For whatever reason, we’ve been following The Dark Knight like it’s our job, posting the latest trailers and gossiping like a bunch of hens. So imagine our delight when we read the first published review of the latest Batman movie in Rolling Stone, a publication that’s usually too cool for the room for us to care about. Surprise, surprise, though: they liked it! Like, 3.5 out of 4 stars liked it!
Veteran critic Peter Travers offers nothing but praise for this, director Christopher Nolan’s second shot at making a Batman movie. (Travers gave Batman Begins three stars.)
He calls the script “deft,” praising Heth Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. No “his daddy made him do it” pseudo-intellectual drivel here; the Joker enjoys being a deranged creep. Travers says Ledger, who died this past January, deserves an Oscar, sentiment that’s gathering momentum.
Amazing, what is essentially a fill-the-seats summer comic book movie “brings pop escapism whisper-close to enduring art.” Christian Bale’s role as a “lost warrior,” comparing him to Al Pacino in ”The Godfather II,” means we’re treated to another solid 2.5 hours of smart entertainment.
And come on, it’s Batman, the best superhero ever by a country mile.
So yeah, the movie’s fantastic. Can’t wait.