So, I saw Dark Knight this weekend. I have to say, it was a great movie, and I'd give it an 8/10. Which is rather disappointing for me, since I very much wanted to (and still wish I could) give it a 10/10.
I don't know what to say. It was a brilliantly conceived and beautifully crafted movie, IMO. The story was amazing. The plot twists had me guessing the whole time. Characters did things that surprised me and threw me off in a good way without breaking character or being unrealistic. The themes of sacrifice, of fallen heroes, of moral choices etc. were beautifully done. The world-building was awesome. Gotham felt real. The film had a grand, epic feel to it that most movies today can't touch. It really felt like it was the beginning of a new criminal era, and that was great. The action was great. The gadgets were great. The cinematography was great. The music was great. The mood and atmosphere were great. The cat and mouse feel with Joker and Batman was great. Seriously, the other films this summer aren't even in the same league as this. So why am I giving it an 8 instead of a 10?
For me, the film had one flaw that I can't ignore. It lacked passion. Or heart, or chemistry, or whatever you want to call it. It was overly cerebral, and any emotion I felt for the characters while watching it was felt as if through a barrier. Kind of like in the winter, when you're wearing mittens. You can feel things through them, but they're dulled and distant, and you wish you could take them off and feel with your naked fingers. That was how this film felt to me emotionally. I don't think it was the fault of the actors. I think it was a stylistic choice to be understated and subtle. Which is fine, but I think they overdid it, and I found myself watching events unfeelingly, including events that by all rights should have had me emotionally gutted.
Obviously there are thousands and thousands of people who would disagree. I mean, the film's got a friggin' 9.7 rating on IMDb from over 40k people. So maybe I'm the one that's screwy here, and I'm missing something. I don't know. But I do know that I really, really wish I could be one of those 40k people who voted a 10 on the thing. I really wish I could have loved this movie as much as I wanted to. I really wish I could have felt more during the movie and thought less. I love action movies. I love superhero movies. And I loved the first Tim Burton Batman movie as well as Batman Begins. I can't understand why I didn't love this one. They got 99 out of 100 things perfect with this. But the 1 thing they missed was a big one for me. Argh.
I liked it a lot. And there are so many parts of it that seriously awe me and blow me away. But in the end, it didn't live up to the hype for me, and it felt emotionally hollow. And that makes me really sad.
I'm going to see it again. In the past, sometimes certain films have grown on me. I didn't love them on first viewing, but with subsequent viewings, I liked them more and more. Blade Runner was like that. And it's now one of my favorite movies. I'm hoping the same happens with Dark Knight. By all rights, I should have loved this film.
BTW, if you're going to respond, please, for those who haven't seen it yet, INCLUDE SPOILER WARNINGS IN YOUR POSTS!!!