Joker and the Dark Knight

bat2.JPGThe Joker: You just couldn’t let me go could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible aren’t you? You won’t kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness, and I won’t kill you, because you’re just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.
 Batman: You’ll be in a padded cell forever.
 The Joker: Maybe we can share one. They’ll be doubling up, the rate this city’s inhabitants are losing their minds. 

The hype keeps building in true blue cult style – Why so Serious,   Gotham Elections and HAHAHATimes

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This hype about the Batman movie ‘all over the internets’, I watched it day before, every bit is true. 

The style, the darkness, the depth – as a friend put it – cerebral. Truly.

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Heath Ledger (RIP) and Christian Bale as the Joker and Batman, continue to grow over you after Gordon calls Batman “the hero this city deserves, but not the hero this city needs”, “the silent gardener” and “the Dark Knight” and the credits roll. Both Batman and the Joker have played their parts to near perfection. The argument that Joker is better than Batman simply doesn’t hold, for the Dark Knight is a Joker movie essentially. And he haunts like Anton Chigurh. Perhaps a lot more than that.

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But then both Batman and the Joker are mirror images of each other, like_

Both Batman and the Joker are creations of a random and tragic “one bad day.” Batman spends his life forging meaning from the random tragedy, whereas the Joker reflects the absurdity of “life, and all its random injustice.”

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Heath Ledger’s Joker which Director Nolan based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel The Killing Joke has all the trappings of a cult villain – unpredictable, pure evil and extreme.

Eventually, Batman tracks down the Joker and subdues him. Batman then attempts to reach out to him to give up crime and put a stop to their years-long war; otherwise, the two will be eternally locked on a course that will one day result in a fight to the death between them. The Joker declines, however, ruefully saying “It’s too late for that…far too late”. He then tells Batman a joke that was started earlier in the comic. The joke is funny enough to make the normally stone-faced Batman laugh. They continue to laugh as the police approach.

the joke told by the Joker is a common one:

See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum… and one night… one night they decide they don’t like living in an asylum any more. They decide they’re going to escape! So like they get up on to the roof, and there, just across the narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in moon light… stretching away to freedom. Now the first guy he jumps right across with no problem. But his friend, his friend daren’t make the leap. Y’see he’s afraid of falling… So then the first guy has an idea. He says “Hey! I have my flash light with me. I will shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk across the beam and join me.” But the second guy just shakes his head. He says… he says “What do you think I am, crazy? You would turn it off when I was half way across.”

From The Killing Joke’s wiki entry

This wont be the last I’m writing about Batman and the Joker, and Dark Knight. In the meantime if you havent already, do yourselves a favour, Go Watch it! and sample this_

The Joker: [speaking to Two-Face] Do I really look like a man with a plan, Harvey? I don’t have a plan. The mob has plans, the cops have plans. You know what I am, Harvey? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do if I caught one. I just *do* things. I’m a wrench in the gears. I *hate* plans. Yours, theirs, everyone’s. Maroni has plans. Gordon has plans. Schemers trying to control their worlds. I am not a schemer. I show schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are. So when I say that what happened to you and your girlfriend wasn’t personal, you know I’m telling the truth.
The Joker: It’s a schemer who put you where you are. You were a schemer. You had plans. Look where it got you. I just did what I do best-I took your plan and turned it on itself. Look what I have done to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple bullets. Nobody panics when the expected people get killed. Nobody panics when things go according to plan, even if the plans are horrifying. If I tell the press that tomorrow a gangbanger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will get blown up, nobody panics. But when I say one little old mayor will die, everyone loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy, you upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I am an agent of chaos. And you know the thing about chaos, Harvey? It’s fair.

P.S: This is where I agree with the Joker. This world is so absurd, why would somebody steal something so useless.

4 Responses to Joker and the Dark Knight

  1. Ajay Prasad August 7, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    Counting down to $ 1 billion, our bet’s still on. And that too for a movie with brains, a rare combination indeed! Especially considering what the local fare is. And to think the last time we were at the same theatre, we were watching a “super-star”‘s deja vu offering! The contrast couldn’t be starker. Are you listening, BVN?

  2. bvn August 7, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    hehe 🙂

    Dark Knight Vs Madambi huh 🙂 thats like an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object (Lalu is that fat now 🙂 )

    Last time we were in the same theatre was like a day back 🙂 and hey that 1 billion has my 70 bucks and you owe me 35 🙂

  3. Rajiv August 9, 2008 at 12:19 am #

    BVN,
    I saw TDK a second time last week (Monday @ 10 AM 😀 ) – just to watch and hear the Joker. I was sceptical about how a comic book movie could be much more than that but Nolan seems to have had a different plan.

    The Joker was spectacular! The part was written very well with some great dialogues. Methinks Ledger will win an Oscar for this one.

    But at 2.36 I thought the movie was 10 minutes too long.

    Still I think its an overstatement to have TDK as the all time #1 movie.

  4. scorpiogenius August 9, 2008 at 2:39 am #

    Saw it last night…The movie is more or less alright, made out-of-the-world by that screamer of a character: the Joker!

    Its after a looooong time that a movie character has left such a spellbinding effect on the screen as well as the mind. Kudos!

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