The Dark Knight (2008)

 5 out of 5 stars

Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Director: Christopher Nolan

Synopsis: When the menace known as the Joker (Heath Ledger) emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight (Christian Bale) must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight justice.


The Dark Knight is Christopher Nolan’s second entry into his Dark Knight Trilogy, and easily the best out of the three, and inarguably the greatest comic book movie of all time.

Heath Ledger’s unforgettable performance as the Joker shocked audiences with his ability to manipulate Batman and the audience, and gave us an eerie, psychologically terrifying portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime, and one that has stuck with us forever. Definitely one of the best performances I have ever seen along with Marlon Brando in The Godfather, and Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood.

Christian Bale’s performance as Batman is fierce and dark, sticking to the true character of Batman, unlike two other Batman films that we won’t mention because I’ll get a headache… Christian Bale’s portrayal is a lot darker and grittier, and paired with Heath Ledger’s Joker performance, is acting perfection.

Hans Zimmer’s score is monumental and recognisable from all comic book movie fans and movie fans in general. The score is emotional but also intense and aggressive that represents the character of Batman and his passion for Gotham and it’s people. Every Batman fan will get goose bumps whenever they hear it, me included!

The writing is masterful, in particular the “Hit Me!” scene that proves just how incredible the characters are written and how deep their motives will go, even the Joker wanting Batman to kill him, to break his rule (to never kill anyone) just to prove Batman can be brought down to his level and make Batman snap, to prove he’s just as bad as he is.

Even the cinematography gives us false ideas. Chris Nolan manages to manipulate us, to think maybe we’re wrong. For example, is Batman good or bad? of course our obvious response would be ‘he’s good, obviously!’ But the cinematography gives us other ideas with the sudden changes of perspective and viewpoint, and makes us question our own opinions, again due to the brilliant writing and excellent direction, from Christopher Nolan. He is easily the most clever and smart director working today, that creates layers of meaning in all of his films, and proves he’s one of the greatest of all time.

The script is iconic with memorable lines and monologues delivered mainly by the Joker that we’ll be quoting for decades to come.

Overall, The Dark Knight is the greatest comic book movie ever made because it isn’t just about Batman beating people up, it has a much deeper narrative under the surface which really makes it an intense and gripping crime thriller, starring Batman. That shows how masterful this film is and my 4th favourite of all time! most definitely a 10/10