Monday, March 21, 2011

Some men just want to watch the world burn

I just re-watched the movie The Dark Knight, and I have to say that in my opinion it's the best of the franchise. I'm not a huge Christian Bale fan, and I don't particularly think that he does a better job at being Batman that Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, or even George Clooney. Okay, maybe he's better than Clooney. However, what makes this movie so great is the Joker. Not only does Heath Ledger do a fantastic job as the Joker acting-wise, but for the first time in the whole Batman movie franchise, a character was actually evil. Not evil in a funny way, or an overly dark way, but more in a just a really f*cked up way. The Joker has no desire for anything other than to see misery spread to everyone around him. He uses the other bad guys just as he uses the good guys, all to inflict as much pain on society as possible. Easily the most salient quote of this movie, and one of the best of the franchise is spoken by Alfred in reference to Ledger's Joker.

Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money.

They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with.

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

I must be honest that I was not a huge fan of Batman Begins, but to be fair I've only seen the movie once, so it might be worth giving it another try after liking the The Dark Knight so much. There is one final movie left in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, and hopefully if will live up to the second in the series, and complete the trilogy in LOTR fashion. However, it's going to be difficult to top Heath Ledger as the Joker (he played the character better than Nicholson did, and that's saying something), but there are a slew of great Batman villains that have yet to get any play in the movie franchise.


Christine H. said...

I didn't expect to like the movie at all, but Heath Ledger was nothing short of amazing. What an incredible talent. You're right, he was truly evil. Why then is it, that the audience actually empathizes with him to some degree. I'm not the only one, am I?

mpm210 said...

I agree. You could tell that he had been hurt badly (both physically and emotionally), and that his perspective of the world had been warped beyond repair because of it.

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