We were fortunate enough get tickets to the sneak preview premiere of Batman The Dark Knight last week Wednesday, a full 2 days before it actually opened. The only drawback to going to these premieres is that we have to arrive fairly early to guarantee a seat as it's usually a full house.
The wait wasn't too bad and in the end it was WORTH IT. Batman The Dark Knight as almost everyone in America knows, was an awesome movie! If you haven't seen it yet, I won't spoil anything for anyone by giving away any of the plot, but I will do a short and sweet review.
Over the weekend it was interesting to watch the folks on Twitter go to see the movie and come back with their 120 character or less opinion of the film. Most were positive but there were a few that didn't know if they liked it or felt it was very gloomy and dark.
I had very low expectations for this movie. The trailers didn't leave me "dying" to see it, yet I really enjoyed Christopher Nolan's vision for Batman Returns as well as the superb casting for that movie. Being the Batman fan that I am, and being from that generation that actually lived through the whirlwind of change that Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns brough for comics... I was to say the least, very curious.
After sitting through the 2.5 hours of the movie, I was ready to do it again! Ledger's performance was simply incredible, not to mention just creepy the way I thought the joker should be. In contrast to the Joker that Jack Nicholson portrayed, Ledger didn't try to outdo Nicholson, but rather created the most realistic Joker ever to be in a Batman film.
In fact, thats how I would characterize the entire movie. It was very realistic. Nolan did a great job showing how Bruce Wayne, the man, got hurt being Batman and all of the problems he had to solve to keep donning the Bat suit. This Batman is a problem solver. The technology he used wasn't invincible but rather it was sophisticated and advanced because billionaire Bruce Wayne could afford to have it made.
All in all a wonderful 2.5 hours of adventure with one of my favorite comic book super heros. I'll have to see this again in the theatres and I can't wait for the next one!