Another series of short lists, regarding Mr Batman

I don't think any of these points are particularly spoilery, but if you haven't seen The Dark Knight you might want to skip it for now.

  • One of my big complaints about Batman Begins was the excessive violence and destruction that occurred wherever Batman went. In this one, there was probably just as much violence and destruction, but the violence and destruction did not bother me nearly as much as the time Bruce Wayne ran a stop sign on his motorcycle. I didn't mind Batman breaking laws left and right, but once he does it as Bruce Wayne, he needs to be pulled over and given a talking-to. I think what this says about me is that three years later, I am much closer to becoming a Curmudgeonly Old Man. I shake my cane at any of you who think you can flaunt the traffic laws!
  • If I could have any of Bruce Wayne's bat-gadgets I could choose, I would pick... Alfred. He doesn't even need to make me breakfast in the morning. I just want Michael Caine to follow me around and make wisecracks. Some would argue that a butler/valet/whatever is doing his job best if he is not noticed, but Michael Caine is the first Alfred I found memorable, and I love him.
  • I thought it was interesting that we never saw Jim Gordon's daughter's face. Her mother made reference to her at one point in the movie, and when the family was huddled together, we saw the top of her head. In the comic books, she becomes Batgirl, so I presume they're trying to avoid the Rachel Dawes issue, where they get people used to one face and then switch it to another. My sister pointed out that the Gordons are not very original in their child-naming, because apparently their son is referred to as Jimmy and Mrs Gordon is referred to as Barbara, which is also Batgirl's name.Heath Ledger really was very good. I find it hard to judge how good his performance was, though, and how much of it was good writing. The Joker was a really well written character, both in terms of dialogue and overall concept. It was pretty terrifying that he couldn't be traced and couldn't be trapped because he had no goals other than chaos. He was the terrorist to end all terrorists, because he had no goals or values or priorities other than terror.
  • Christian Bale, Will Arnett and Alec Baldwin should have a three-way talking like this contest.
  • The Joker and I could probably have a talking like this contest, but the this would be nasal instead of gravelly.
  • Although I kept thinking the end was near and it wasn't, it didn't really feel like it was three hours long, because it held my attention the whole time. There were several times that we seemed to be at the turning point of the movie, and it turned out there was more to come. This was my problem with Mutiny on the Bounty, but the problem with that movie was that everything after the not-climax was boring. This had a series of not-climaxes with exciting stuff following, so it was fine.
  • I paid $13 to see the IMAX version (because we got lost and missed the last matinee/regular screen show) and it was totally worth it. Thanks to Ken Jennings for the IMAX tip and to my bad sense of direction for taking the wrong exit!

srah - Monday, 4 August 2008 - 12:12 PM
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Comments (6)

gravatar jess - August 4, 2008 - 2:26 PM -

Great points! I thought Heath Ledger was wonderful too. There is no Heath Ledger there, it's all The Joker.

Lots of my friends thought it was too long but I agree with you. Although, it was three hours long, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time (and had my hands covering my eyes for most of it too)

gravatar Fraulein N - August 4, 2008 - 2:47 PM -

Michael Caine is just TEH Awesome, especially as Alfred. Heart him. I have to say, though, that I don't even remember Bruce Wayne running a Stop sign. Does this mean I'm not as curmudgeonly as I thought I was?

And I agree with jess: "There is no Heath Ledger there, it's all the Joker." That's what was so amazing about it, and spooky, really. I think this is the first time I found the Joker truly terrifying.

gravatar alfie - August 4, 2008 - 2:54 PM -

This just makes me think of the time we were watching "Due South" and you said you loved the mountie because he stopped at a traffic light on his horse.

gravatar srah - August 4, 2008 - 3:03 PM -

If you are in the road, you are a vehicle and therefore required to follow the rules of the road, whether you're on a horse or a motorcycle OR A BICYCLE. This means you, Bicyclists Who Don't Follow The Rules.

... this from the girl who drives in the bike lane on Platt because she doesn't think it should exist.

gravatar just a gray bubble - August 4, 2008 - 5:20 PM -

Did it bug you that the movie pretended that sonar lets us see clearly through walls? (Never mind all the other problems with it being rigged up on cellphones and so on that I don't know enough about sonar to complain about.)

gravatar srah - August 4, 2008 - 8:47 PM -

That sounds like Science's problem to me.

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