Movie Review – The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman.

Backstory

The most hyped movie of the summer is here! Everyone was eagerly waiting for the next Batman movie to hit the theatres, even me, the lifelong Batman fan that I am. And of course, the buzz for this particular film went to overdrive with the unfortunate passing of Heath Ledger.

Plot

It’s one year since Batman first appeared on the scene, and things in Gotham City seem to be getting better. But it’s not only Batman who’s turning things around, but the new district attorney, Harvey Dent. With the mobs that run Gotham being pushed to their limits, a new menace arrives…a very disturbed individual known only as the Joker. Before long, Batman, Harvey Dent, and Commissioner Gordon are joining forces to finish off the mob and the Joker. It’s a quest that takes Batman to Hong Kong and back, and Harvey Dent to the brinks of sanity, all while the Joker pushes their buttons. Will Batman be able to stop the Joker and save Gotham City once again?

What I Liked

Every thing about Batman is done right. Batman is right. The Joker is right. Harvey Dent is right. And when Batman’s enhanced kicks in and those little white goggles appear in Batman’s eyes, I totally geeked out! For the first time in a long time, it’s a Batman movie where the geeks have nothing to bitch about.

What I Didn’t Like

All that talk about going to Hong Kong and we never saw the Batplane? Rip-off!

Final Assessment

The best Batman movie.

4 Nibs

Movie Review – Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Starring Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Hurt, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Jeffrey Tambor, and the voice of Seth MacFarlane.

Backstory

Every time I saw the trailers for Hellboy II and they said “from the visionary director of Pan’s Labyrinth,” I’d giggle like a crazy man. It was funny…because it was true! It seemed like only I knew that Guillermo del Toro was a huge fan of the original Hellboy comics, had directed the first film, and was trying desperately to do a second one, but only the critical acclaim of Pan’s Labyrinth gave him the power to do it. The critics were largely positive, but all my friends who are die-hard Hellboy fans found it somewhat disappointing. I walked into the theatre unsure of what to expect.

Plot

Things are going rough for Hellboy, mainly that his girlfriend Liz is very irritable lately. And then, when they’re sent out on a case, Hellboy sees his chance, and decides to blow the cover of the BPRD so he can finally hang out with humans. Because of this digression, a new agent is sent in to oversee Hellboy and his crew: Dr. Johann Krauss, a ghost in a containment suit. As their investigation continues, we learn that Nuada, prince of the elves, is getting ready to unleash the mythical Golden Army so the creatures of myth and folklore can once again roam free. The only thing that can help our heroes is Nuada’s sister, Nuala, who Abe Sapien just happens to fall in love with. Can our heroes stop Nuada and save the world? Will the world come to accept Hellboy for who he is?

What I Liked

In many ways, this is like the great fantasy films of the 1980s that I was raised on. Massive sets, a large assortment of animatronic creatures…very cool. Ron Perlman once again puts in a great performance as Hellboy, and there’s just lots of very nice eye candy.

What I Didn’t Like

One thing that strikes me about superhero films is that, when we hit the third film, there’s this feeling that the filmmakers went, “Screw it! Let’s just thrown in all the cool stuff that we always wanted to do!” This feeling really comes through in Hellboy II, and it makes the plot a little baffling.

Final Assessment

big, goofy fun.

3 Nibs