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Movie Review; The Dark Knight (and a personal reminder)

July 19, 2008

MrsDof and I went to two movies today: Mama Mia and The Dark Knight.  That is, she went to one and I went to the other.  Multiplexes do have their advantages.

TDK is a very, very, very violent movie.  But enjoyable.  I wasn’t as blown away by it as some reviewers, though Heath Ledger was. Incredible. As. The Joker.  The story line was dark and ugly but it dragged in places.  I found it distracting that “Gotham” was recognizably Chicago. There was too much gravelly-voiced speechmaking.  But did I mention that the whole movie was worth it just to see Ledger’s ‘Joker’?

The movie also would be a good starting point for discussions about the fabric of society, public morality, the limits of official decency, terrorism, exploitation, the boundaries of insanity, and lots of other fun topics.  I wouldn’t flinch at using it in a philosophy class because it is far more entertaining than most movies that have philosophical implications.

So there I was, sitting in a chair for two hours.  I have a chronic pain condition and don’t do chairs very well. Movie theaters are a challenge, and airplanes are just out of the question.  (The altitude seems to make it worse)  When I stood up, I was forcibly reminded that I have been letting my pain management slide.  This consists of stretching two or three times a day, upper-body strength training, and cardio.  These exercises are, themselves, unpleasant so that is why I tend to ‘forget’ to do them.

I made it out to the car and sat there with the windows closed, enjoying the 120 degree heat.  (I don’t think MrsDoF was quite as pleased by that part).  Now it’s an hour later, I’ve done stretches and am feeling a bit better.  After posting this I am going to go do cardio.

Anyway back to the movie: maybe my enjoyment of it was tainted by physical discomfort.  But on the whole I enjoyed Batman; The Animated Series more.  I think I’ll buy the set and watch it on my treadmill.

Update: Here’s MrsDoF’s review of Mama Mia!

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  1. July 20, 2008 at 05:04 | #1

    I’m one of the unfortunate ones who wet to see The Dark Knight and let me tell you – I don’t understand the hype. The movie des not deliver. It gained powerful momentum when Heath Ledger died and that momentum stuck with it making The Dark knight Break all Box Office Records.

    I have yet to see a movie that wouldn’t get spoiled by bad acting of Christian Bale. He himself is gaining momentum but for what? How come he’s so popular? I don’t get it. Batman franchise was on weak legs and after The Dark Night it seems to me as if it’s unstable position was taken another step back.

    It would take a large chunk of page to mention everything I didn’t like about The dark Knight, so I’ll focus instead on the only thing that kick butt – Heath ledger and his mind blowing performance as The Joker. I think Heath has forever secured his solid position as one of world’s best actors and even though he’s no longer with us, I feel sorry for future Jokers. They’re gonna have tough time outplaying him. Other than Heath Ledger, though… The Dark Knight Movie Sucked.

  2. July 20, 2008 at 08:37 | #2

    I see very few movies in theaters. Maybe one every two years, if that. The play the sound too loud. They are usually dirty. They make me pay to watch commercials. AND MOVIEGOERS ARE THE RUDEST PEOPLE ON EARTH THEY NEVER SHUT UP! [Well, I’m not forgetting tailgaters here].

    So, it’s pay-per-view for me, if at all.

    The deep-dark secret of all the crap about high-def DVD formats, movies-on-demand, etc., etc.? There aren’t really very many movies worth watching. I don’t thing I’ll even be able to make a top 100 list.

    I did like Chocolat.

  3. July 20, 2008 at 15:08 | #3

    I’ve got to weigh in on Christian Bale’s side here.  He’s an absolutely phenominal actor.  He gets both Bruce Wayne and Batman exactly right.

    And yeah, the next Joker is going to get his ass handed to him in a hat if he can’t live up to Heath Ledger, poor bastard. 

    The only real distraction for me was what’s-his-guts playing Harvey Dent.  At first, I could absolutely not believe they’d tapped the guy from Thank You For Smoking to play such a huge role.  But he was amazing!  He’s completely won me over, so I guess I’ll have to learn his name eventually.  ;-)

    I wish you didn’t suffer chronic pain, George.  The movie-going experience is SO much better when you’re not forced to endure agony for a few hours of cinema.  When I become a fabulously rich and famous author, I’ll see what we can do by way of cures. 

    In the meantime, I hope the Animated Batman helps with the exercises.  The animated series was what really got me into Batman to begin with – so much fun!  Who doesn’t love the Joker’s classic “Well, that was fun.  Who’s for Chinese?”

    Argh, I have to go buy these now…

  4. July 20, 2008 at 20:38 | #4

    I loved the movie!!! My friends and I were all blown away with Heath Ledger’s job as the Joker. He did one of the best acting jobs I have seen in a long time. Too bad he left so soon…

  5. Ted
    July 21, 2008 at 07:17 | #5

    I wouldn’t flinch at using it in a philosophy class because it is far more entertaining than most movies that have philosophical implications.

    It depends what one is trying to teach in philosophy class.

    Myself, I like moral ambivalence and moral relativism, in life and in fiction. It makes us human—being able to adjust and change our ethics based on situations.

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