Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The new Batman movie is the best blockbuster in recent memory. It is truly a must-see film. Heath Ledger is tremendous. His performance meets or exceeds the hype as does, Vermont’s own and my fellow SMC alum, Senator Patrick Leahy.
Of course, I do have two criticisms without spoiling anything.
1) It is long. With previews and getting in early, I was sitting for more than three hours. I need to be turned so not to get chair sores. A Kill Bill type of distribution might have been more appropriate, where the Dark Knight 1 comes out this summer and the Dark Knight 2 comes out at Christmas. It also would have been more lucrative for Warner Brothers and others.
2) The casting of Aaron Eckhart as the DA was odd. It is probably because I see him as the PR spin-master from “Thank You for Smoking“, and I think DAs should be an older from watching Law & Order.
On a positive note, they didn’t pair Eckhart with Katie Holmes – his love interest from the aforementioned “Thank You for Smoking.” It would have accentuated Eckhart’s weird casting. Maggie Gyllenhall takes to the part, but is only okay relative to her performances in “Stanger than Fiction” and “Secretary“.
Overall, this is a tremendous movie and more random observations not rumblings will be coming shortly. Shortly is according to El Guapo's Ghost.