I've been reading all the online reviews for The Dark Knight, and I have to say, I'm more excited for this movie than anything that's come out this year. Yeah, I know, a lot of you might think, of course, he's excited, he works for a movie ticketing website. But, honestly, I have yet to read a single negative review for The Dark Knight and today's Variety review, if you can believe it, is even more incredibly positive and gushing than the Rolling Stone and IGN reviews, which I didn't think could be topped. This really is looking like it could be the epic masterpiece of the comic book movie genre, and possibly the best movie of the year (a spot I currently reserve for Wall-E, which is just as fantastic as you've heard).
Below are some quotes from the reviewers so far. While it only has eight published on Rotten Tomatoes, the rating is 100% fresh, and I'm betting it will continue to rival Wall-E's impressive 96% positive rating. For a further sneak peak at the actual film, check out 12 new video clips (more related links below). Finally, I know I'm hyped to see the late Heath Ledger and Christian Bale go mano a mano (Bale, IMHO, is the best actor of his generation), but what about you, what's making you itch to see The Dark Knight? Or are you? 10 days to go...
Dark Knight Early Review Round-up:
Using five strongly developed characters to anchor a drama with life-or-death implications for the entire metropolis, the Nolans have taken Bob Kane’s comicbook template and crafted an anguished, eloquent meditation on ideas of justice and power, corruption and anarchy and, of course, the need for heroes like Batman...
-Justin Chang, Variety
The ideas here are not new to the movie world of cops and criminal, but in the context of a comic book movie, they ring out with startling clarity. In other words, you expect moralistic underpinnings in a Martin Scorsese movie; in a Batman movie, they hit home with renewed vigor.
-Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
Of all the Batman movies, including the first four, singly and jointly made by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, Dark Knight is the most technically impressive and the most resonant in tone, a picture that's in tune with the fear and paranoia that prevail in our society in the post 9/11 era.
-Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
...The Dark Knight qualifies as the first official comic book adaptation that truly succeeds in being a great artistic achievement in its own right.
-Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination. It's full of surprises you don't see coming.
-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone