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The Dark Knight

Story: David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan
Screenplay: Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan
Featured Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Glynenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.
The second installment of the Dark Knight Trilogy. I know from what I have read that I am not the only fan who believes that this is the highlight of the trilogy. I am of the opinion that the one element that caused this movie to be the gem in this series is the acting of Heath Ledger. Ledger was on his way up the star ladder when he died. If he had lived there is no doubt in my mind that he had the potential to be one of the best of his generation. As it is he left us with a great performance as the Joker. I remember the TV series when I was young and the character of the joker in the later comic books and this movie takes the madness of the joker to a whole new level. Instead of a crackpot in a purple suit you have a nihilist who is totally unhinged. I do not tend to watch action/adventure films or thrillers. I watched this series because I liked Momento and Inception.I bought the blue ray box set last week and i am in the process of re-watching the trilogy now and I thoroughly enjoy this story. I also thought that this was the type of film that shows blue-rays advantages over standard DVD's. All the dark scenes show off the resolution that Blue Ray adds to the picture. It is obvious that this movie should be recommended to those who like the comics or action/adventure stories; however, I believe that this movie moves the whole trilogy into a place where it could be enjoyed by many, like myself, who rarely watch this type of film. That is what moves this film beyond a four and into the five category for me.