Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Batman Dark Knight.



When Heath Ledger got an Oscar for his role as the Joker in Batman Dark Knight my reaction was a sneer. Here we go, Hollywood grief-fest and insincerity, and doesn’t everyone now love to take part in a bit of public grieving to demonstrate how sensitive they are? Doubtless if the man had lived his chances of getting that award would have dropped through the floor. Nothing quite like snuffing it young to translate you direct to the halls of fame.

It was, therefore, with a degree of cynicism that I sat down to watch the Batman film. Again that disjointedness, close shaky camera on the action, but, bloody hell. This was the best Batman film I’d seen and Heath Ledger gave us a superbly lunatic Joker. I guess he deserved his Oscar, in fact more than many other who’ve been presented with it. But does it mean much? The whole award has been devalued by being presented to a certain hypocritical money-grubbing politician.

8 comments:

Mark T Croucher said...

Cannot see Megan Fox getting one for Catwoman in the next offering. Not that I mind a bit of eye candy, just hope she can act?

Neal Asher said...

We'll see... But if he gets out on that motorbike again I'll be happy enough.

EvilSoftwareDeveloper said...

Megan Fox could get the Oscar for Special Effects.
Or Livetime Achievement.

Peter said...

At least Batman doesn't have nipples on his suit anymore.

Jebel Krong said...

both batman begins and the dark knight were awesome, and complete unlike those that came before (thankfully).

whether ledger deserved the oscar is anyone's guess (he certainly wouldn't have got the nod if he were alive as the academy frowns on any popular films - hence why science fiction only wins technical categories).

the dark knight was over-long and you could have cut the 2nd climax (last half hour after joker's "exit" and with two-face) out completely, but is monumentally impressive in just about every area otherwise, and ledger's joker is an amazing creation: rumour has it, though, he was trying to get fired as he would have been paid anyway, a la johnny depp as jack sparrow in POTC 1 (johnny not being fired in the end though, obviously).

begins was equally amazing and underrate, imo - tackling the back-story is often a chore, but never was so with this film and the scenery and filmmaking was spectacular. ok it kinda petered out at the end and wasn't as exciting as it could have been but overall it was a beautiful reinvention and grounding of batman, once again making superhero films viable at the box office.

whether avatar will do anything next year is an interesting one, though.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

i would have edited the fuk outta this movie and used some better words for the joker faces batman end scenes. the comic delivered just as well without repeating the obvious during that bantering end.

might i suggest going into Irreversable, Cargo 200, Pusher, Gozu, 13 Tzamati, Horrors of Malformed Men, Ichi the Killer, Flickering Lights or maybe Hana-Bi for some nutcases onscreen.

sorry no super fast cars in these. just fukt up sadists. The Sadist is fun too imho. i must've seen this movie a dozen times. never get sick of it.

Mark T Croucher said...

Hmm vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins. I can see you have a very specialist area of interest and particular taste in movies. There really is no way you would like any mainstream movie from fantasy to sci-fi/superhero is there?

I'm gonna see if I can get my hands on some of these so I can see where your coming from.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

"There really is no way you would like any mainstream movie from fantasy to sci-fi/superhero is there? "

sir. one word. Ichi the Killer. insane funity goof depravity.
The Host was pretty good too as of late creature feature, pretty mainstream Asian films. keep in mind they do dump old formalin into the sink at hospitals around the usa as you watch this movie. most of the mainstream english movies are horror that i gravitate to. Severence and Calvaire being the most rough, nastiest of late.

Hollywood has this thing it does. especially the spielburgers with the cloying pandering shitty music. better yet Alan Moore explains:

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/sep/19/entertainment/et-hero19

have yet to see Moon. i am getting really excited. the Moon is coming...