Sunday, February 22, 2009

Muriels: Best Picture, 5th Place

The Dark Knight (179 points/17 votes)

“A confession: while it's gratifying that, for the first time since 1982, the biggest movie of the year is also my favorite, I honestly don't know what else there is to say at this point. Either you liked it and I'd be telling you things you already know, or you didn't and you're probably sick of hearing about it. So I'll just say that, after waiting in a line that stretched around the multiplex (something one almost never experiences anymore), wondering what could possibly live up to the deafening hype The Dark Knight generated in the weeks leading up to its release and finally, as the lights dimmed, seeing that stunningly disorienting opening shot (accompanied by that now-famous atonal hum) sent a shiver down my spine. It was the realization that The Dark Knight would actually deliver the kind of thrilling, unpredictable experience that summer blockbusters often promise but rarely deliver. And for two-and-a-half wild, nerveracking hours, it lives up to its promise - visually breathtaking, thematically complex, and anchored by a performance for the ages, The Dark Knight is an unforgettable pop masterpiece.” ~ Andrew Bemis

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