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DVD Review: The Dark Knight's Legend Grows

Contributor:
Adrian Musolino
Adrian Musolino

As the DVD release of “The Dark Knight” hits stores this week, it was recently announced that the epic will be re-released in cinemas in the USA early next year as it fast approaches grossing a mammoth $1 billion worldwide. It is an accolade worthy of a masterpiece.  

“The Dark Knight”, along with its precursor “Batman Begins”, has redefined not just the Batman franchise that petered out with poorer efforts but also the superhero genre.

Superhero movies have been in favour with the large studios for years now.  
But the one  - dimensional cheesy plots and over the top computer imagery grew tiresome and predictable.


“The Dark Knight” is the antithesis of this.

A multi layered exploration of good and evil, the dark knight battles his demons along with the seedy underbelly of Gotham city.  

Unpredictable throughout, with stunning cinematography that avoids overt use of CGI, the two and a half hours running time doesn’t become an issue.   

Heath Ledger as the Joker is remarkable – a pathological killer who in many peoples eyes steals the show. The scruffy look and messy makeup of the Joker symbolises the darker portrayal of the character compared to the Jack Nicholson Joker from the original Batman.  

Ledger’s tragic and untimely death prior to the release of the film undoubtedly ramped up the expectations on the picture and helped it edge to the billion dollar mark.  

But it also served as a display of his unquestionable acting talent and a fitting final completed role to be remembered by.  

A posthumous Oscar would be richly deserved.  

Since its release reviews, Internet chat rooms and bloggers have compared “The Dark Knight” with Godfather II, especially in the character of Batman, lost between the role of hero and vigilante much like Michael Corleone was lost in his delusion and justification of his actions.  

It is a fascinating comparison that says much about “The Dark Knight.”

It transcends the superhero, comic book, and action genre to a higher-level dramatic portrayal of the human condition that deserves to rank alongside cinemas greats.

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