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Film Review: “The Dark Knight”

(Warner Bros. 2 hours, 32 minutes. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace. Directed by Christopher Nolan.) Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Heath Ledger (Joker), Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent/Two Face), Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Rachel Dawes), Gary Oldman (Lt. James Gordon), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), Eric Roberts (Salvatore Maroni), Nestor Carbonell (Mayor Garcia), Cillian Murphy (Scarecrow). Music by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard.

Two points I’ll make off the top. One, see it in IMAX if you can. Two, Heath Ledger steals the show. Jack Nicholson, he ain’t. Nothing against Jack, but Ledger’s truly creepy performance is the best part of a very dark tale told by the same filmmakers as Batman Begins. Chicago’s glittering nightscapes and soaring skyscrapers stand in for Gotham City — and are awe-inspiring on the huge IMAX screen (you get vertigo watching Batman perched on top of the Sears Tower). This time around the big bat is trying to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good, with the help of Gordon and crusading D.A. Dent. The Joker, of course, has other plans. Can’t help loving the new gadget, the megacycle known as the Bat Pod, hurtling towards the Joker in an 18-wheeler. Even though I still think Batman Begins is superior from a plot standpoint, this movie is still more than worthwhile. Enjoy and be sure to get the bucket of popcorn before you sit down. You won’t want to miss a second.