Originally Posted by VoodooMonkey
I'm sorry, but a great villain can make a movie. That's the main thing that keeps Batman Begins from topping The Dark Knight. BB is an excellent origin story, but the Scarecrow got pussed out by Katie Holmes with a taser, and Ras Al Ghul just wasn't evil enough for a main bad guy/comic villain for my tastes. Sure he wanted to bring an entire city down, but I just didn't feel a menacing nature at all.
I agree with everything said here, but I think Batman Begins
is better (certainly not by much, and pretty much splitting hairs) for the exact same reasons.
I prefer Begins
slightly to The Dark Knight
, mainly due to backstory and a much better performance from Bale (Who was really bad at times in The Dark Knight,
and I hate to say that since he's probably my favorite actor going). What The Dark Knight
has that virtually no other film can even come close to matching is one of the greatest villains ever created and performed. I love Jack Nicholson as much as the next guy, but his version and Burton' version is amateur compared to the Ledger / Nolan character. I can't even look at Batman
and help but laugh after seeing Ledger' performance. The franchise has been done right for the first time and every aspect of the new Batman films
are vastly better than anything done prior to it. I've always thought that if Batman Begins
had the kind of villain The Dark Knight
had, then it would be one of the best movies ever made. I liked Neeson a lot, as always, but nothing compares to the Joker, and more specifically, Heath Ledger' joker. One of the greatest acting performances ever, and without that performance, the film suffers immensely. I thought Harvey Dent was kind of ********. That standoff at the end was rushed, uninspired and lacking any creative writing that could be seen as suspenseful (When virtually the entire movie before that is and works on every level of creativity and complexity). The ending, maybe aside from the final 30 seconds, is a major disappointment. The hype around that movie was insane and maybe my expectations were too high, but any time Ledger isn't on screen, it's just not the same and the movie doesn't work nearly as well.
I think a great (my opinion the greatest) villain can "make a movie," but he alone can't make it the best movie ever made, unless he's in every scene. I do think Ledger made that movie great, just not the greatest movie of all-time great. Not even close. Top 10 of the year, but barely. Is it overrated? Yeah. Do I care? No. There's good reason for it to have such a huge, massive following. I will watch The Dark Knight
many times in the future... mostly because of Ledger.