by Jenny Jones
If there is only one movie that will make its way under your Christmas tree this year, make it The Dark Knight. Arguably the greatest comic book movie ever made, director Christopher Nolans latest installment of the Batman series is without question the closest rendition of the comic book characters that we have seen to date. Whether it is the hardcore crime-infested streets of Gotham city, the arrogant money and power hungry Bruce Wayne or the socially, emotionally and morally impotent Joker, Nolan portrays the characters and setting the way they were meant to be seen; dark, dirty, evil and in your face. The explosions are big and loud, the cars are fast and sexy (as are Bruce Waynes women), the bad guys are mean, ugly and not afraid to get their hands dirty. Every element of the movie is dark as the title implies and it finally allows the feelings of fear and desperation being experienced by the citizens of Gotham City to ooze off of the screen right into your home.
The plot is simple and picks up where the last movie ended, with Batman, Commissioner Gordon and Defense Attorney, Harvey Dent all working together to bring down Gothams latest psychopathic criminal mastermind, The Joker. There are several sub plots going on as well including a text book love story but fortunately this love triangle between Bruce Wayne, Rachel Dawes and Harvey Dent is not a central focus of the movie. Instead the light shines on Heath Ledgers Joker. Even Christian Bales Batman takes a back seat to Ledgers Oscar nominated performance in this film.
If you want to see the best Batman movie in years, comparable only to the original Batman starring Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton, and to witness Heath Ledgers legendary portrayal of the Joker check out The Dark Knight and in the infamous words of The Joker himself, Lets put a smile on that face!