Dark Knight: Everybody Forgets to Act, So It’s Ledger’s Domain

“I’m going to make this pencil disappear” is one of the best lines uttered by a villain in a movie. Heath Ledger said it, and introduces the creepiest villain I’ve seen in a movie in a long, long time.

Another name for Dark Knight, might have been Catch and Release. This shouldn’t come as a spoiler, because you must have figured out in a movie that lasts two hours and forty minutes, 1. there would be a lot of chase scenes, 2. there can’t be chase scenes without somebody being in custody and then escaping.

With that said, two hours of the movie was worth seeing just to see Heath Ledger as the Joker. Another character actually has a more “scary” face, but Ledger’s Joker face was just creepy. With that said, it was his acting that made the Joker a real nasty boy. Or a great director.

Wow! His laugh sounded like a laugh that should come from a character named The Joker. But he didn’t laugh often. So when it does happen, it’s a perfect counterpoint to the action. Ledger has another facial tic that makes The Joker maniacal. I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s not over the top. It’s subtle. If it was Ledger’s idea, it’s brilliant.

Ledger would push the character to the edge of caricature, and then pull back just enough to remain an excellent villain.

As far as the rest of the movie, nobody else acted. Ledger stole the show. The other actors truly may have come under the spell of Ledger’s performance – it was that good.

I’m not a band-wagon jumper for a dead druggie actor. I was fully prepared not to understand what all the hoo-hah was about.

Boy was I wrong. I’m on the band-wagon for Ledger as Best Actor.

What a CREEP!

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Dark Knight: Everybody Forgets to Act, So It’s Ledger’s Domain — 3 Comments

  1. Just came back from seeing the Dark Knight and everyone agreed that it was great movie. I have a feeling that there are subtle things hidden throughout that one might notice after seeing it a few more times.

    Legder was absolutely mesmerizing as the Joker. I’ll jump on that bandwagon too!

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  2. My comment disappeared!

    I’ll shorten it up by just repeating that I’m on the bandwagon too. Ledger was absolutely mesmerizing!

  3. @Becky: things have been a little hinky on the ole blog… glad you loved Ledger’s acting too. I’ll probably wait for DVD to see it again.