When I first wrote about The Dark Knight in this blog I quoted an online article critiquing the movie as "definitely not for kids". Cuing from that article I even had a first impression that this movie by Christopher Nolan is a movie filled with violence and gore that leaves a very bad impression and message to kids who just love Batman and superheroes in general. Today I have finally watched the movie and I can definitely say that the critiques are wrong. Batman, The Dark Knight leaves a very strong positive message to its viewers and you can quote me on that. In fact I captured and recorded a part of it which I think delivered the strongest positive message of this movie

The movie in general was indeed full of violence and blood but never gore. It has the message of reality in it. Gotham was in fact a depiction of real life and how this world really is. It is twisted and full of uncertainties and criminal minds. There are people who are evil and there are people who are good.

It also shows the fact that sometimes the choice between good and evil is so thin that we fail to realize that what we are doing is actually more evil rather than good. It shows the limitation and weakness of our decisions and emotions. Harvey Dent from the once savior of Gotham to the confused Two Face was a scenery of how a terrible event in our life could radically change us and our perception of life.

  • STORY: 10 - means the depth of the story and the overall plot.
  • CHARACTERS: 10 - this pertains to the ability of the characters to portray their roles.
  • COHERENCE: 10 - ability of the story to be coherent as the episode progresses.
  • DEPTH: 10 - the effectiveness of the story to relay the full plot and to show the story of each character.
  • MUSIC: 10 - effective use of music in the story.
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: 10 - amount and effectiveness of special effects.
  • POPULARITY: 10 - relative popularity of the story/tv series.
  • RECOMMENDATION: 10 - my recommendation

  • This one definitely goes again to our famed Circle of 10. Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker was superb and it is one of the main reasons why this movie will get way beyond the US$1 Billion mark.

    Oh yes I forgot about the strongest message which had captured my attention and this message I would like to leave to all of you. A message which teaches us what real heroism means...

    I highly recommend The Dark Knight to people of all ages including kids but of course parental guidance is still recommended.

    The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2008, North America on December 9, 2008 and Australia on December 10, 2008. This will include a one-disc edition DVD; a two-disc Special Edition DVD; a two-disc edition Blu-ray; and a Special Edition Blu-ray package featuring a statuette of the Bat-pod

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    1. Jade // January 1, 2009 at 5:10 PM
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    2. Jade // January 1, 2009 at 5:16 PM

      I will admit that this movie went through the surface to the core and in no light manner, it went hard.

      Its been awhile since a movie sincerely grabbed my attention and had an effect. This is a very stirring (and not in a light, happy way) production that makes the audience think about the world we live in. Besides the twisting of the traditional batman and joker image and of course the violence, I'm glad I saw this. This will probably be the best movie of 2008.

      I find your 'positive message' interesting. Personally, all I can see is the dark, fear of the unknown and a battle of good and evil that rages in all. And of course the theme that happens (drastic and not so much) can slice into use like a butcher knife deeper then most think it can.

      And who can forget the joker: a super criminal with mental disturbances. He was an interesting character that really gave the movie it its dark and very much alive heart.

      As for kids watching this- those with maturity and considerable age I see no problem with. But for those with children eleven and under, this is material that could cause nightmares for weeks, or with more fearful children, months.

      Honestly, I can not see a seven year old sitting calmly through the two face Harvey parts.

    3. Shen // January 1, 2009 at 10:52 PM

      Most of us see through the negative part of the movie but if we analyze things unfolding it is a movie which really shows us the reality of life. Batman reveals in itself human nature and the crisis which happens everyday. Sometimes it takes full courage to face these things and sometimes choices are hard and we need sacrifices.

      Before the clip got removed the message was shown in the final part of the movie in which Gordon tells to his son the reason why Batman is not apprehended.. the reason being, Batman as the unknown hero that everyone needs.

      In this time of difficulty we need heroes who are willing to risk his own life to make a difference.