Good luck Morgan Freeman. Oh, and his passenger was obviously Miss Daisy. Wtf.
I went to see this one yesterday, and being early afternoon on a Sunday, I was shocked to see a fairly decent sized crowd in there. And what surprised me more was the fact that 80% of them were 50-ish or older. I thought maybe there was a seniors convention or a bus or something, but no. Apparently all these old folks just decided they wanted to go see this movie too. It just seemed kind of odd, I hadn't seen them at any of the other movies this summer, but whatever. 2 weeks after opening, I was shocked to see any kind of a crowd at all. Is it worthy of such a response?
I dunno'. The leads did a great job in this. I really enjoyed Ledgers performance, and feel it does indeed deserve all the acolades and praise it has gotten. Bruiser Bale did a great job too, except Bat-voice which should cost someone thier job. That was fucking annoying. Other than that, Bruce Wayne and Batman were both entertaining and believable onscreen and I wasn't distracted by the new suit once. Rachel was less annoying and slightly more do-able in this. Mrs Cruise is a tad better looking, but the new girl actually has a personality, and is a better actress in the role. Too bad she's BBQ. Harvey Dent was great too, allthough I hate Aaron Eckhart because of the scene in The Core where he turns into a 13 year old girl and cries/screams at the lesbian astronaut. I can't mentally get past that with the guy and I will be annoyed by him forever because of it. That said, he does a good job here. He really goes from one end of the spectrum to the other in this and it's great. Two Face effects were dope. Gary Oldman and Robert Caine were also great, if understated, as well.
Some things which bugged me. The time. About 20-30 minutes too long. At least it felt that way. I know, they had to tie up the plot which had been laid out, blah blah etc, and I'm not sure what the hell should have gone away because it's all relevant to the story. But it just got kind of tiring to watch toward the end. Some of the editing was a little ritalin inspiring too. Occasionally, my eyes got cramped trying to follow some of the action and fight scenes. These are pretty petty criticisms though and didn't really detract from the overall experience.
So, is it worthy? I'd say so. Mostly. I don't think I'd label it "best movie ever", or even of this summer. But it was really good. It will be an awesome DVD movie, as my bladder really was what made me think it was too long, and DVD fixes that. Plus I really enjoyed seeing what was obviously (if you live right next to it and see it all the time) Chicago all over the place. A lot of the terrain looked so familiar it was almost creepy, but cool none the less. But Ledger really made this movie fantastic. I think his performance kept me interested through the whole thing and without it I think this would have just been an "okay" movie. I liked Iron Man better, but for a DC movie, this was fantastic.