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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Why So Serious? A Dark Knight Movie Review

Early on, I've heard a lot of people say that the Dark Knight is a must-see movie.

They are right.

The Dark Knight film stars Christian Bale, the late Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman, this sequel to 2005's Batman Begins, is directed by Christopher Nolan and explores Batman's fight against the Joker (played by Ledger) and his strained friendship with district attorney Harvey Dent (Eckhart).

CNN news reports that a Warner Bros. executive says the Batman sequel "The Dark Knight" has taken in $155.34 million to top "Spider-Man 3" for best opening weekend ever at the box office.
The figures released Sunday show "The Dark Knight" more than $4 million ahead of the $151.1 million first weekend for "Spider-Man 3" in May 2007.

And perhaps much should be attributed for the late Heath Ledger who has made such a stunning performance as the Joker.

On a personal note, I can say that the story actually focuses more on the Joker rather than on Batman.

Well, maybe that is really how director Christopher Nolan would have wanted to put it. The Joker loves chaos. And chaos he gave to Gotham City.

"Why So Serious?"

Undoubtedly one of the most memorable lines in the story. This is the part where the Joker narrates how in the world he got those wide smiles in his face.

You want to know how I got these scars? My father was a drinker and a fiend and one night he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn’t like that, not one bit.

So, me watching he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it.

He turns to me and he says “WHY SO SERIOUS SON?”.

He comes at me with the knife “why so serious son?” Sticks the blade in my mouth lets put a smile on that face and…...

The rest might have been overshadowed with Ledger's psycho performance, but we've got to give credits to the other casts who performed well. Christian Bale (as the Dark Knight), Aaron Eckhart (as Harvey Dent turned Two-face), Gary Oldman (as the ever Good Cop Gordon), Michael Caine (as the faithful Alfred to Master Bruce), and Morgan Freeman (as Lucius Fox-maker of Batman's gadgets and suits).

"I don't want to kill you," Joker tells Batman. "You complete me."

It is as if the Dark Knight story revolves on the Joker and Batman Love Story.

And really, really, you'll gonna love this movie. Forget about how long the movie is (more than 2 hours). Forget about comparing Ledger to Nicholson. Forget about the "husky" voice of Batman that sometimes makes it hard to understand his one-liners.

You'll gonna love this movie. And most, if not all, will gonna love the Joker.


  1. yeah, i love this movie. it's the first movie i watched (alone) here in cebu. i love joker, i can relate to the character, hahahha... not that i love chaos. lolx. it's probably the seeing the funny part in the misery of life bwahhahaha.. now i sound sad. nah, some things, when they're beyond control, and they cause misery, they become funny. funny, because the world seems to expect you to take control but really, there's nothing much you can do. :)

  2. how come you're in cebu already?

    anyway, life's like that, di ba. that's one good (or bad?) thing about filipinos. we always see funny things even in the midst of situations.

  3. i am everywhere hahahha.. nah, just staying for a year, siguro? lolx. i didn't know you blog.

  4. that's nice. i mean, it's nice to travel and go to places.

    ah, the blog is just new.

    just experimenting on it yet.


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