Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Dark Knight vs The Joker

The Dark Knight premier

Well, lots of "first-time" things happened last week:
1. First time I saw a Batman movie
2. First time I saw a movie with Prerna
3. First time I got back home at 1:30 am.
4. First time I rode back home at 1:15 am.
5. First time I got stuck in a traffice jam on M G Road in the midnight.
6. First time I loved a villian in the movie.
7. First time I lived life my way, did things that I love.

Ok so I'd been to the premier of 'The Dark Knight' the sequel of Batman Begins (2005). Loved Heath Ledger as Joker.
This is the article I wrote for Metro, Deccan Herald - its the event coverage:

Before darkness gripped the hall at Fame Lido, where the premier of ‘The Dark Knight’ was to be held, there were cheerful faces sharing their anticipation about the much-awaited movie. While the celebrity guests did a bit of catching up with friends, the kids gaped at the Mattel toys and merchandize displays. Actress Ramya, Designer Namrata G, Leena Singh, Cine Star Diganth and many more were seen striding along the foyer at the theatre. Amidst excited chattering and cordial hello’s, the movie commenced. Like a wave of cold water, the audiences were silenced while the Joker did the talking. Played by late Heath Ledger, the terrifying impact he left as a heartless yet engaging and memorable villian, was applaudable. And while the characters took the audience from one emotion to the other at a lightning pace, it was a sight watching open mouths and concerned faces. The intermission came at a much hated juncture when the audience were taken over by the curiosity to know what happens next. The pipping hot popcorn and chilled pepsi did all it could to tempt the audiences to indulge, but the wave of excitement left celebrities and others alike - waiting to get back inside.
The second half was gripped with the same exhilaration and a lot of action. The silence that prevailed in the hall after each dialogue was delivered could be interpreted for disappointment if one din’t turn around to see the crazy glint in every eye.
The movie is an adaptation of the DC Comics character Batman and a sequel to Batman Begins (2005). The American superhero film has been co-written and directed by Christopher Nolan. The crux of the story is built around Bruce Wayne’s - alias Batman’s (Christian Bale) fight agianst the ‘agent of chaos’ the Joker (Heath Ledger) and his strained friendship with district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). The agony between Bale’s love for Rachel (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Dents involvement is complicated yet moving. The fall outs between an organised society and mobs are put to test while the character of the joker attains immortality.
While darkness swallowed the Dark Knight and the last lines were pronounced, some broke in to applause while others wiped a tear. The audience left the hall starry eyed and awed at watching the quest of Gotham’s very own Dark knight to fight the growing criminal threat.

Sheetal Sukhija