At last, here is a film that can restore your faith in cinema. It’s not perfect but any criticisms (Batman’s voice is too deep, the ‘sonic’ eyes is a bit too much) pale into insignificance compared to the sheer scale of the achievement. The story, script and execution by all parties put every other summer blockbuster released since ‘Batman Begins’ to absolute shame.
If you only see one film at the cinema this year, put The Dark Knight at the top of your list; it is proof that a big budget, comic book adaptation can offer depth, insight and fully formed characterisations. Consider the bar well and truly raised.
PS. Anyone interested in the writing process of this picture might want to check out Creative Screenwriting Magazine’s podcast interview with co-writer Jonathan Nolan.