BP’s Top 100 Challenge #41: The Dark Knight, by Sarah Brinks

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  1. Eric says:

    “The Joker is the perfect villain for the film and the birth of Two-Face feels incredibly rushed. Harvey Dent goes from do-gooder to crazy lunatic in less than a day.”

    Hmm, I never thought about this before, but I wonder if Nolan was trying to evoke the repeated theme of Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke”: “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy.” If so, he flips the conclusion; while Gordon resists the Joker’s influence in Killing Joke and opts for justice over revenge, Dent succumbs.

    Anyway, while the movie is very flawed and does have too many moments where Nolan seems as though he would be more content to give a symposium on philosophy than actually relate an organic theme through story and characters (for this reason the boat sequence you mention has always been an uneasy one for me, and it’s a problem with much of Nolan’s cinematic output), it IS insanely watchable. I own the Blu Ray and put it on once every few years or so.

    • Sarah Brinks says:

      I have only ever read Alan Moore’s The Watchmen, but that is interesting about “The Killing Joke” and the idea that “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy.” It just wasn’t a turn that worked for me in the film. But I agree it is very watchable, but just not the gold standard that I think a lot of people hold it up to, in my humble opinion. 🙂

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