If you are keeping score at home, Dark Knight is currently ranked ahead of every other movie ever made on the ubiquitous imdb.com. Your average movie-goer loves this film. So does your average critic (with the exception of my favorite contrarian, Nick Digilio.)
Frankly, I think 9.5 out of 10 is too high. It feels like a hype wave. "This movie is GREAT because we ALL keep saying its so great."
I saw the movie and it is a solid 7 or 8. The story was well written, Heath Ledger is as advertised, some of the themes are provocative and the featuring of Chicago is a big plus for this movie watcher. I wanted it to be great but for me, it was good, not great.
Here are some of my takeaways:
- "We thought we could be decent men in an indecent time." That's a great line from Harvey Dent.
- The Joker is a very provocative type of Satan. His only real motivation is chaos with destruction. He has no interest in anyone, including it seems, himself. He simply wants everything to be wrong.
- I love Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. These two characters provide wisdom and direction to Bruce Wayne that is often truly profound.
- One of the things running through my mind as I watched the film was the similarity between Gotham and the tone of the book of Judges. In fact, Batman reminds me of the flawed heroes of the Judges. I want to explore this more to help people appropriate our Judges series this Fall.
- The idea of Batman as the anti-hero who absorbs the anger of the people for the greater good reminds me that all great stories draw from biblical themes of sacrifice and redemption. I think these grand themes are embedded in us through the image of God and that is why people write such stories.
One final note--this movie is fairly dark and violent. Kids should not be seeing this movie.