I’m pretty stingy with my 5-star ratings, I guess. By most accounts this movie should be an absolute hit for me – the great story line, memorable performances, sweet graphics, stunts and toys – but I was just hung up the whole time.
Maybe it was the dark tone brought on by a spooky performance from the late Heath Ledger. Maybe it was the way that Christian Bale tried to recreate the raspy Batman voice made famous by Michael Keaton. It wasn’t from Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine or Aaron Eckhart, but it might have been how they sped through the story and characters to highlight the action. Perhaps I didn’t love it because they have rewritten the story from the movies. I thought that this was another prequel, but with the introduction of the Joker and the death of Two-face, it seems to be reworking and re-cashing in on its own franchise.
At any rate it was a fun but dark movie that makes you really think (I wondered how quickly I’d move out of Gotham City). Only because of the darkness and my own hang-ups, I award it 4 out of 5 stars. Not a show for kids.