Friday, July 18, 2008

My Inchoate Thoughts on The Dark Knight

Response #112 in the latest "Weekend Forecast" thread at the illustrious Craig Kennedy's LiC:

http://www.livingincinema.com/2008/07/17/weekend-forecast-71808/#comment-17629

Just wanted to add: the action scenes in The Dark Knight all feel like a markedly big step up from Batman Begins, as a comment by K. Bowen in my Batman Begins review thread just reminded me.

7 comments:

Craig Kennedy said...

T -1:45

Alexander Coleman said...

Have fun, Craig. Unlike me, you won't have to sweat the crowd with your reserved seating and everything.

Also, don't be surprised if you're grappling with this film for a while. I know I will be.

Daniel G. said...

It's definitely there to grapple with, though I've personally chosen not to. I guess I just left it at: "It was amazing and lived up to my expectations."

Alexander Coleman said...

Well, that's certainly more than enough, isn't it?

K. Bowen said...

YOu know, I couldn't tell you what they did to the action scenes this time out. I think they might have pulled the camera back a foot or two or three on the fistfights. You have a clearer sense of what's going on and it's not just two blobs humkering about. In Begins, it's like they had a creative idea and went too far with it.

They also do a little better wit hthe staging, again, in a way that I can't quite describe except for the result. They certainly gave the Batmobile a gas pedal this time, and that was helpful.

Alexander Coleman said...

I agree, K. Bowen.

Also: I thought the sequence in that nightclub where Batman marches towards Maroni, and on his way beats the living hell out of half a dozen or so of his goons was possibly the best action sequence of any Batman film in terms of capturing the essence of the character and mood/atmosphere that goes along with him.

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