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Non Spoilery thoughts on The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight was just so damn cool. I couldn't help but marvel at the ingeniousness and the cleverness of the movie. It had an incredibly well thought out story that managed to do the whole good vs evil shindig, but also managed to give it so many more sides and layers. Not to mention, the characters were brilliantly developed, from the Joker to Harvey Dent to Rachel Dawson. Yeah, finally a movie that does justice to the heroine (character-wise)

However, on the emotional level, it was movies like Iron Man and WallE that got me feeling for the protagonists. Even Prince Caspian had me enjoying the sibling relationships. The stories in these other movies are nowhere as tight and well developed but they did make me feel for the characters. The Dark Knight is a brilliant film and a fantastic rollercoaster ride but...it didn't quite make me empathize with the people on screen.

I've never connected with Bruce Wayne or his alter ego and the same applies to every other character. The draw for me had been the Joker, ever since they made that casting announcement that Heath was playing the role and fans everywhere seemed to go...WTF? But I couldn't wait ♥.

And the Joker was the best part about the movie. Fabulous stuff.

It did make me want to read AU fanfiction though - maybe a world where Batman and the Joker's roles are reversed and Batman is a villain who never kills (there are so many worse things than killing though) and Joker...well, is it possible to have a Joker that's not crazy? Maybe not. Oh well.
God, Joker is so awesome, Heath really did a marvelous job in making the character alive!!! and I have to agree with the emotional part though, I don't really feel for the characters, except maybe Hervey for the slightest bit, but aside from that this movie is so awesome <333

NOW I CAN'T WAIT TO WATCH WALL-E D8
You should read 'Arkham Asylum', a graphic novel by (Grant Morrison???) from a few years back now. It posits the theory (in Batman's head at least) that the Joker is supersane, while he himself is mad as a hatter. It's dark and creepy stuff, and the artwork is simply stunning.

Oh, and you James/Scorpius fic is now at 20k words.

:)

Edited at 2008-07-19 03:04 am (UTC)
I think the lack of connection to the characters is the reason why I didn't like the movie, even though I was thoroughly entertained. The movie was awesome in all cinematic aspects (stunning special effects, intriguing characters, clever plot, and FANTASTIC acting), but the movie didn't touch me on a personal level. I didn't feel like Bruce Wayne was the protagonist, because I didn't empathise with him. Maybe it's because I didn't watch the first movie, but idk. I didn't really get him.

Also agree that Heath Ledger as the Joker was the standout performance of the film. I'll eat my socks if he doesn't at least secure an Oscar nod.
Whew. Glad you said that. Everyone else so far on the ole flist is WOWOWOWOWOWBATMANSAUCE!!!

I really liked it. I thought there were some awesome themes, for the most part fantastic dialogue and acting (esp. as pertained to the Joker), great special effects and visuals.

But I didn't really particularly care for anyone, and in the end THAT is what makes a great story for me.

I do want fanfic though, because I came away from that movie with a world in my head I could come to care about. Esp. since I ship Batman with EVERYONE. (Gordon and Alfred and Lucius Fox's devotion to him. Dent's respect/rivalry with him, and how in the end Dent mirrors him, in the way that Joker also mirrors him. As you say. THEY'RE ALL IN LOVEHATE WITH HIM. And Rachel.)
I was surprised that I did care so much about the characters. The last five minutes of the movie had me in tears. I wanted to go to the bathroom just so I could have a good cry. The concept of doing something that hurts oneself for the greater good is something that touches me very deeply.

Heath did stand out in the movie for me, but I was impressed that the other actors also did a fine job.
Oooh. What a neat idea! I hope someone picks it up (and that you'll rec it if that happens ;p)

I totally want a "YOU COMPLETE ME" Batman/Joker icon now XDD