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by Allan Fish

(USA 2008 152m) DVD1/2

The agent of chaos

p  Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas  d  Christopher Nolan  w  Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan  ph  Wally Pfister  ed  Lee Smith  m  James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer  art  Nathan Crowley  cos  Lindy Hemming

Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Heath Ledger (The Joker), Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent/Two-Face), Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Rachel Dawes), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), Cillian Murphy (The Scarecrow), Gary Oldman (Lt.James Gordon), Eric Roberts (Salvatore Maroni),

In 2005 Christopher Nolan raised the bar of superhero movies.  His Batman Begins was, by some distance, the best superhero movie yet made.  You can take all your Spider-Man movies and those execrable Superman movies with poor Christopher Reeve suffering beyond the call of duty and flush them down the khasi in comparison.  What I didn’t expect to be saying a mere 36 months down the line was that another film, its sequel no less, does to Batman Begins what that film did all its predecessors.  It rewrote the rule book, which is all the more ironic when one considers the caped crusader’s chief nemesis in the film is his most famous adversary, the one who doesn’t play by any form of rules.  (more…)

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