Friday, July 18, 2008

The Dark Knight

I hated The Dark Knight. I didn't buy Heath Ledger's performance for a second, Batman's "deep, scary" voice just made me roll my eyes, and all I could think about when Two-Face showed up was that he really shouldn't be able to make an "Mmm" sound with no lips. Also, isn't that eyeball going to dry out?

But I'm not going to go into it. I'm not even going to list the two times I thought "That right there was the stupidest thing I've ever seen in a movie." I'll just say this: I went into the movie already hating it. I had been barraged by people telling me that it was the greatest movie ever (Ever!) and that it was the best adaptation of a comic book, and so on. The hype was overwhelming and before the movie even started, I was sick to death of it. I had to force myself to go, and if I had not seen it on Friday night, I probably would never have gone at all.

So, since I realize that everyone else in the world (or at least, "everyone else on the Internet and also everyone at my workplace") loved it, I'm offering you a deal. Don't tell me how great it is, and I won't tell you how much I hated it. If you don't talk about it, I won't.

Okay?

12 comments:

Libragirl said...

Thank you. I thought I was the only person who was not looking forward to this movie.

Anonymous said...

I hated it as well. I walked out after 1 1/2 hours of boredom. It simply amazes me that so many movie-goers buy into the hype. I, too, am surrounded by those who thought the movie was great. It makes me sick.

Wendy said...

I'm sure you've said in the past, but I don't remember...what did you think of the first [Christian Bale] one? I thought that one was great, but have had mixed reactions to all the hype and the trailers. I haven't seen it yet, so I won't say you're any more insane than usual. :)

Monty Ashley said...

I didn't much like Batman Begins either. The extreme shakycam on the fight scenes bugged me, and I have trouble recognizing Christian Bale, which didn't help. Plus, I thought there were a few too many scenes devoted to explaining every single detail of the Batman suit and trying to explain why, for example, the fins on his gloves are actually perfectly logical. They don't have to be logical! Some things just look cool!

medusa said...

Agree about the Batman voice - really annoying. Not having seen the first Bale version, I didn't know what to expect, but it seemed like when he wasn't in the suit he was doing Patrick Bateman all over again. The scene in the restaurant or when he waltzed into his own penthouse party with arms full of women? I started to wonder if Huey Lewis was going to pop up on the soundtrack.

GSN said...

Finally! Someone who has the courage to stand up to the frenzied masses who insist that this movie was the end all be all of cinema history. I liked it - a lot, actually - but I was determined to maintain a sense of perspective while everyone I know was all "This is something I'm going to be able to tell my grandkids about!" Also, was it me or was it kind of long? I mean, even for a "Oh-my-freakin'-gosh-Heath-Ledger-speaks-to-us-from-the-dead-and-isn't-that-creepy-but-kind-of-cool" movie? Where was the editing?

Monty Ashley said...

Personally, I would have ended it right when Harvey Dent woke up in bed and saw the coin that the Joker had left for him. At that point, the Joker's allegedly in custody, so there's not a lot of forward momentum, and it leaves something for the next movie.

Alan said...

I have gotten angry! comments about my only moderately negative review of the film. I gave it a C+ The enthusiasm for this movie is bewildering. Many intelligent adults I respect have gone to see it 4-5 times.

Monty said...

Well you are definitely against the norm on this one. I would like you to list the two things you thought were the stupidest thing in cinema and I will surely find something worse, the entire "Meet the Spartans". If you could not find stupider moments in cinema I really question your experience with movies. Not a very well thought out or descriptive review at all. I was more descriptive in reviewing your review than you were reviewing the movie. By the way it may not be that everyone is a sheep following the heard brainwashed into loving this movie. It could actually be a GOOD movie.

Monty Ashley said...

I agree that it wasn't very descriptive. That was because (as I said in the review) I have no interest in arguing over it. I'm not going to talk you into disliking it, and you're not going to talk me into liking it. So it wasn't so much a "review" as just "registering my opinion".

Why does it bother you so much that I hated it? Isn't 99.9% of the movie-going public enough for you?

Hank Hollyweird said...

Fans and Critics: "The Dark Knight is the Best Movie of the Year." Which only goes to prove that fans and critics are not to be trusted.

While I didn't have the visceral hatred you did of TDK, I won't say that I'm not a fan either. Ledger did an okay job, Bale sucked, Maggie G was wasted--her talent anyway, and Aaron Eckhardt is clearly selling out and setting himself up to be in the next sequel.

The film was mediocre at best, yet entertaining if you're a geek and love CGI--which I don't. "Best Film of the Year?" Ummmm...no...mercifully the year isn't over yet.

Anonymous said...

Everytime Batman used his "growl" voice I laughed. It was distracting and annoying. The movie was way too long, and I thought the same thing - that it should have ended when Two-face woke up. I was bored throughout a LOT of the movie.