Yes, it’s true. I went to see the new Batman movie: The Dark Knight. This type of movie is not really my cup of tea, but it was my night out for my birthday and I wanted to see a movie. Being that there was nothing else I wanted to see and since I’d heard that lots of people (including my niece) liked the movie, I thought we should give it a try. Plus, it had the words, dark and knight in the title, both concepts which are my cup of tea.

Drum roll, please…

I liked it. I really did. At first, when it started out, I thought, “Uh, oh. I’ve gone in with too high of expectations. This is really hokey.” But that feeling didn’t last long. I had to laugh when Batman’s car in the opening scene told him to, “Loiter,” a version of “wait for it, wait for it!” Then the computer screen switched to, “Intimidate,” which is what he went on to do (though that part was some of the hokey part). Still, even though I ended up liking the movie, I’m surprised that I did. At the end of it I felt like I’d gone through a blender. In my opinion, the movie was a giant mess. The action scenes, characters, and dialogue seemed to be all over the place. Luckily, at the time, I decided to just go with it. That turned out to be the right decision. It’s quite possible that I should have seen some of the other Batman movies first, but I didn’t, which might explain why I got a bit lost. It didn’t matter, though, because the movie just grew and grew on me. I got really caught up in it – until one particular scene when I thought the movie was going to be over soon – but it wasn’t. But that was okay, too. I quickly adjusted and settled in for some more action…and popcorn.

I particularly liked Batman’s motorcycle, especially when it comes out of the car. There was just something very powerful about that scene – kind of like a birth. I don’t recommend trying the stunt at home, though. You’ll ruin your car, not to mention parts of your body.

Heath Ledger as the Joker did not disappoint. The hype that’s been going around really has substance this time – he was good. Very good. Creepily good. It’s almost too bad that he was so good. Besides the fact that our world has lost another young person to an unnecessary death, as well as a great actor, we have lost a good Joker. No actor that I’ve ever heard of will be able to follow up Heath Ledger’s performance. He is the Joker. It seems an ironic twist that of all the great performances he’s done, this is how we may best remember him. Maybe he’d like that, though. I think I might, if it were me.

I didn’t have a problem with Christian Bale’s altered voice as Batman…maybe because I’d heard so many people complain about it, so I was prepared. The only time it struck me as funny was that he sometimes sounded like he had a lisp. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with having a lisp, I’m just not sure Batman should have one. That would be for another story.

The ending fascinated me, as well. I won’t tell you what happened, of course, but I must say that it made me think. I hadn’t expected a Batman movie to make me think. Concentrate on what Commissioner Gordon say about the whole ‘hero’ idea. Learn it, live it, love it. I’m planning to.

And now, to the Bat cave!