Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Dark Knight : review

I went to see the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight last night with my husband and our sons (16 and 19). We all liked it. I wasn't sure if I would because I don't like violent movies but I had heard so many good things about this movie that I decided to go. I'm glad I did. Yes, it's violent but most of the violence is off-screen so it's left to the viewer's imagination. The acting is excellent especially the part of The Joker played by the late Heath Ledger. He was absolutely mesmerizing in the part of the deranged villain and whenever he was on the screen, it was hard to notice anyone else. Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Aaron Eckhardt as Harvey Dent were also very good. Micheal Caine played Alfred Pennyworth, the faithful butler to multi-billionaire Bruce Wayne and Morgan Freeman played Lucius Fox. The Dark Knight is a very good movie and it certainly does live up to all the hype. It's a very dark movie though and not at all suitable for children. There have been complaints (quite rightly) about its classification with a 12A certificate. Critics have warned that the BBFC is becoming both too liberal and too willing to cave in to commercial pressure from Hollywood studios to maximise audience numbers. The board has admitted that its decision on The Dark Knight was “borderline 15” – meaning that its examiners nearly gave it a 15. The 12A means children of 12 can go unaccompanied. Parents are allowed to take children younger than 12 with them to the Batman film, although they are advised not to. Children as young as nine have been seen watching it. (link via The Sunday Times) Parents, please do not take your young children to see this movie. It is not at all suitable for children! I think it should have been rated 15. Have you seen The Dark Knight yet? What are your thoughts about the movie and about the rating?

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