Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is head and shoulders above the majority of superhero movies out there; particularly the other DC universe movies. The film transcends the genre, and plays more like a Neo-noir thriller. Ok, that line was pretentious. But it deserves all the pretention in the world – it truly is a fantastic film.
The music is world-class, thanks to the iconic score from Nolan’s frequent collaborator and composing legend Hans Zimmer. The plot has you gripped for the entirety of the film, and the Ferry scene is one of the most intense scenes ever made.
Now, I’m fully aware that I’m stating the obvious here, but the performances were world-class. With the all-star cast, that’s hardly surprising, but what makes the Batman trilogy so special is wonderful performances from Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman, to name but a few. This film, however, as we all know, is truly special. This film features one of the greatest on-screen performances of all-time, Heath Ledger as The Joker. Ledger’s performance was just phenomenal, and the tragic story behind his preparation, and his heart-breaking death just months after filming was completed. I have never seen a performance as special as Ledger’s in this film, and his sweeping of all the main acting awards – Academy Award, SAG award, Golden Globe and BAFTA – speaks to his talent as one of the world’s greatest actors.
The trilogy was stellar in general, however, Ledger’s performance in this film elevates it beyond the other films in Nolan’s Batman series.