Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Movies: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Marley & Me

In my opinion, all were terrific!!!

The Batman movies, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, were both amazing, with terrific acting and awesome special effects. I personally liked Batman Begins better. It chronicled the beginning of Batman, and his fight against, and training with, the League of Shadows. The League of Shadows was a group that destroyed a city when it became to corrupt and terrible... and everyone in it. Their next target was Bruce Wayne, Batman's, home: Gotham City. It was completely run by criminals, and at their head was Carmine Falconie. Batman could have easily killed all the criminals, but was completely against killing. However, he might have to break this rule to fight the Scarecrow, the runner of an insane asylum who takes criminals and drives them insane with a hallucinogen which makes them see their worst fear. Even worse, the Scarecrow isn't Batman's biggest problem when he discovers a plot to drive all of Gotham insane. Sorry if I told too much. Got a little carried away there. Either way, it was insanely cool (literally!) I liked it more than the sequel, The Dark Night. Batman Begins had great acting, especially by the two villains, played by Liam Neeson and Cillian Murphy (he was a little wierd.)

It seems that the villains are always played best. Both The Joker and... the other villain were played amazingly, by Heath Ledger, and... another person. I don't want to spoil the identity of the other villain, but I'll say his villain name: Two-Face. Both were beyond creepy. In The Dark Night, Batman is continuing his fight against crime with Liutenant Gordan and the new District Attorney, Harvey Dent. Their newest enemy is, of course, The Joker. His two biggest lines in the movie are, in my opinion, "Why so serious?" as he says before slicing a permanent smile into someone's face, and, the line Jacoby mentioned once, "Madness is like gravity. All it takes is a little push." Heath Ledger had his great, and last, proformance.

Marley & Me seems like the complete opposite of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. It was also great! Even though it was sad. I'm not a very realistic person. I want to become a bestselling author, although that isn't very realistic. I read mostly fantasy, and unless I'm suddenly in an alternate universe (which also isn't very realistic) those aren't realistic. See? Either way, I don't usually like these kinds of movies. It was hilarious, sad, and heart-warming. Owen Wilson was great in it, but there were a lot of other good actors. Like the many Marley's. The dog, Marley, was played by so many different dogs, because throughout the movie, Marley got older and older. The movie is about John Grogan's life with his new wife, his new job as a columnist, and most of all, his new dog. Marley seemed so sweet at the beginning, at the dog pound, and the couple was even more encouraged to get him with the nickname the owner gave him, clearance puppy, but things started going downhill with the line, "How are you still eating?" as Marley rolled around on the floor, licking up all of the spilled food. Now they knew why he was on sale. As it turned out, worst dog ever. Or so they thought. The movie was much better than I made it sound, considering I went on and on. I loved it, and the end was enough to make me cry. Terrific.


Adri Phaustho said...

Batman begins was boring. I saw it at the cinema and I spent the second half of the movie controlling what time it was... I'm sorry, but I dislike it completely.

On the other hand, I think "The Dark Knight" is amazing. Hopefully they'll give Ledger an Oscar, he was amazing. The best "Joker" of all, even better than Jack Nicholson I'd say.

See you! And have a happy new year!

Brian said...

It doesn't matter that you don't like it. Everyone likes movies that others don't.

J.N. Future Author said...

i loved begins! and dark knight! ah, they are soooo good! especially dark knight! man, that scene at the end with....you know....was so amazing!

I wish Ledger could have gotten an oscar too....its to bad he will never be able to get one...
(He passed away a little while ago)

Magenta said...

The Dark Knight was super awesome. I've watched it two times. The Joker is definitely my favorite character.

Q said...

Frankly, just watching the commercials for TDK make my brain tie itself in a knot. Something about how the Joker talked or something just drove me crazy. I decided that I couldn't see the movie.

LouMac said...

Hey, thanks for the info. I'm in eighth grade too, with straight A's (so far)! It looks like we like the same books. Some of yours I haven't read yet. I'll have to look into them.

As for the movies. I LOVE Batman Begins. I'll have too look into the other ones.