Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My Thoughts on "The Dark Night"

OK. We'll branch away from sports on this one, because I refuse to talk about Brett Favre.

The Dark Night. Easily one of the best Batman movies, but one of the best movies of all time? Sorry. No chance. Yeah, so Heath Ledger died and though that was truly unfortunate, it was the best thing that could have happened to the movie. I certainly mean no disrespect at all to Ledger, but seriously, if Matt Damon had died prior to the Bourne Ultimatum, then there's a good chance we would have had the same story on our hands.

If we're being brutally honest about the whole thing, I thought Batman Begins was much better. I mean that's when they introduce the new Batmobile and you find out why he decides to be "Batman," and then there's that house. I understand the plot and I like how the movie really ties into its title. The characters were well portrayed and other than the fact that the hero is dressed like a bat, everything is pretty realistic, unlike the one with Arnold.

I don't want to sell it short. It was a good, borderline great movie. But the fact of the matter is the only reason why this flick is mentioned among the best of all time is the alignment of Ledger's death prior to the release of the best performance of his career.

Good for him. Good for the movie. Not good enough for me to put it in my Top 10.


maltesse3 said...

Hi Brandon,
Talking about movies, I see you have read Blood Done Sign My Name by the DUKE Professor Tim Tyson.Which they are doing a movie on.The author claims this is a true story. Take a look at this website www.timothybtyson.com
It will give you some insight on ethically questionable behavior of this author.

Brandon Staton said...

Wow, that is very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I read it before it was assigned as the book for UNC's summer reading program a couple of years back. I took a look at the site, but haven't had a chance to read through it thoroughly, but I will. I had no idea that there was this sort of opposition to Tyson's account of what happened. Thanks! And thanks for reading!