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Matt Barton
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Wow! I finally saw the new batman movie, and boy am I impressed. I think I like this one even better than Iron Man. People told me that Heath Ledger made the movie, and they were right. I think he nailed the Joker dead-on, with a genuinely creepy but strangely likable performance. I compare what Ledger did with the Joker to what Depp did in Pirates of the Caribbean--he made what could have been a by-the-numbers role his own, and created a very memorable character.

of course, the special FX and what not are spectacular, but what really makes the film is the great interaction between the characters. There is NO simple cut and dry, bad and good here. Every character seems to have a dark side, and even the bad guys seem likable at times. When Batman starts beating up the Joker, you actually feel sorry for the Joker and think that Batman is something of a bully. The cops are also shown negatively a few times; many are corrupt, and even the best ones aren't above giving in to their hate and anger.

The only thing negative about the film is the Batman's voice. Christian Bale does a fine job as Bruce Wayne, but his Batman seems a bit...overdone as far as voicework is concerned. He seems to be trying too hard to sound gruff, something like Snake in the Escape from LA/New York movies. You may disagree, but I caught myself chuckling a few times when I should have been taking his dialog more seriously. I'd also say that the last half hour or so start to feel a bit compressed; again, they really should have left the Two Face stuff for the next movie instead of tacking it on here. The movie felt like it could have ended around the 2 hour mark and been better for it. I'm not saying I was bored or anything; I just think some of it could have been saved for a sequel.

I also thought Jack Nicholson did a terrific job as Joker in the 1989 film, but this movie is definitely better. If you're at all a fan of Batman or action films, go see this one before it leaves the theaters.

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@Bill, I have been playing

@Bill, I have been playing volleyball for quite a long time. Basketball only in high-school. Both are nice sports. But with my doctor- schedule the past 10 years being in a team just wasn't possible competitively. I would love to be in a volley or basketballteam again though.



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I'm not an avid moviegoer by

I'm not an avid moviegoer by any means, but I find it's a convenient thing to do when friends want to do something on the weekend. I saw Iron Man in the theater, too, but usually only go to see movies that my critic at reelviews.net rates with four stars. He's always dead-on accurate.

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The only movie I kinda

The only movie I kinda regret not seeing on the big screen was Dances with Wolves. Some movies dont really translate to the small screen and that is one of them. Nothing else can I really think of that makes me go 'Gee, wish I saw that on the big screen'. I saw LOTR1/2 on the big screen (never did see part 3...).. mm I think the last time I was in the cinema was for Bourne#3 movie.

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Matt Barton wrote:

Ah, I think I see why I prefer the theater experience--cheesy old TV, no surround sound, and Salvation Army couch. I can also understand about the babysitting issues getting in the way--so much easier just to stay at home. :)

That said, even if I had the "experience" at home, I think I'd want to see certain movies at the theater, particularly special-fx laden ones like Batman. Besides, it's always fun to see movies in a theater with like-minded people. There's just something special about seeing a movie like Return of the King on opening night, where the fans cheer at certain moments, etc. You just cant' get that at home.

True, but on the flip-side, you can also pause the movie to go to the bathroom or get another drink, and you don't have to worry about people using their cell phones or talking. And sadly, with ticket prices today, it's often cheaper owning the film on DVD or Blu-Ray...

I too think it's nicer to see fx-laden movies on the big screen, but really, if you have a big screen at home and the right sound, it really is a great experience where you don't miss out on much of anything. Again, I think the biggest advantages theaters will have is in having more 3D movies, like Journey to the Center of the Earth. It's a lot like what happened with arcades - they've had to become mini-amusement parks because you could get a similar or better experience at home. Nevertheless, as I've said, movie attendance shows no signs of slowing down with blockbuster after blockbuster justifying the truly big screen experience...



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Ah, I think I see why I

Ah, I think I see why I prefer the theater experience--cheesy old TV, no surround sound, and Salvation Army couch. I can also understand about the babysitting issues getting in the way--so much easier just to stay at home. :)

That said, even if I had the "experience" at home, I think I'd want to see certain movies at the theater, particularly special-fx laden ones like Batman. Besides, it's always fun to see movies in a theater with like-minded people. There's just something special about seeing a movie like Return of the King on opening night, where the fans cheer at certain moments, etc. You just cant' get that at home.

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Mark Vergeer wrote:

It doesn't really pay to sit in a cramped chair - being 6'8" makes most movie theatre chairs sitting just too close to the next row so my legs just don't fit. Not comfortable. There are some exceptions though. But the comfort of your own home with a nice LDC or plasma screen or even projector can´t beat the cinema.

I agree, though I'm almost a foot shorter than you. We vastly prefer stadium seating, which is much more comfortable, but yeah, with a good HDTV and surround sound, you can get an awesome experience at home. Though my particular TV from Samsung supports 3D output in some vague and relatively costly manner, I think that's where movie theaters can swing some of the advantages back in their own favor (i.e., more movies supporting 3D). With that said, movie theaters are not lacking for customers and as a going out type of experience, it's still a tried and true format.

And why aren't you playing basketball, Mark? (I'm sure you've NEVER been asked that before) ;-)



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It doesn't really pay to sit

It doesn't really pay to sit in a cramped chair - being 6'8" makes most movie theatre chairs sitting just too close to the next row so my legs just don't fit. Not comfortable. There are some exceptions though. But the comfort of your own home with a nice LDC or plasma screen or even projector can´t beat the cinema.



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Bill Loguidice
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I'm with you there. We rarely want to impose anyone to babysit our kids, so we rarely get to go out. The last one we saw was Iron Man, though we did take our daughters to see Kung Fu Panda, which at ages 3.5 and 1.5 was an "experience"...

We'd actually like to go see Batman, but who knows if we'll get the chance...



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The reason, well I only go

The reason, well I only go see 1 movie a year.. Unless I really really really want to see it on the big screen, I dont bother. Even if I really really want to see it I wait till DVD.

I love watching movies, I just dont go much :) My wife, now she would go every day if she could.

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Any reason why not?

Any reason why not?

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