Do not miss "The Dark Knight."
If there was ever a movie written with the villain in mind as the protagonist and not the super-hero, “The Dark Knight” would definitely qualify. If Batman made his mark as a true super-hero with “Batman Returns,” “The Dark Knight” is where he is completed. What good is a super-hero without a super-villain? True to the title, Batman isn’t Batman anymore, nor is the movie about him. Even if it was written with the Caped Crusader in mind, the movie revolves around just one character, the Batman’s arch nemesis, “The Joker.”
I pay a solemn tribute to “Heath Ledger” and although his performance in “Brokeback Mountain” was stupendous and won a ton of awards, the performance was but human. As “The Joker” he is simply sublime. His performance isn’t just mind-blowing, it is inhuman! Sadly, we cannot hope for an encore and the performance is worthy of the last bow from an ephemeral performer. As “The Joker” he is intimidating, insane, threatening and just plain simple JOKING MAD!
If you are saddened by the knowledge of his suicide soon after finishing the movie, I would ask you to watch the movie, then close your eyes, imagine “The Joker” with his painted white face, darkened eyes and the smug red smile, staring at you in the eyes and saying “WHY SO SERIOUS?”