June 27, 2008

Just let me nerd out for a second, okay?

I went to the Drudge Report this morning* and my head about exploded with geek excitement.  KTLA blogs that, as expected, Heath Ledger seems a crowd favorite for the first posthumous Oscar in over 30 years:

His work, as The Joker, will absolutely be nominated for an Oscar, and at this point in the year, Ledger is also a hands-down favorite to win it posthumously. Ledger offers perfect pitch, perfect tone, his Joker hits all the right notes. 'The Dark Knight' is among the better super-hero movies of all time, and Ledger is THE BEST villain in a super hero movie of all time.
I hope this is an actual, honest assessment and not a way for Hollywood to use a fallen actor to pat themselves on the back, as we recently saw with the media after Tim Russert's death. 

(Oh, and be sure to poke through the comments at the KTLA link.  They include instant classics like "i think keith is playing dead to get the sympathy vote."  Nice.)

I'm putting excerpts from the first review (from Rolling Stone) below the fold, as I have found that my definition for what a spoiler is differs from the views of others.  So be warned, this may qualify as a minor spoiler. 

*and by morning I, of course, mean 2pm.  I'm second shift, what do you want from my life?
The review states that the performances of Heath Ledger and Christian Bale are amazing, but this is what I found this interesting:
Every actor brings his A game to show the lure of the dark side. Michael Caine purrs with sarcastic wit as Bruce's butler, Alfred, who harbors a secret that could crush his boss's spirit. Morgan Freeman radiates tough wisdom as Lucius Fox, the scientist who designs those wonderful toys — wait till you get a load of the Batpod — but who finds his own standards being compromised. Gary Oldman is so skilled that he makes virtue exciting as Jim Gordon, the ultimate good cop and as such a prime target for the Joker. As Harvey tells the Caped Crusader, "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become a villain." Eckhart earns major props for scarily and movingly portraying the DA's transformation into the dreaded Harvey Two-Face.
It's good to know that the movie won't be ruined with sub-par supporting performances. 

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