|Genre:||Action & Adventure|
Originally posted July 17, '08 at slangards.multiply.com
I'll reserve judgement and not say this is the best comic book adaptation EVER... until I see Hellboy II.
I always like the dark version of Batman better. The "world's greatest detective" version of him was always a little disturbing, just like Adam West's version. I was glad that Nolan took him back to something similar to Miller's version of Batman in "Batman Begins"; the unappreciated champion of a dark, dangerous city.
Looking at this film, it's hard to tell it's the same director. Nolan's look for the film is almost like a documentary. I kept thinking cop drama. The streets are streets of a real Gotham this time, not the dark alleys covered in black like the first one. The whole thing goes well with the tone of the film, though the camera work doesn't do the fight scenes much good. I still prefer Hong Kong style to the jittery hand held.
The casting on this thing is spot on. The only thing I remembered Heath Ledger from was 10 Things I Hate About You and Knight's Tale, but after his stint here, I find myself wishing there could have been a sequel. Eckhart is great as Dent, too, and though I think Katie Holmes is cute as hell, Gyllenhall inhabits her character much better.
Only gripes I had were that it was LONG. went in 10:20, came out like 1. Found myself wondering when the final scene was coming. That and Gordon's wrap up. A little over the top. And the aforementioned camera work during the fights. And that Bat-fingerprint-on-disintegrated-bullet-reconstructor software Wayne had. ugh.
I'm not gonna ruin it anymore. Just go watch. Just not in an SM Cinema, cause I'm pretty sure they cut shit out.