There’s a lot of talk these days about Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight, and while it’s certainly deserving it’s only one part of the masterpiece that is director Christopher Nolan’s newest installment in the Batman Franchise. To say that the film’s a piece of something beyond it’s scope almost diminishes it, because as a singular whole there’s so much right about this film, there’s actually nothing at all wrong with it. But even to say that is doing it a disservice.
To start at the beginning. This is the the best plotted and written script (written by both Christopher and his brother Jonathon Nolan) I’ve seen since North by Northwest and Chinatown. In every scene there is conflict. Every character, major or minor, has to make a decision based on what they think is right and they are forced to live with the decisions they make. And those decisions not only further the story but add emotional depth to everyone’s character. Do you know how difficult that is to do in a movie? And the brothers make it look easy.