The Dark Knight
2008
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Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Legder, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman

The Caped Crusader attempts to phase himself out and allow Harvey Dent, the magnetic D.A., to take over the fight against crime, but a psychotic criminal known as Joker thwarts this plan in order to create chaos in Gotham City. In the vein of the excellent Batman Begins, the story is dark and gritty, the performances are strong, the visual design is top-notch, and the action scenes are gripping. This time, however, the plotting is implausible and the film is not able to weave an emotional bond to the characters. The love triangle left me cold, and Joker, although deliciously played by the Oscar winning Heath Ledger, is a motiveless one-note villain. Academy Award winner for Best Sound Editing. Nolan’s trilogy concludes in The Dark Knight Rises.