Quick one-paragraph spoiler-free impressions of movies I managed to watch recently:
The Dark Knight
Holy living fuck…Heath Ledger’s Joker was off-the-scales batshit insane. Christian Bale’s Batman (now with patented BatGrowl ™) looked sort of bland next to Ledger, actually. Too bad about that overdose…the boy had some serious acting chops. Also, it’s kind of odd to watch a movie with a.) an unhinged psycho, and b.) Gary Oldman…and b. doesn’t play a. Overall, a solid genre flick, and the best of all the Batman movies by a fair margin. (Also notable: Harvey Two-Face, whose post-transformation persona is completely devoid of camp, unlike Tommy Lee Jones’ version a few years back. The makeup job is downright disturbing.)
I know it was showered with positive reviews, and nominated for a few Oscars, but it left me rather cold. Ellen Page is cute and all, but the dialogue started out contrived, and didn’t improve as the movie went on. Those teenagers didn’t talk like teenagers, they talked like thirty- and forty-something scriptwriters’ idea of teenagers. There was an artificiality in just about every line that felt off, like a parent trying to sound hip by adopting their kids’ lingo and misapplying it ever so slightly. It wasn’t a bad movie at all, but I don’t think it deserves all its accolades, either.