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August 4, 2008 | by  | in Film |
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Directed by Christopher Nolan

The highly anticipated new Batman movie The Dark Knight did not disappoint and lived up to the unprecedented hype. The Dark Knight is what all action movies should be like. The introduction was truly spectacular with multiple surprise shootings during a bank robbery organised by the Joker (played by the late Heath Ledger). The movie follows the Joker’s reign of chaos over Gotham City. The Joker promises to kill one person each day Batman does not reveal his true identity.

The stand out performance was clearly Heath Ledger who was disturbing, amusing and everything in between. His portrayal of the Joker moved beyond the one dimensional DC comic book character to something that thoroughly suspends your disbelief.

The bland Katie Holmes who played Batman’s love interest Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins is replaced by Maggie Gyllenhal. Deliberate or not, this was a very good move because Maggie Gyllenhal rules and Katie Holmes could not convincingly portray the emotional depth needed for this installment.

Christian Bale did a fine job of Batman and the high flying businessman Bruce Wayne. He was also ridiculously good looking as always.

A surprisingly good performance was given by Aaron Eckhart who played District Attorney and all round good guy Harvey Dent. He later transforms into the villain Two Face after a heartbreaking fall from grace.

The Dark Knight was everything I expected and more. Fan of Batman or not, it is a must-see.

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