Today marks ten years since the world premiere of 'The Dark Knight' in New York City. It was one of the most anticipated movies of my adult life.
While the movie is in no ways perfect, it did a brilliant job of deconstructing Batman - showing us his human side, his monstrous side, and what motivates him to do what he does.
I believe Christopher Nolan is amongst the best of this new generation of filmmakers. He has a knack for casting: people FREAKED out when Ledger was cast. We all know how that turned out. I would argue that Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine, and Gary Oldman were also inspired castings. Further, I love that Nolan uses CGI as a tool, not as a crutch. Batman flipping the Joker's truck? Practical effect.
While it's a superhero flick, it feels more like a noir crime thriller. It doesn't just examine our hero and his villain, but the public servants, the city infrastructure, and the fallout with regular citizens, exploring themes of escalation, vigilantism, law, and disorder.
Following the iconic Danny Elfman theme from the Tim Burton films was a tall order, but @hanszimmer
created a score that beautifully blended orchestral and electronic elements. It's pulsating, schizophrenic, regal. To this day, I can't decide which score I prefer. 'The Dark Knight' took what 'Batman Begins' pioneered: drilling down into the pathos of its characters, treating them as human beings rather than larger-than-life caricatures. It's operatic in its depth, epic in scope, while never sacrificing the human element to grandeur.
It's a brilliant piece of cinematic filmmaking which holds up completely 10 years later, and remains to this day one of my favourite movies of all time. Check out my @youtube
channel on Thursday for my 10 Year Retrospective Review! 🦇🃏(📸: @wbpictures
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