Annlyel explores the brilliance of Christopher Nolan’s incredible genre-defining Batman sequel.
Have you ever seen a perfect movie? A movie so undeniably brilliant and spot on that the more you watch it the better it gets? A movie that’s so good that you kind of can’t believe it’s that incredible? The Dark Knight is that movie for me.
I don’t watch The Dark Knight often. But every so often I get the unshakable desire to see it. For two hours and 32 minutes, I am sucked into the dark and demented world of Gotham where a man as horrifically twisted and brilliant as The Joker resides to wreak havoc on Gotham’s citizens for no reason other than pure amusement. And as the story slowly builds upon The Joker’s madness the movie gets better and better and better until one can only stare at the screen in appreciative awe.
The Dark Knight is unlike any other superhero movie that’s been created. In fact, can we even say it’s a superhero movie? Batman isn’t exactly a hero, as the movie made clear. He’s just a man in a cynical world and sometimes the right choices mean you have to become the villain. Simple as that. But I guess that’s the reason why he’s a hero, right?
One of the main reasons why I love this movie is because it’s jam-packed with twists. I mean, the film starts with a twist! The criminals robbing the bank think they’re conning The Joker (and each other) when in actuality The Joker is among them, ends up killing all of them, takes all the money, and gets away in a school bus, blending in with the rest of traffic going down the street outside the bank. That’s how the movie starts! It’s such a chillingly genius way to start the film.
Immediately we get the sense that this antagonist Batman must face will be more than a worthy adversary. The Joker is Batman’s equal in nearly every way, but Batman, with his glorious cape and sweet gadgets, still manages to somewhat save the day.
Honestly, I can’t give this movie enough praise. Nearly eleven years after its premiere it still can’t be beaten, and that’s even after the dozens of superhero movies (Marvel and DC Comics) that have come out since then.
We can give Oscar recognition to Black Panther, herald Avengers: Infinity War for accomplishing the achievement of being a superhero movie with over twenty superheroes in it, marvel at Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s unique storytelling, but these movies are still nothing compared to The Dark Knight. And Batman is the center of this gritty masterpiece.
He’s no Superman and he’s definitely no Captain America but he is the Dark Knight; the hero that, against incredible odds and terrific villains, manages to protect the citizens of Gotham at all costs…literally.
And that’s why Batman is my favorite superhero of all time.
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