I wish it had more competition. Iron Man was touted so highly and really, it was well acted, fun and competent.
This was more than that. It had elements of Michael Mann’s Heat all over it, from the opening sequence right on through the way noise and a lack thereof was used to ratchet up the drama.
I want to start with my only annoyance first. Bale’s Batman growl/talk is really fucking annoying. At times he just went over the line with it; it was an area I had hoped would be improved from the last film. Other than that, Bale was picture perfect.
Heath Ledger’s Joker was so menacing that me and Janaki were holding on to one another for support every time he hit the screen. The Joker exhausted me in a good way. From that opening sequence with the pencil right on through to the end, the Joker was absolutely perfect. Jack who?
The rise and fall of Harvey Dent was glorious to behold and their special effect choices with his face were brilliant.
It was long and dense but it all worked and fit together. I want to see it again.
And I want the next movie to be about Two-Face’s therapy in Arkham when Batman catches him in the opening action sequence of the film with an all-out Penguin-Riddler-Clayface (seriously, none of those guys deserve their own movie) gang war in the streets of Gotham as the Joker’s new class of criminal is born in the midst of Catwoman seducing Batman as a woman who accepts the Bat for who he is and Selina Kyle seducing Bruce Wayne for his money.
I want a movie about being a freak and what happens when the freaks hit Gotham and take over where the old mobs used to be.