Friday, August 01, 2008
The Dark Knight (2008)
The reviews for The Dark Knight were uniformly good, something that always makes Alan Smithee suspicious. Film reviewers also tend to overpraise any performance when it's an actor's last. All this left us unsure how to proceed: is the film good or no?
Alan Smithee is here to tell you: don't be afraid, the film is good. Heath Ledger's performance is not the life-changing event the reviewers claim, but it is very good, and very entertaining. The action sequences, especially the capturing of a Bad Guy from an office building, are tons of fun, and if Alan Smithee had fun, then just about any unmedicated person will.
The film has an odd tendency to cut away from the action, especially violent action. Perhaps this was how it managed its PG-13 rating. But overall, it is very well-made. There is some very effective cross-cutting that creates tension at key moments, and all the actors do excellent work.
The best part: TDK is over 2 1/2 hours long. For those who, like Alan Smithee, are desperately seeking a moment's relief from their miserable existence, it's like an extra hour's break from the brain's relentless jabbering for the price of a regular ticket!