— Posted by Alyssa
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman
This phenomenally written and brilliantly executed thriller serves as much more than just a “superhero” movie. It’s challenging, entertaining, and downright intriguing.
Gotham is starting to find some hope for the future with the new D.A. Harvey Dent (Eckhart) who has already ridded the streets of over 500 mob aficionados. Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman (Bale), Commissioner Jim Gordon (Oldman), and especially Wayne’s love interest and Dent’s new girlfriend Rachel (Gyllenhaal) believe in Harvey Dent. He is Gotham’s White Knight in Shining Armor who is here to save the day. However, that’s going to prove difficult with the mad man known as The Joker (Ledger) wreaking havoc on the entire city. The Joker has no goal in mind, he just initiates chaos and anarchy. With the help of his right-hand men including his moral compass Alfred (Caine) and his brainy weapons’ tinkerer Lucius (Caine), Batman tries to stop this psychotic criminal before he wins the heart of Gotham.
It’s eerie how the Caped Crusader and his nemesis The Joker are one in the same. The line blurs between being an upstanding individual trying to do the right thing and a psychopath. The movie’s brilliance lies in the fact that there’s an undeniable romance between good and evil. Rather than keeping them separate, Nolan has masterfully fused the two ideals and made them something that’s hard to determine. Even the pure and noble like Harvey Dent can be corrupted into a two-faced monster. The storytelling is top-notch, the action scenes are compelling, but the real winner is the haunting, unforgettable performance by the late Heath Ledger. Whenever he’s on the screen, it’s impossible to take your eyes off of him.