i do so enjoy being last…

not really.

but i finally went to see The Dark Knight.

and i was struck by how much it reminded me of Tim Burton’s Batman.

i realize everyone thinks i’m nuts for saying this.

but both movies have really little to do with Batman; they are both truly about the Joker.

yet both Jokers are wholly different; they share a common colour palette, but after that share little else.

not too long into the film, Ledger’s Joker quickly became my second-favourite version of the character (after Mark Hamill’s). this Joker is no “Clown Prince;” he is, instead, an elemental force of chaos. he delights in destruction and chaos for its own sake, something no Joker outside of the comic books has done before. i have to say that i never saw Ledger beneath the makeup – and i looked. he truly does deserve an Academy Award for this role, sentiment over his untimely demise aside.

so, good movie. glad i finally went to see it.

quote of the day:

“The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface.” – Aldous Huxley

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