Kevin Smith's Early Thoughts on The Dark Knight
And thus begins the final stretch of The Dark Knight. If you haven't already heard through other means, SlashFilm's guest at The Dark Knight screening that I was at last night was the one-and-only Kevin Smith. The film itself was phenomenal, but this isn't about my thoughts it's about what Kevin Smith has to say. Last year we posted Smith's thoughts on Grindhouse, because he has such a strong opinion and people trust what he says. He's a great filmmaker himself and knows great movies when he sees them. Smith has already posted his initial spoiler-free thoughts on The Dark Knight and they're spot on - he describes exactly what all of us felt upon leaving the theater last night.
Without further ado, here are Kevin Smith's thoughts straight from his latest MySpace blog:
Without giving anything away, this is an epic film (and trust me: based on the sheer size and scope of the visuals and storytelling, that's not an overstatement). It's the "Godfather II" of comic book films and three times more earnest than "Batman Begins" (and fuck, was that an earnest film). Easily the most adult comic book film ever made. Heath Ledger didn't so much give a performance as he disappeared completely into the role; I know I'm not the first to suggest this, but he'll likely get at least an Oscar nod (if not the win) for Best Supporting Actor. Fucking flick's nearly three hours long and only leaves you wanting more (in a great way). I can't imagine anyone being disappointed by it. Nolan and crew have created something close to a masterpiece.
His review reiterates my exact thoughts and reminds me why I loved this movie so damn much. It's such an incredibly epic and thoroughly profound film that I'm still having trouble collecting my thoughts after seeing it, and that's a good thing. Smith really did start the ball rolling on the final buzz for the film. If you're not starting to get very excited for The Dark Knight, with 19 days left until it hits theaters, then don't worry, you'll start to feel the force of the film soon enough anyway. I'm not even sure if Godfather II is the right comparison, because I might call it Godfather instead. But you'll hear a lot more about that in the next few weeks.