The Dark Knight is without question the best superhero film ever made. It’s also been discussed to death, so I’ll try to cover aspects of the film that I feel aren’t mentioned enough. Obviously, Ledger deserves serious props for giving one of the most iconic performances ever, but Aaron Eckhart doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his portrayal of Harvey Dent. He really captures the conflicted nature of this character, slowly revealing the burning anger that exists within his “other half”. This is really Harvey’s movie. Not only is he a metaphor for the city of Gotham, but he is either the cause of or affected by nearly every major plot development. He works in conjunction with Batman and Gordon to combat the mob, leading to the introduction of the Joker. He is kidnapped as a result of his policies, leading to the death of Rachel. The Joker’s entire plan revolves around bringing Harvey “down to his level”. The climax of the film even centers around Harvey, rather than the Joker. Sure, The Dark Knight would be a good film without Harvey’s character, but Two Face’s contribution to the film is what elevates this above any other comic book film ever made. The cinematography is subtly masterful, containing a number of well-shot action and dramatic sequences that feel effortlessly put together. The production design is fantastic. I’m aware of all the other positives of the film, but so are all of you, so I won’t bore you with details you already know.
The Dark Knight is a Masterpiece.
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