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Lauding Ledger in The Dark Knight

June 27, 2008

Click here for my Review of The Dark Knight.

The Associated Press just released a raving review of Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker in the Batman sequel, The Dark Knight. It’s possible he could receive a post-mortem oscar for best supporting actor. The piece compares Ledger to Nicholson’s Joker:

Nicholson’s Joker was campy and clever. Ledger’s Joker is an all-out terror, definitely funny but with a lunatic moral mission to drag all of Gotham, the city Batman thanklessly protects, down to his own dim assessment of humanity.

The film looks thrilling and Ledger convincing. The Joker is described as “a depraved creature utterly without conscience whom the late actor played with gleeful anarchy.” With the Dark Knight as a savior and the Joker as sinner, it will be interesting to see how Nolan rolls out Batman’s humanity, a strength of this postmodern hero in the previous Batman film.

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  1. Sam permalink
    July 21, 2008 12:30 pm

    I saw the movie–it was a supremely well-done movie, but I don’t think I want to watch it again anytime soon. Some would say it’s depressing; I would go further to say that, having not consumed much media/entertainment recently, it tried to wear away at my soul a bit. No harm done, thankfully, but I was also happy that I hadn’t been desensitized to the violence :)

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