So I finally got to see The Dark Knight last night. Very good. Not the greatest for me personally, but very good and quite impressive for several reasons.
Of course, there was dreamy Christian Bale.
It was a big change for me since seeing him a couple of years ago in The Prestige, in which he was a bit heavier and decidedly unpretty. He was fun to watch in this as well.
I must say, however, the gravelly Batman voice grated on me. Really bad. I mean, every time I heard it I wanted to clear my throat or offer him a lozenge. Why did the director feel he had to change Bale’s voice as Batman? The movie is based on a comic book, fuh cripesake. How about a little suspension of disbelief? If we can accept the premise that an entire modern city can depend on a guy in a pointy-eared mask to save it from the bad guys, we can believe that there’s some mesmer quality in Batman’s voice that renders people unable to tell he’s really billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne.
Heath Ledger’s performance has been written about ad nauseam, and with good reason. With Nicholson’s Joker, you could laugh him off. He was evil, but in a funny, almost goofy way. You never let him get under your skin or make you feel more than a passing revulsion.
Not so with Ledger. If he doesn’t get the Oscar for BSA, I will be surprised.
No Robin in this film. I was happy.
I didn’t see the 24 mistakes in the film, either. Call me crazy. Or unobservant.
A truly impressive point was the American accents delivered by three of the leads. Bale (Welsh), Ledger (Australian) and Gary Oldman (British) were amazing. Oldman, I think, is an extremely underrated artist. I like his choice in roles; he’s played many varied characters, from Sid Vicious to Sirius Black to Dracula to Beethoven to that creepy guy in Hannibal. Kind of like Johnny Depp. And speaking of…
I read a rumor that Depp has been tapped to play the Riddler in the next Batman film. I hope it’s true.
Another observation, albeit a small one. The script always called for the article “the” before “Batman.” Bale’s character was referred to as “the batman” — maybe to give the supporting actors some distance from portraying characters who appeared as naïve, hero-worshiping sheep.
Ok, finally — and I’m ashamed to admit that it really, really bothered me, to the point of it being a definite distraction every time she was on screen — is Maggie Gyllenhaal, God love her. After gorgeous former Batman “girls” like Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeiffer and Katie Holmes, poor Maggie…I don’t know. I’ll just say that I found the casting of the Rachel Dawes role completely and utterly baffling, and leave it at that.
Ok, time to get some work done.