I’m sure people will be discussing this epic for years to come. Heath Ledger is a shoe-in for many awards, even if he hadn’t died before the movie’s release. His portrayal of the Joker brings new surreality to how sereal killers are portrayed. But I don’t want to talk about the man who died for this film. I want to talk about the man who still lives for this film. No I’m not speaking of Christian Bale who played Bruce Wayne. I am talking about the co-writer and director Christopher Nolan.
You know Christopher most likely as the director of the two latest Batman installments, but he’s done more than these. His great brake into directing was the movie Memento, about a guy that lost all ability to retain short term memory and was out to find the man who killed his wife—by himself. The story was by Nolan’s brother, John, and the script by Christopher and John. This real dynamic duo have worked together ever since, it would appear. They co-wrote Batman Begins, and the movie they did between the Batman films, The Prestige. If you haven’t seen The Prestige, I highly recommend it. Not suitable for young audiences, mind you, but magnificent film it is nonetheless.
Despite his emaculate career of top award-winning films, Christopher has remained very well in the dark. You could say he is the real legend that Batman is meant to be, in some respects—at least in the way he handles himself in and out of the public arena. At this time, he’s a very modest man, not seeking attention or praise. Christopher knows when he’s done something great without having to hear all the congratulations guided directly to himself. Think about it. There will be some talking about Christopher now, but not because he’s a director seeking attention and fame. He rightfully deserves the attention because his pictures have been nothing but smashing, and continue to get better and better.
What did I think of the film?
I don’t want to spoil any part of the film if you haven’t seen it yet. I could talk about it for weeks. The depth of story was tremendous. The characters were moving and and credible. The action was meaningful and nail-biting. The lines were thought-provoking and memorable.
I give it a solid 4 out of 4 stars. Not that my opinion is unique in any way.
Please see the film. It is one for the text books. There may not be another like it for some time. Let’s pray that Christopher and his supporting team of filmmakers live long, stand strong, and continue to blow our socks off.
My next post will be more about the story, thus I warn you there are spoilers.