The Dark Knight finally gets negative press

July 14, 2008 at 4:00 am 5 comments

I think this was inevitable. Let’s be honest; There’s not a single movie in the history of the world that everyone likes. Some kids were scared of “The Wizard of Oz,” some people thought “Pulp Fiction” was too violent and so on and so on.

So, it comes as no surprise that, after weeks of insanely high praise, mega hype and fanboy excitement, that someone finally reviewed “The Dark Knight” and thought it sucked. Well, he didn’t use the word “suck,” exactly, but words like “sadistic,” “jumbled” and “morbid.”

Whew. Those words are coming from David Edelstein of New York Magazine. Well, is it possible that taken out of context, those words are harsher than they actually appear?

Even if the death of Heath Ledger hadn’t already draped it in a funeral shroud, The Dark Knight would be a morbid affair: It could only be darker if Batman died.

Wow, um.

But then the novelty wears off and the lack of imagination, visual and otherwise, turns into a drag. The Dark Knight is noisy, jumbled, and sadistic.

He just keeps ripping it apart more and more…

Even its most wondrous vision—Batman’s plunges from skyscrapers, bat-wings snapping open as he glides through the night like a human kite—can’t keep the movie airborne. There’s an anvil attached to that cape.

…and there he drops the bomb. David doesn’t seem to attach Stars or any kind of ranking system to his reviews, but I think it’s safe to say he didn’t like it.

Am I worried about one measly bad review? No. I’ve never heard so much glowing praise for so long before a movie even came out. I’m not going to let one guy with a differing opinion than just about every other film critic anywhere to skew my own personal excitement for the flick, even though it is a particularly bad review. In all honestly, it’s only for the biggest movies of the year, like “The Dark Knight” and “WALL-E,” that I even look at reviews before I see it. Most of the time, I go back after I am able to make my own judgments to see what others think.

“The Dark Knight” is truly becoming an epic spectacle. For me, it’s actually a bit refreshing to see someone come out with a differing opinion about a film that is literally taking over movie new sites and blogs with so much hype. It brings it back to reality a little. After all, it is just a movie.

Well, a pretty freakin’ awesome movie (I hope. I have yet to see it, although I’ve read and watched so much about it online that I feel I will be able to recite it word-for-word when I finally sit down in a theater for it Thursday night.)


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ky  |  July 14, 2008 at 7:53 am

    This guy loved Wanted & Zohan but hated TDK. Just sounds like someone wanting attention.

  • 2. andy  |  July 14, 2008 at 9:35 am

    That’s a great point. I’m not sure how you can take someone that gave “Zohan” a positive review very seriously, especially if that someone is a nationally syndicated film critic. haha

  • 3. Scorchio  |  July 17, 2008 at 6:01 am

    Zohan was terrible this guy should get a new job, Bad film critics are worse than bad films. I hate those critics who don’t like great films because they know they could never make a film as good.

  • 4. KP1883  |  July 19, 2008 at 12:48 am

    I though it sucked. The Dark Knightg was hard to follow and Batman ashould ALWAYS BE THE HERO not the villian. This movie needed a R rating. It was morbid and parents will take their young chilren to see this movie and deal with their nightmares later. The ending Sucked!

  • 5. Zabrie Possanello  |  July 23, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Edelstein is often wrong. This time he was right.

    Another delicious pan is here:


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