I finally saw The Dark Knight. [Possible spoilers ahead.] I was duly impressed with the film, particularly with Heath Ledger's performance. He managed to turn the Joker into a believable character, and that's just impressive. I also like that it was, for the most part, a self-contained story, and any subsequent sequel will have to stand or fall on its own plot.
Overall though, I liked Batman Begins better. That story was superior to this one, and the execution felt cleaner and more concise. There were parts of The Dark Knight that didn't add anything, like the whole "spying on the city" bit. And there were parts that made Batman bigger than he's supposed to be, like the "flying to Hong Kong" bit. But most off-putting of all was that climax with the Joker was anti-climatic.
The previous showdown - that led to him being imprisoned with Dent and Rachel hostage - was so beautifully orchestrated that I felt he had to have more up his sleeve than just standing around in a building with some dogs. But he didn't. There was almost no fight in that last sequence, just the dogs and then the Joker pinning Batman to the ground, before Batman flipped it around. And then the Joker was just left hanging there, with his monologue about bringing the white knight down, and that was the last we saw of him. There was no carefully orchestrated plot. The plan to get the boats to blow each other up wasn't constructed with the kind of no-fail certainty of the Joker's previous machinations. As the Joker's plans fell flat, so did the movie. And ultimately, it just didn't have the climax a movie like this deserved.
But Ledger was brilliant. And deserves the Oscar. I hope he gets it.
So the question is now, if they do another Batman movie, especially in this more realistic style, who would be the appropriate villain? We've got to assume the next film would be about Batman's redemption in the eyes of the city, right? So who could hold the entire city victim? Or would they have to go away from that type of plot? Who could be a believable villain?
We went to the see The Dark Knight with a couple of friends from law school. These were the ones who had the amazingly opulent wedding in New York. As we found out when we met up with them, it was even more opulent than we had realized. You see, since we had to duck out early, we missed out on receiving one of the wedding favors. So they brought one of the extras along to the movie for us. It was a pretty sizable package, wrapped, and decorated with the bag of candy that you get as a favor at most weddings. Inside the box, and mind you, everyone there got one of these, was a freaking footed serving plate.
That's right, this wedding was so ridiculously awesome that two months after it happened guests are still receiving gifts from the couple and their families.
The other day I was put on hold, and I could swear the elevator music playing was "El Shaddai".
A few years back, before I ever knew her, one of my co-workers was in a terrible car crash. She had severe injuries, including an almost-complete shattering of her leg. We were discussing the long-term effects of her accident the other day.
"My feet aren't the same size any more. One of them is at least half a shoe-size smaller than the other, maybe even more than that."
"That's kind of strange."
"I think when the doctors replaced my heel they shaved too much off of the cadaver bone," she explained.
"Hold on a second!" I said excitedly, "You mean to tell me you've got a cadaver bone in in your body right now?"
"Yeah, in my heel."
"So then, pretty much, your foot is a zombie? That is so cool."
"Isn't it though?"
She seemed to like the idea that her foot was a zombie. What can I say? I've got some pretty cool colleagues.