The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight ★★★★★

At the very least I can say that I learnt from my previous mistakes. This time I turned off my smugness going in and prepared for the film to blow me away - and it did. There's no hiding from this freight train of a movie (Inception pun intended).

Is it terribly convoluted? Is that scene where they recreate the bullet impact the dumbest thing ever? Is it at least 20 minutes too long? Does Batman feel horribly out of place in this very grounded neo-noir thriller? Is the guy riding shotgun in the prison transport annoying as hell? And is Hans Zimmer a scam artist?

Yes to all of those, and to many more - probably not the Hans Zimmer one, at least not with this specific score (but maybe look up Klaus Badelt). You can create an argument around all of these issues. It might sound compelling for a moment, but you are at risk of making an utter fool of yourself in the long run.

When it comes to action thrillers, nothing really holds a candle to this behemoth of a movie. As far as I'm concerned, not even Nolan himself was able to top this in the 13 years since its release. Action-wise only Fury Road comes to mind, but that's a whole different beast, really. You already know it's awesome and if not, what are you even doing with your life? At least have the decency to watch it right away, please.

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