Why so serious?
Batman raises the stakes pin 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.
"Wanna know how I got these scars?"
Christopher Nolan's sequel to the massively popular Batman Begins opens with one of the most attention-grabbing first five minutes I've ever seen - even on my third time watching the film: a bank robbery by a bunch of criminals as they slowly begin knocking each other off for their boss… until their boss reveals himself to be one of the masked criminals.
After this, the movie slows down for a while - we get character introductions with small bursts of violence as we meet new characters and are re-acquainted with old ones.
None of the above is instrumental, of course, to the success of one of the most perfect films ever created. There are many contributing factors, perhaps, to why this has gone down in history. Heath Ledger is probably the most recognized of these factors, delivering a chilling performance totally deserving of the posthumous Best Actor award he got for it. Along with his amazing performance, the score, Nolan's directing, Christian Bale's performance and the star power of many other big names also in the film…
But there's no denying that without one of the greatest scripts of the 21st century, The Dark Knight wouldn't have been anywhere near as successful as it was.
There isn't much to say about it other than what's already been said… if you haven't seen it yet, what have you been doing? Go do it. Right now. As in. Right. Now.