An open letter to everyone who told me The Dark Knight was good:
I swore off superhero movies after Batman Begins. It was about the 4th superhero movie I had seen in succession that was preposterously stupid. I can suspend disbelief and enjoy a well-constructed fantasy as well as the next guy. I happen to think that time travel is absolutely impossible, yet I enjoyed Back To The Future and Peggy Sue Got Married and Time Bandits, because they had a believable interior logic. Modern superhero movies throw logic out the window. They fire it out of the window with a cannon, then they nail boards over the window to keep it at bay.
About the Dark Knight: The World's Greatest Cook rented it, and I watched it to see if Heath Ledger's performance was as brilliant as I have heard. Here's a big surprise - IT WAS! I am here to say that I happily agree. Heath Ledger did an awesome acting job! He was great!
The rest of the movie stunk. I don't have time to detail every silly thing (I have to dig out of the snow in time to be late for work) but here are just two things that stunk.
1. Batman's voice whenever he had the mask on. (Yes, I will admit that Nicholas Cage's voice was equally ridiculous in Peggy Sue.)
2. The love interest girl (whatever her name was) saying "Right now Bruce Wayne's apartment is the safest place in Gotham!" Riiiiiight... that apartment that the Joker and his goons strolled into the night before. That apartment where Joker caused Batman and Love Interest to fly off a balcony and crash into a taxi cab, leaving all of "Mr Wayne's" guests at the mercy of The Joker and his goons. How did all of that end? What happened next? Did the Joker just walk out and take a cab home? Who knows???
Argh. If not for Mr. Ledger's great performance, I'd say "Another 2 hours of my life down the toilet", but at least I could savor that. So thanks to all who said I should give The Dark Knight a chance. I am glad I saw Ledger do his thing.