The Dark Knight Revisited

Posted: November 18, 2008 by jerkmag in Uncategorized
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Tonight, I attended a screening of The Dark Knight at Goldstein Student Center on South Campus. Forty plus people crammed into a classroom to watch a poor projection of the smash hit film. My housemate (who had not yet seen the film) and myself (who went at midnight July 18th, and haven’t looked back since) took two seats in the second row. Despite the poor quality of the print and some obtrusive lights that just wouldn’t shut off, I can confidently say that Christopher Nolan’s epic holds up just as well as it did on that warm summer night.

Right off the bat (pun intended), it’s clear that the glare off Heath Ledger’s blazingly brilliant performance has started to fade. My initial summer complaints of him stealing the Batman film away from Batman have been severely diminished. Don’t get me wrong, he deserves the Oscar nom, but this movie is appropriately titled The Dark Knight and not The Joker.

Themes and metaphors, that I missed the first time around, also have started to come out with age. A lovely dog motif played out very well, supported by that sickening shot of the Joker panting with his head out the car window. Integrated cinematography reads better the second time. The spinning camera, as a recurring theme, works wonders. Made more poignant, in one early scene, by stopping right when Batman shows up. Does anyone remember that drama about the New York Times claiming The Dark Knight to be a parable for the Bush administration? It would seem that American sentiment on the brink of a new administration holds up those claims as well.


Some of my qualms from the summer still linger. The editing leaves something to be desired. Give me more Heath, easier to read action sequences, and lose those cut-aways to over acting extras. Oh and that third act still drags.

It should be noted that most of the audience tonight was female. I’m not entirely sure of the relevance of this fact, but it did make for a good change up from the fan-boy infested screening I saw over the summer. But the greatest joy of all came from witnessing my housemate see this film with fresh eyes. Her enthusiasm perfectly echoed the summer excitement and hype around this movie. When Warner Bros. re-releases the film in January, you can bet I will be in line to see it in IMAX.

~Alex Rabinowitz

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