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Rating: 8.5 stars

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Seen on: 07/07/2020, 07/22/2012, 07/29/2008 (rewatch)

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The Dark Knight (2008)

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Action | Crime | Thriller

Most recently watched by sleestakk, sensoria, GMOM65, ashe5k, jeneot33, lordofthemovies, SIxBORG, phixed, Javitron, seanCduregger

Overview

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

Rated PG-13 | Length 152 minutes

Actors

Gary Oldman | Morgan Freeman | William Fichtner | Maggie Gyllenhaal | Heath Ledger | Anthony Michael Hall | Cillian Murphy | Christian Bale | Michael Caine | Aaron Eckhart | Tom Lister Jr. | Ritchie Coster | Danny Goldring | Nathan Gamble | Nicky Katt | Edison Chen | Eric Roberts | Nestor Carbonell | Vincenzo Nicoli | Vincent Riotta | William Armstrong | Paul Birchard | Peter Rnic | Joshua Harto | Andrew Bicknell | Monique Gabriela Curnen | Ron Dean | Melinda McGraw | Michael Jai White | Bronson Webb | Matt Rippy | Tom Townsend | David Dastmalchian | Keith Szarabajka | Ian Pirie | Sofiya Smirnova | Richard Strobel | Beatrice Rosen | Chin Han | Jonathan Ryland | Tommy Campbell | Roger Monk | Chris Wilson | Colin McFarlane | Lisa McAllister | Matthew Leitch | K. Todd Freeman | Charles Venn | Tristan Tait | Richard Dillane | John Turk | Lorna Gayle | David Fultz | Don Kress | Grahame Edwards | Thomas Kosik | Debbi Burns | Tony Domino | Jordon Hodges | Patrick Leahy | David Ajala | Matt Skiba | Michael Vieau | Olumiji Olawumi | Michelle Shields | Tim Krueger | Peter Brooke | Erron Jay | Bruce Spielbauer | James Mellor | Lateef Lovejoy | Maritza Cabrera | Philip Bulcock | Richard Divizio | Ronan Summers | Jon Lee Brody | Shirin Caiola | Robert Patrick Stern | Kelli Clevenger | Winston G. Ellis | Michael Stoyanov | Laura Chernicky | Daniel Jefferson | Matthew O'Neill | Amit Shah | Robert Stone | John Warman | Craig Heaney | Sarah Jayne Dunn | Will Zahrn | Doug Ballard | Ariyon Bakare | Dan Latham | Keith Kupferer | William Smillie | Joseph Oliveira | Kevin Zaideman | Natalie Hallam | Thomas Gaitsch | Patrick Clear | Buster Reeves | Matt Shallenberger | Erik A. Williams | Nydia Rodriguez Terracina | Sam Derence | Tom McComas | Henry Milton Chu | Wai Wong | Peter DeFaria | Nancy Crane | Nigel Carrington | Helene Wilson | Joshua Rollins | Joseph Luis Caballero | Walter Lewis | Tom McElroy | Greg Beam | Erik Hellman | Andy Luther | James Farruggio | James Fierro | Jennifer Knox | Sophia Hinshelwood | Daryl Satcher | Chris Petschler | Aidan Feore | Lanny Lutz | Michael Andrew Gorman | Dale Rivera | Adam Kalesperis | Gertrude Kyles | James Scales | Michael Corey Foster | Hannah Gunn | Brandon Lambdin

Viewing Notes

Back at York Theatre in Elmhurst for this on the new XQ Laser projection screen. Free screening, too, since I used my Classic Cinemas card I got last week. Curious if my opinion will improve seeing this a decade later.

Note: including me there are 3 ppl in this theater. Two are together sitting 3 rows in front of me (these are deep rows due to the recliners; probably 4ft from my legs to the seat in front of me). Ideal situation for me but probably not the cinema.*

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So many thoughts about this but the one that stood out the most is how awesome it is to see downtown Chicago on the big screen in this movie after having worked in the Loop recently for 4 years. This is the first time I’ve viewed this movie since then and it’s just wild to recognize so many familiar spots like the semi truck setpiece on LaSalle with Batman driving up the Board of Trade to turn his motorbike (BoT is no longer Wayne Enterprises in this movie which was odd). Wayne’s penthouse is where we hosted a private conference for our clients so that was neat to see (was Hilton now Royal Sonesta). So many things like that.

I still dislike the 4th and 5th acts. Which sours so much of the good stuff before it. Love the opening and all the supporting players. Forgot how much of a meaty role Eric Roberts has (yes, adding this to my ERITFM project). For some reason I always thought the Joker died. What happened to him?

Yeah that fifth act ferry shenanigans is terrible. The epilogue that follows is terrible.  But Heath Ledger is at another level. A fucking tragedy we lost him so young.

* update: got home and read that Classic Cinemas is closing in two days bc this model is unsustainable given the costs to maintain the theaters with no new movies releases. I’m not surprised by this bc 1) ppl are not flocking to theater to see these titles (Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, ET, etc) and 2) there’s often more employees at the theater than patrons (from my visits). Like I mentioned before, the situation was ideal for me, having a whole theater to myself, but not ideal for the cinema. Ah well. It was nice to see a few films and not stress about the virus.

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