The Dark Knight:
In a world, where evil would seek to rise up and throw the world into chaos, only one man can save us…and that man is BATMAN. All jokes aside, when Batman Begins came out in 2005, it almost single handedly showed the entire world that comic book movies could be serious, and taken seriously. So when the second movie in the planned Batman trilogy came out 3 years later, everyone’s idea about what this movie could or should be is totally different from what that idea would have been a few years earlier. This movie was truly a game changer.
The Dark Knight is one of the best regarded movies of all time, elevating itself from the genre of comic book movie, to just master piece cinema. It also gave us one of the greatest movie villains of all time in The Joker played by Heath Ledger. In what would have been the defining role of his life ( and in some ways still is ), Ledger pulls off one of the most icon portrayals of a known character, but in a totally unique way. Pitting him against this new and quickly becoming beloved Batman played by Christian Bale left audiences with such an amazing battle of wits and skills that another great performance like Aaron Eckhart’s two face, or Gary Oldman’s Gordon seem to almost go unnoticed.
Everything about this movie comes together into a package hits every note in a masterful way. Amazing directing, visuals, acting, score, story, pacing, EVERYTHING, everything…seriously. This movie is one of those few movies, that despite its source of origin, and label of comic book movie, is able to transcend any prejudice against it based solely on its quality. Good enough to be number 4, on my list.