And here’s where everyone in the room is going to say, “Frank, what the fuck?!?”
The movie was good, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was great. What do I mean? Well, I guess I need to go into some details here.
Yes, we can all complain about Maggie Turtleface and I’m sure they could have found someone better. But at least Ledger got to work with both Gyllenhaals before he died. Let’s push that aside and talk about the real issues.
-In a 2 1/2 hour movie, they crammed so much stuff into it that I felt a lot of things were left out. I didn’t feel the real attraction Harvey had with Rachel until after she died and he became Two Face. The Bruce/Rachel thing wasn’t really played up, either. Hell, if it wasn’t for Harvey going off the deep end, I think you probably could have made this movie without her. There was no backstory for Harvey, other than he just showed up one day and decided to fight crime.
-Batman has to go to China to bring back “dirty accountant,” if you will. Why would all the mob bosses in the city trust this guy to handle all of their money? On top of that, he didn’t even wait for the bosses to say okay, he just went ahead and took all the money. Granted, the police were coming after it, but still. Is this a character that was really needed in the first place? Could we have cut him out and still had a decent movie? I think so.
-I don’t think Christian Bale fully understands, or has fully immersed himself into the role of, Batman/Bruce Wayne. Until he fully commits, I just don’t think he’s going to really bring out the best of Batman. That could be why it seemed like the movie revolved around everyone but Batman.
-“Do you know how I got these scars?” The Joker goes into great lengths to detail at least twice how he got the scars, both of them contradictory. Of course, it’s still better than Batman dropping him into a vat of chemicals, but I digress. If we cut these lines, would it have taken away from the movie? I don’t think it would have.
-Now for the one that everyone is going to blast me for: I enjoyed Ledger’s performance as The Joker. Did he hit it on the head, I believe he did. Was it the best version of the Joker, I would go 65 percent Ledger and 35 percent Jack Nicholson. But all the talks about an Oscar nod, I think that might be a bit too much. I mean, if you’re going to talk Oscar nods about this movie, how about Eckart? After his transformation, I thought he played an amazing Two Face. And his acting beforehand as Harvey wasn’t too shabby, either. Oldman could be considered for best supporting actor because I think he’s played a great Jim Gordon in both movies. I would have liked to have seen more of Ledger. There were parts of the movie that really were shining moments for him, like when he came out of the hospital and the detonator wasn’t working right and he kept smacking it until it worked, all the while wearing a nurse’s outfit. Or the interrogation between Batman and Joker. Those were solid Ledger moments. I would have liked to have seen more of those.
-When a movie is talked about this much and when it makes as much money as it did, I sometimes like to sit back and ask myself, “What was this movie about?” Was it about good vs. evil? Was it about standing up in the face of injustice? Was it about finding inner peace in a world that hates you? I’m not exactly sure I can put my finger on it.
Anyway, my thoughts, for what they’re worth. I’ve got to go and see it again in a regular theater so I can actually see the whole fucking movie. If you didn’t read my previous post, don’t waste your money going to the IMAX to see this movie. If you need an explanation as to why, check out my post about it.