Posted by Martin:
At this point The Dark Knight is beyond review. The blogosphere has been singing it's praise with no real negativity I've seen. I just saw it and it is an incredible movie, even my wife made note of how good it was.
Okay let's get it over with, Heath Ledger's take on the Joker is amazing. Makes Jack's performance seem just down right silly. Enough said.
Nolan's Direction and Script
Nolan's script and direction are the real backbone and muscle of this movie. This isn't really a "Batman" movie per say, this is more a police and detective movie. This has a really different feel than Batman Begins, and that comes from Nolan's well written script and tight direction. This is a much more mature direction than Batman Begins or his first hit Momento. This is a highly skilled director.
The Incredible Music Score Gets the Oscar
The internet has been blaze with the notion of an Oscar for Ledger, which could happen, but I would really vote for the music to win an Oscar here. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's music is what really brought the intensity to the scene. High discordant strings for seconds on end really made my hair stand on end. This wasn't a John Williams sort of musical score with brash trumpets, but a score based on strings and rough cords. This really completed the whole feel of unease and anxiety of the script. The score needs to have praises sung as well, without it the movie doesn't fly like it does.
This is no comic book movie
Joel Schumacher ruined the previous Batman series by treating the movies as if they were kiddy comics. Nolan knows better. A lot better. This is police drama on par with the French Connection and Heat. This simply terrific movie making.
But the best quote I've heard on the movie came from an ol' college buddy who I was chatting with on Facebook as I was writing this, and I cut and paste from the chat:
at the end of it I walked down to the front of the theater to get my socks back.