Sympathy fuels Dark Night’s extraordinary run?

Posted on July 22, 2008. Filed under: Hollywood, Movies, Thoughts | Tags: , |

So the Dark Night has stolen the thunder from a summer full of superhero flicks. It was anticipated, over hyped, had one of the most successful viral marketing campaigns ever, and yet impress critis and moviegoers alike. Yes it may be one of the most successful films ever, and rightly so. Everything from the direction, screenplay, background score, the grim setting of Gotham City are close to perfect. And one does come out of the theater with a hangover, wanting more of the Joker.

But, can it be said that its success does not owe to the talented Heather Ledger death early this year? Has the sudden departure of the popular actor due to accidental drug over dosage softened the critics? Not to take any bit of credit from him, his performance of the Joker will the best yet, and is maniacal to the core. One wants more of the devil after his psycotic performance. His tragic death has built up so much momentum that no one expected the movie to be such a big blockbuster.

All said and done, it would be a shame if Heather doesn’t win a posthumous Oscar. All hail the Joker.



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