Just went to see The Dark Knight. I've never been a great fan of Batman films, but this one had me hooked. Lots of great moments, and a wonderful rumbly sound track. It was darker than those I've seen before - not sure how many or even which I've seen.
***possible spoilers below***
Heath Ledger - magnetic.
Christian Bale - got a bit fed up with him growling, especially when Aaron Eckhart started doing it too.
Aaron Eckhart - yes, OK. Didn't convince when turning bad/slightly insane. Neither did his make up, when it became relevant. It just looked like a parody of itself.
Maggie Ghyllenhaal - OK.
Michael Caine - very good, in an understated Caine-ish sort of way.
Curious but clearly thought through way of dealing with violence - lots of thumping, lots of shooting, lots of blowing up, but they only very, very rarely showed the results. I guess that's what kept its rating at 12a.
Lurking in there somewhere was a theme about whether you can become evil in order to combat evil, which Christopher Nolan kept in the frame enough to make a narrative out of a series of spectacular stunts. And in which he did a very professional job.
My rating - somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. A decent afternoon's entertainment.