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Hollywood Limelight: The Dark Knight

Post by: Snehith Kumbla

The Dark Knight (2008) is easily one of the best superhero films ever made. It is all nicely set up in the second part of this Christopher Nolan trilogy. Batman / Bruce Wayne needs no introduction here, and we are swept right into the story with the heinous Joker (Heath Ledger’s last memorable role) stating with appropriate chill, “What doesn’t kill you…makes you stranger.” Then there is Harvey Dent, a sincere politician who wants to hit Gotham’s crime lords in the gut with a 'little help' from the caped crusader. Also Dent and Wayne are after the same girl. Then Joker plunges into all their lives with an entertaining, action packed madness, leading to a legendary hero-villain face off that culminates the first half with a sense of fulfillment.


Then bang comes the second half as the Joker ascends to another level of mayhem, killing off a main character, maiming one for life and forcing Batman to change his ways, as the final monologue ends with a disappearing cape, “…he’s the hero Gotham deserves…but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero…he’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector…a dark knight.”


Apart from the tight psychological, psychotic bend in the story, the bat-mobile changing to the Bat Pod sequence, the overturned truck, a mega hospital blow up, and how things change irreversibly in the end, makes The Dark Knight a rare cinematic achievement.            

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