All I’m going to say is, “Pencil.”


That’s not true of course, because this wouldn’t be much of a post if that was all I said about the Dark Knight. Those were the words said to me by one of my brother’s best friends when he was trying not to spoil the movie for me. And I have to give it to him, he was bang on with that one word. If you haven’t seen it yet, then just take my word for it: you need to go see it. If you like action movies of course. If you’re like my Mum and you don’t then you don’t need to go see it. If you have seen it, how crazy was that scene?

I felt like I was about to have sex for the first time; I was nervous, flustered, light headed and so very excited. Even though I had read Trench’s review last week though (and thought he was crazy), but now I see his point that there was something missing. It doesn’t make the movie any less brilliant but there was something a-miss, for sure. I agree with Trench that Katie Holmes was a much better Rachel Dawes than Maggie Gyllenhal, but that’s not was was missing from the movie (not that Trench said that).

I don’t know exactly what was missing in it for me, but I’d rather focus on the good stuff anyway. Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart and Gary Oldman… ok, the cast of the movie all delivered amazing performances all around; but Heath, takes it hands down. I think that his portrayal of the Joker is phenomenal. I thought it would be disturbing to watch this movie knowing that he has passed, but because he’s in makeup the entire time… he doesn’t even look like Heath. He makes you believe that this guy exists, even better than any character portrayal I’ve ever seen.

I’m not saying the movie is all about Heath, there are a lot of things great about the movie. It’s what I want to focus on though so I don’t end up spilling the beans. On that note, have you seen it yet?

What are you waiting for?!

Photo credits:, and the Dark Knight official website.

responses to “All I’m going to say is, “Pencil.”” 16

  1. @The Baglady: Welcome and I seem to keep doing that a lot! haha Thanks for the heads up. I changed it 🙂 The movie *was* awesome!

    @Trench: Yeah, you can’t win if you don’t play!

  2. I saw it last night, awesome movie. Oh you spelled “Knight” as “Night” in your post.

  3. @Trench: I don’t remember you writing about the contest? lol I emailed Lady Rose @ Diet Pulpit already – woo hoo!! 1 week baby!!

  4. Reggie, go and claim your entrecard prize! I saw your name listed for some prize from Diet Pulpit!

    Man, I never win anything! LOL

  5. Eh, this movie is a success because of Ledger’s death. Besides, it’s a remake, so the plot is already too predictable.

  6. @Maria: I see what you mean. I don’t know if that was it for me because like you said it was supposed to reflect the changes that Batman and Harvey Dent had made in ‘cleaning up’ the city. But it could be a big part of it. I agree wtih you too that I stopped thinking of him as Heath.

    @Trench: I don’t know why, but I have GOT to go again. Preferrably in IMAX though. hehe My Batman begins is in Ireland – so it’s doubly lonely, though *he* is keeping it company for me. But it’s not the same… hehe

    @Prast: Welcome! And, I hope you get to see it soon. It is well worth it!

    @Michael: Have you seen the movie? How can you say that it was predictable? I can’t say anymore because even asking the next question I want to ask you would give away too much to those that haven’t seen it yet. The Batman saga has been retold many times but none of them are exactly the same so I don’t agree that this was predictable. Also, I don’t think it was just his death that has made the movie a success. I found out about the movie way before I even found out that he was to play The Joker, and I was dying to see it then because I loved the first one.

  7. I still don’t have chance to watch the movie even my friends always talking about it everyday. Overall score for this move is awesome. But I need to watch to prove it.

  8. no, I wont be seeing it a second time in the theater. I’ll wait to scoop it up on DVD. My Batman Begins is lonely.

  9. I did notice something missing too, but I attribute that to the fact that it wasn’t really Gotham. See, I had just watched Batman Begins a few days ago, mostly to acquaint myself with Bale as Batman and to see if watching it would provide some relevant information.

    I noticed that in contrast with the first movie, the second wasn’t as dark. I know, the irony, no? See, Begins to me looked really dark, dungy, crime-ridden, just not the best place to be. Sure Batman helped to clean it up over the last few months, but if you think about, the movie shouldn’t have taken place much farther than the first, right? A few months, a year at most, but not a few years because that would mean that the Joker had been on the loose for that long.

    Anyway, that’s me. I think the second was missing the Gotham, dark, grungy feeling.

    And yes, Heath’s performance was a hands-down one-of-a-kind performance. He was just so much like Joker that I stopped thinking he was Heath, but instead actually Joker.

    We clapped at Pencil.

  10. Heath as The Joker: do you think that maybe his portrayal-of-the-character-was-so-very-effective-it-would-make-you-believe-that-The-Joker-does-exist could be because of the fact that Heath knew that this was gonna be his last role ever? spooky but it makes me wonder…

  11. @Carol: I don’t think it lived up to the hype but strangely I can still say that it was one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time.

  12. Saw it Sunday. I thought it was a great movie, very well done, awesome acting and great special effects, etc,…

    But it didn’t really live up to its hype, did it?

  13. @Trench: Will you be seeing it again in the cinema?

    @Kelly: yes, my brother and I have agreed to do that too! Can’t wait… is it out yet? lol

  14. Loved it! Heath was the creepiest Joker ever.


    Gonna buy this one the minute it comes out on DVD.

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