman/robin/batgirl gig, if ever? it's way too cute considering how dark this franchise has become.
i just wished they showed more of christian bale as bruce wayne. i find bw as the tortured civilian intirguing.
btw, at the previews last night, they showed 'Watchmen'. very gory. from the makers of '300'. hate that movie, though.
-ann jax

July 20, 2008 at 3:30 AM  
Blogger Ling Xiaoyu said...

Yeah, there were lots of koreans! pero marami kaming noypi doon kasi promo!

anyway, let's leave it to nolan in what will be his treatment with robin and batgirl later helping "batsy" in his crusade against crime!

Christian Bale is a hot property,eh? Playing the the grown-up John Connor! This guy must be really good!

July 20, 2008 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Sgt Oinky said...

all of my friends can't stop talking about this movie, now you.

now i'm very intrigued. i'll go see this one tomorrow...

July 21, 2008 at 6:40 PM  
Anonymous toni said...

This movie is exactly how Batman should be.

And The Joker? Damn. I've never fully appreciated this villain till Heath Ledger's ace performance. The Joker was psychotic, scary, creepy... yet still so fascinating. Heath brought all that. He was 60% of the movie, in my humble opinion.

The rest were also brilliant. But it was the Batman-Joker dynamic that carried the film, and boy, what transpired was flawlessly amazing.

I want to see it again.

July 22, 2008 at 1:59 PM  

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