(USA) Action/Crime. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard. Category IIB. 163 minutes. Opened Jul 19.
Category IIB. There are no spoilers in this review. And indeed, there is nothing about “The Dark Knight” that is spoiled. To call it simply a “comic book movie” does it a great disservice; this is an amazing film that doesn’t – and doesn’t need to – rely on its genre’s trappings for its resounding success.
If I was a magician, I’d say “abracadabra,” weave a quick spell, and poof, the entire city would be sitting in a cinema watching “The Prestige,” a terrific film about dueling illusionists in turn-of-the-century London. Once again, director Christopher Nolan has taken much the same approach that he did with “Memento,” weaving a superb non-linear spell about what can happen to two driven men who are obsessed with tricks.