Aroview: Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to BATMAN BEGINS pitches Christian Bale’s Batman against Heath Ledger’s lunatic Joker, propelling this blockbuster into less familiar territory: psychological drama.
Basing itself in a more realistic Gotham, with many scenes set during the daytime and a lack of revelry in its (epic and money-soaked) violence, the anarchy on display here mirrors our most pessimistic fears for our future; only the sight of the Batmobile roaring down the freeway reminds us we’re watching a superhero movie. Indeed, less can be said of the action and more of Nolan’s delicate handling of character complexities; even the po-faced Bale manages to evoke sympathy with his struggle to be a ‘hero’.
It is inevitable that Ledger’s freewheeling maniac will stick most in the memory, but this film is thankfully a well-paced ensemble piece. It is, in fact, Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face who truly sums up the film’s themes of confliction, his fallen politician underscoring that even in a world where men run around in tights, nothing is ever black and white.
4 stars (Very Good) The film has moments of greatness: Heath's chilling and unique take on a psychotic Joker is on par with (although different to) Nicholson's, and Nolan pulls off some visual marvels. The opening scene alone is worth watching the film for.~Tom H
3 stars (Good Enough) Fast-paced super dark modern-day version of Batman - good versus evil - with ultra hi-tech weapons and gadgets, while still managing to delve into the psyche of the characters. Naturally, the late Ledger's crazed performance steals the show.~GenXGirl
4 stars (Very Good) Beautifully shot and Heath Ledger gives an amazing performance as The Joker. I also really enjoyed Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face. The best villain portrayals from the Batman series in recent times.~Melfoy1985