With just over three weeks to go before the release of The Dark Knight (are you as psyched about this film as I am?) the first review has been released (the film is being selectively screened for press). Courtesy, AICN, here’s a highlight from the very encouraging review:
Heath Ledgers performance of the joker is truly one for the books. Aman of no remorse or morals who simply wants to see things burn. There is no back story or establishing the character. He is fully formed. He does have some dialogue scenes that reveal a bit of his background.Lets just say he has some issues with his father and that smile of his is rooted in a gesture of love. He is far from a caricature and has depth . He realises that without Batman he would not be. The Joker is almost more of a terrorist than criminal. He is not motivated by money. He wants to see people suffer. Its a damn shame that this was Heath Ledger’s final major performance as it shows a whole different side to him as a performer and I now know that he was endlessly talented.
Another highlight, plus a new viral, after the jump.
Some more from the review (read the rest here)
The run time is two and a half hours. It doesn’t feel that long as there is so much going on within the film. Ive always felt Christopher Nolan was able to handle pacing unlike many movies that are over two hours these days. This is also his first entirely linear film and he proves himself to be a gifted storyteller and a master of utilizing (sic) film as a visual medium. He fills each frame with so much scope and detail. You can tell he is enjoying himself with the amount of money he is being allowed to play with and wants to better himself and the franchise. Although this movie doesn’t feel like an installment (sic) in a franchise.The best thing I can think of for comparison is The Godfather Part 2.
Now onto the new viral. If you head over to thehahahatimes.com, you’ll be greeted with a new edition (four pages) of the defaced Gotham Times newspaper (click the image below for a larger look):
There are a bunch of letters circled red. When assembled, you come up with the following:
Herrings are red
Corpses are blue
You’re on the right track
But you don’t have the clue
There are also circled words, but the purpose behind them hasn’t been discovered yet.
The Dark Knight hits theaters on July 18, 2008.