Posts Tagged ‘Two-Face’

The Dark Knight

Posted: December 22, 2014 in Movie
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First time I saw the sequel to Batman Begins, I thought this was a pretty good movie. The second and third times I was more engrossed with it. Every other time since then I tend to pick up on things I hadn’t noticed before.

Christian Bale does another good job as Batman, except that stupid voice he does. Michael Cane as Alfred is a nice choice and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox is great. Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face was no slouch either.

Let’s be real for a moment, the best thing in this movie is Heath Ledger’s Joker. Hands down most memorable character, best dialogue, and best scenes. There was plenty of good reason for giving Heath an Oscar the year it came out.

As I said, the more I watch the movie, the more these the tiny little things take place that make me go hmm.

For one the interrogation scene between Batman and Joker. Joker has Harvey Dent and Rachel Dawes kidnapped and tied up in two different sections of Gotham and Batman wants to know where Rachel is. Because she’s just that important, and Batman knows Joker has two people tied up, and likes to play games. So when The Dark Knight beats the answer out of Joker, he gives Batman both addresses, but switches the names around. Bruce books it to save Rachel, but what really happens is The Caped Crusader ends up rescuing Harvey, barely, creating Two-Face in the process and Rachel doesn’t make it.

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Which should not happen. Batman should know what the Joker was doing, realizing his nemesis was trying to lead him astray. But no. Batman walks right into where The Joker wanted him.

You might say, well this is a newer less experienced Batman and he didn’t know. I might say Rachel is a stupid character and wasn’t going anywhere so they needed a way for her to make an exit, and try to have an impact somehow. I think what this did was plant a seed for something later.

Overall it’s a great movie you should see. Some things might get weird if you skip Batman Begins, like what’s Bruce’s deal with Rachel. Other than those small details, better question is why haven’t you seen this yet?

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Batman Forever

Posted: September 15, 2014 in Movie
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Sometimes, the third time is not a charm. This isn’t the worst batman movie, but it did follow the better of the two Tim Burton directed films. New director, new direction, news Gotham, and new Batman was well, different. And hey, let’s throw in a Robin origin, and let’s skip his time being a young ward and make him eighteen so we can have that unearned student-mentor conflict right off the bat.

Individually, there’s nothing wrong with the main actors. Val Kilmer Is an okay Bruce Wayne/ Batman, Chris O’Donnell’s Robin is mediocre, and feels forced. Nicole Kidman as the psychologist love interest to Bruce is never as good as it could be. Then there are the villains. Jim Carey did what mid nineties Jim Carey was gonna do with the Riddler. He’s over the top and maniacal, and try’s to steal every scene he’s in with that green suit and red hair. To this day, I still don’t understand the red hair. No other Riddler is portrayed like that, not that I’ve seen anyway. It’s mind bogglin’. Finally Tommy Lee jones is an awesome actor, I like him I other things, but he’s not what the previous two movies were leading up to. That being a Billie dee Williams Two-Face. Jones acting against the monster that was Jim Carey he has to become this ever approaching beast that comes close to going over, but just kind of ends up acting silly.

The serious tone of the first two films are almost all gone, and what little dark the Dark Knight had before now has weird neon lighting. Instead of letting Gotham have this eerie sense of delusion, seclusion, and corruption. It’s now looks like a cartoon version of the Las Vegas strip.

The story is lame. Batman is an established character, so the Robin origin is kind of thrown in there because that character wasn’t there, but instead of having Robin as a young teenager, he’s an adult. Like, they could have just made him Nightwing, it would have made just as much sense. And they try an origin story with The Riddler, but he comes off as less than fantastic, and borrows some of the same details as the previous movie’s Catwoman. Edward Nigma’s boss doesn’t like him, and Bruce Wayne is less than thrilled with his invention, so Edward wind up going crazy.

With those to sub-plots intertwining each other Two-Face’s origin gets demoted to a video on a t.v. screen, a bit uninvolved in anything. Two-Face has no place in the movie, except he hates Batman, because he didn’t save his face from acid, and Harvey is the one that kills Dick’s parents, because Robin needs a reason to join Batman.

Plus, don’t forget, the super forgettable love interest to Bruce. Dr. Chase Meridian, who has Bruce as a patient. inevitably goes and dates Bruce. Because their needs to be a love story angle somewhere.

Batman Forever is the point where the nineties Batman movies went from being worthy comic book movies, to terrible hollywood movies based on a television show someone took the wrong impression from. Watch it, only if you have a weird curiosity for this. Also, this is the movie where the nipples on the batsuite started, so yeah.

Two-Face

Posted: June 9, 2014 in Character
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Harvey Dent, Gotham District Attorney, friend of Bruce Wayne, and villainous foe of Batman monikered Two-Face.

Mirroring the dual identity of The Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne, Harvey’s bi-personality is more severe. While the man, DA Harvey Dent is hard-working on the “law” side of justice, his alter ego however isn’t definitely on any one side. Batman is the opposite, always in one state of mind, focused. It isn’t that Two-Face is at constant odds with himself, but he always refers to himself as “we”, it’s a reminder that there are two men in one brain.

With a person of two literal minds in the world of Batman, Two-Face might be a little obsessed with probability, flipping a coin before they make any decision, for better or worse. I’m sure it’s gotten Batman or Robin out of a jam a time or two.

In the end, Bruce Wayne being a good friend to Harvey Dent doesn’t necessarily make Batman want to lock Two-Face away in Arkham and that be that. When all is said and done, Bruce wants his friend back, and sometimes Harvey can get ahold of himself, just long enough to give Batman the confidence to continue trying to help Dent. Despite all the criminal activity Dent has gotten into, Bruce believes he can still put his friend back together for good.