Sunday, December 14, 2008
The Dark Knight
Since the year's coming to an end, I thought I'd revisit some of its best and worse moments this week.
One of the year's worse moments, at least on an entertainment level, was the death of Heath Ledger back in February. I wrote a post at the time predicting that The Dark Knight would be the year's biggest film. Well, not only was it the year's top grossing film, for my money (not much), it's also the year's best.
One of my initial concerns upon hearing that Ledger was to incarnate the Joker was his lack of resemblance to the legendary DC Comics vilain. On the flip side, Jack Nicholson, who played the Joker in 1989's Batman, actually looked the part. I remember hearing early reports on Ledger's performance and thinking he couldn't possibly match Jack, but he arguably did an even better job. They may as well have killed the Joker off, because no actor on earth will ever be able to follow in Heath and Jack's footsteps. It'll be blasphemous if he doesn't nab the first Oscar nomination (and wins) for portraying a superhero.
Though he became the main draw, Ledger isn't solely responsible for Knight's success. The flick was pretty immaculate safe for two things: Batman's corny ass voice and Maggie Gylenhall. As much as I despise Kirsten Dunst, who thank the lord is rumored to not be featured in Spider-Man 4, Gynlenhall has to be the wackest superhero girlfriend ever. There's no way this chick would have two dudes, let alone a billionaire and successful lawyer, fighting over her. It's just un-believable. At least they killed her off. If Dunst makes it to Spidey 4, I hope she gets 86'd by Karnage or something.
As much as I loved Knight, Best Movie billing is always up for debate. I noticed something, though. My movie diet pretty much consisted of action flicks and comedies this year, no No Country For Old Men here. I dug Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder, Step Brothers, Iron Man, Hancock (do I need to pause that?) and Wanted just to name a few, nothing too deep. What do you guys think? What was your favorite flick of the year? I hear Slum Dog Millionaire is dope. Any suggestions?