It’s heartening that the year’s big movie is going to be such a thoughtful film. Of course that doesn’t mean the millions of people who’ve seen the film have necessarily thought about it but at least it raises interesting questions compared to, say, last year’s Transformers which, despite some witty dialogue, merely painted by (American) numbers. The Dark Knight is an event movie on a number of counts: enormous hype built, partly, around Heath Ledger’s death; the immense box office (currently 2nd biggest non-adjusted at the North American box office); two and a half hours of superb blockbuster cinema.
The highlight for me was the ‘stand-off’ between the ferries; it doesn’t take much imagination to see this as a critique of the ‘hit ’em first’ philosophy that governs western (and Russian) foreign policy. And Ledger will probably deserve the Oscar he’ll get as it is a tremendous performance (best as a nurse destroying a hospital) – a sad loss.
There’s been a debate about the certification. When the BBFC introduced the 12A (in response to Spiderman (2002), they should’ve retained the 12 for films such as this as it isn’t suitable for most children under 12. However I don’t see the problem with 12+ with an adult.