It is visually stunning, the plot is smart and full of twists, and the action is well choreographed and packs more than a few punches. It is a brilliant action film; and yet it is so much more than that.
The issues it deals with are simultaneously profound and profoundly disturbing, and the whole film is drenched in a humour so black it almost gets swallowed up into the deepest shadows of Gotham City. Expect some classic one-liners. As you would anticipate from such a star studded cast, everyone gives a top-class performance; Maggie Gyllenhaal fits snugly into Katie Holmesâ€™ old role, and Christian Bale and company keep up the good work from â€˜Batman Beginsâ€™. A special mention must go to Heath Ledgerâ€™s chilling interpretation of the Joker though, which pretty much dominates the whole film. His presentation of a deeply psychotic and anarchic super villain is made even more disconcerting by the fact that he is of course actually dead now; it is both strange and fitting that this superbly complex creation should have been hisÂ final role. The talk of a posthumous Oscar is well-merited. â€˜The Dark Knightâ€™ achieves what a sequel rarely does; itÂ lives up to and even bettersÂ its forerunner. â€œItâ€™s about sending out a messageâ€, the Joker says at one point, and this film definitely does that. Donâ€™t miss it.