The Dark Knight Essay

699 Words Apr 8th, 2015 3 Pages
The Dark Knight came out in 2008, when George W. Bush was President, so I was 14 at the time and Emily was 12. I remember going to the theater the day it came out because I was never more excited for a movie. I have been a fan of the Batman franchise since I was a kid; my older sister and I would constantly watch the Batman VHS's that we had until they were too scratched up from use. Emily watched the film with all of her boy cousins because they wanted her to see it with them. I was so intrigued to see a new interpretation of an already golden performance by Nicholson, and since this role was different than anything Heath Ledger had done before, I knew it was going to be either incredible or awful. Emily noted that the powerful emotions …show more content…
Under the lights, the viewer can see the gruesome and decaying texture of the Jokers makeup and scars, and understand that his psychotic nature is reflected directly into his personal appearance. Batman had a new batsuit for this film, and the harsh overhead lighting allowed for an incredibly detailed look at just how precise and functional this suit was. Unlike the majority of the movie, this scene is close-up with controlled drifts of the camera. The camera follows the Joker as he converses with Batman, tracing his rocking motions and physically strange mannerisms. This scene is critical because is shows Batman just going too far and losing control of the situation. Although Batman's purpose is justice, this scene shows him effectively torturing someone for information, allowing his rage to spill over, and Batman of course places such importance on his rules, his morals. It’s what distinguishes him, in his mind, from a common vigilante. The Joker is able to twist him around and make him question his own approach and his own actions. By the end of the scene, when Batman is just attacking the Joker, Heath Ledger managed to find the exact essence of the threat of the Joker and who he is: He’s being pounded in the face and he’s laughing and loving it. As he tells Batman, “You have nothing to do with all of your strength.” Batman is faced with a sense of weakness, which is rare for the armored and the very

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