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The Dark Knight (Nolan, 2008) The Reviews Thread

Old 07-10-08, 01:11 AM
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The Dark Knight (Nolan, 2008) The Reviews Thread

Let it begin...

Movie:
"The Dark Knight" (Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldman, Sir Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman)

Release Date:
7/18/2008

Rating:
PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes' Reviews:
Fresh:241 Rotten:14 (95% as of 9/12/08)
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'Suprmallet' Review:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/33874/dark-knight-the/

Info:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468569/

Trailer:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/the...ight/trailer3/

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Old 07-10-08, 01:32 AM
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"Suprmallet review" FWIW, that is the DVD Talk review.
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Originally Posted by Suprmallet
"Suprmallet review" FWIW, that is the DVD Talk review.
Good review! Just finished reading it.
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Originally Posted by Suprmallet
"Suprmallet review" FWIW, that is the DVD Talk review.
Dude, are you on RottenTomatoes? Because you'd have to put on a flame suit for your comments regarding Ledger's performance.

How dare you man!

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One five star and one zero. I may not see it after all.
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Originally Posted by RyoHazuki
One five star and one zero. I may not see it after all.
Must be a Joel Schumacher fan ...
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Originally Posted by Suprmallet
...there's the late Heath Ledger, giving his all in his final performance.
ahem.

Good review though.
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Good point. His final complete performance.
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I don't care about any reviews I will and many other's will see this flim and take it for what it is (It just maybe the best flim of the year so far?)
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Direct quotes from "Ebert & Roeper" during the "The Dark Knight" review on the show:

Richard Roeper:
"Christopher Nolan's Gotham City Epic is one of the best movies of the year, and SHOULD MERIT consideration for a Best Picture Nomination. This is a rich, complex, visually thrilling peice of pop entertainment. As strong as any Super Hero Epic I've EVER seen."

"It'll be an upset if Ledger, ISN'T, nominated for best supporting actor... And it won't be a sympothy vote Either... He creates a Joker that is one of the most memorable screen characters of the decade."

"Writer/Director Nolan has fashioned a near Masterpiece here. Maybe the best Superhero movie ever made... Even with the lead in a Bat-Suit, 'The Dark Knight' has the authentic feel of a crime Epic like 'Heat' or 'The Departed'. It's a Great Film, I say see it. In fact, SEE IT TWICE"

Michael Phillips:
"I would see it twice, and I'm looking forward to it. This film really is one of the great achievements of the year"

"And the wonderful thing about this screenplay, and the way Christopher Nolan has directed this picture, is you don't over exploit a terrific villian. He's in the film just the right amount. And all the scenes really land. And they're kinda creepily funny. And alot of it is really truly menacing. And the balance is perfect.

And it's so hard to get the kinda creepy/funny balance right in a comic book picture. Look at Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's 'Batman'. Which to me was over exploit... Ya know, ya know, fun..."

Roeper:
"He was a Clown... It was a clown performance."

Phillips:
"But it's NOTHING compared to what Ledger's into."

Roeper:
"And you're right also about this being really an ensemble peice. Even Christain Bale, he has about the same amount of screen time as Batman/Bruce Wayne as Aaron Echart does as Harvey Dent. Each character, Gary Oldman gets his moment. Everyone has their moment"

Phillips:
"And not flashy too... Ya know. There's one extremely flashy performance, and it's the right one. Everybody esle seems very invested. Even people very familiar to ALL of us. Ya know Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, they're actually, all the work is just a little better. A little more, Ya know, a little more perfect."

Roeper:
"But that's it. As I mentioned, that's why it reminded me of movies like 'Heat' or 'The Departed'. Obviously we're dealing in Super Hero Genre here, BUT played authentically by everybody else. This is the world they live in, Gotham City..."

Roeper:
"You know you mentioned the running time of 2 and a half hours. I'm telling you it's the fastest 2 and a half hours I've spent at the movies in years. There's never a moment where I was going 'Aw jeez. They coulda cut 15 minutes out of this film'. It zips right along."
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Originally Posted by redrum
but what did you think since you saw it?
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why do you think i've seen it?
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would be kinda cool if both wall-e and dark knight got best picture noms
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Do all of you guys have your torches and pitchforks ready?

The first negative review for The Dark Knight.

David Edelstein, why so serious?

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Old 07-13-08, 09:04 PM
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Who cares? Every movie is going to inevitably have detractors, bashing people for it is pretty lame.

He couldn't figure out what was happening with the action scenes and didn't like "The Pretentious Gary Oldman" or Heath Ledger, yet still claims it is spectacular in some ways. There will be numerous negative reviews when all is said and done, and it won't detract me from seeing it on day one .

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Originally Posted by redrum
why do you think i've seen it?
uhhh...bc you rated it 5 stars already.
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Originally Posted by Brent L
Do all of you guys have your torches and pitchforks ready?

The first negative review for The Dark Knight.

David Edelstein, why so serious?
well, RottenTomatoes doesn't have it up so it's like it never happened!
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Originally Posted by scott1598
uhhh...bc you rated it 5 stars already.
oh ya. i just wanted to get it out the way.
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I really hope this movie is actually good. I remember all the positive hype and early reviews Ang Lee's Hulk got. It was like some critics were afraid to say how much the movie sucked. I sure hope this is not the case here.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I really hope this movie is actually good. I remember all the positive hype and early reviews Ang Lee's Hulk got. It was like some critics were afraid to say how much the movie sucked. I sure hope this is not the case here.
I still don't remember that.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I really hope this movie is actually good. I remember all the positive hype and early reviews Ang Lee's Hulk got. It was like some critics were afraid to say how much the movie sucked. I sure hope this is not the case here.
There was a lot of negative press in the weeks prior to Hulk opening, from producers complaining that Ang just made a $120m arthouse flick, to the horrible feedback from the leaked screeners and early viewer reviews.

Dark Knight hasn't had any of those issues. But the only person that will decide if the movie it worth a damn or not is you. We've all (well most of us) seen highly acclaimed movies we haven't liked, and likewise, trashed flicks that we enjoyed.

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