The Dark Knight Pre-Screening Review

Heading to The Dark Knight pre-screener (at a bright and early 6:30 pm compared to the 12:01 am crowd and apparently some theaters' 3 am and 6 am crowds according to our featured reviewer over at, jimmy12), I thought my thrill of the night was pretty much getting to see an super amazing movie as a pre-screener.

But that, as most of you can imagine, was far from the only thrill of the night.

I was a honestly a bit hesitant, as more of a Heath Ledger fan than a huge Batman fan, to see Heath's last performance as the super-creepy Joker as opposed to the Heath I've known and loved from films like A Knight's Tale and Brokeback Mountain, but before I lose you Batman fans, even the girly Heath-lovers of us found The Dark Knight to be THE best movie... EVER.

There are a lot of amazing movies that are obviously quite comparable, but this Batman film blew a whole lot of films totally out of the water.

Heath Ledger was fantastic - to me, the question was why Heath Ledger for a creepy role played seemingly more correctly by the crazy like Jack Nicholson and Jim Carrey, but Ledger made a performance that was so deserving of that possible Oscar nomination, I was pleasantly (and creepily) surprised.

And while Heath's Joker will probably be immediately legendary, he didn't overshadow the movie will all the rest of the amazingness going on.

Christian Bale was of course a fantastic returning Batman who played the role to perfection with that mix of tortured soul and hero that is Batman.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and the rest of the cast were also wonderful and notable, but truly amazing along with Heath was Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two Face. Wow!

I wasn't breathing for about 70% of the movie, and to my surprise, a whole bunch of that was due to the turn of Aaron Eckhart's character, which I suppose most Batman fans will expect, but for those of us a bit more clueless and those clued in alike, breathtaking definitely applied!

There is absolutely not a disappointing moment of The Dark Knight and I'm sure we can not only count on this movie making an enormously ridiculous box office weekend, but also to truly impress all movie-goers, Batman fanatics to tag-alongs!

Check out jimmy12's fantastic review of The Dark Knight giving some excellent Batman and Dark Knight background as well:

The Dark Knight Reviewed

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Jul 18, 2008 11:25AM EDT

I am rather opposed to many super-hero movies such as other Batmans, Spiderman, Superman, DD, and Hellboy. However, I went and saw Hellyboy 2 a few days ago, just for the heck of it and was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't going to see The Dark Knight until I heard Heath Ledger was in it. I feel I owe it to him to go see it and, after reading so many great things about the movie am rather pumped. If it's really as great as they say it is, maybe it'll open my eyes to new possibilities...

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Jul 18, 2008 10:24PM EDT

I have to agree about not breathing throughout half of the movie. The second the Joker came on screen I was awe-struck. Heath's performance is Oscar worthy. I loved Batman Begins and so I knew this movie wasn't going to be a disappointment in anyway. This is a MUST-SEE and well worth your butt falling asleep halfway through due to the length. The turning point in the movie where Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face was incredible. Having seen the other Batman movies a very long time ago, I couldn't remember exactly who Two-Face was...but even before seeing the other half of his scarred face in the hospital bed...I think my jaw was on the ground. Dark Knight really pulls everything together for me in the Batman series. There's no doubt in my mind that this is going to shatter all previous box office records.

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