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Last night I went to see ‘Dark Knight’. The ‘Watchmen’ trailer came up and before the next trailer started, I heard this conversation from the couple behind me.

Her: “What is Watchmen?”

Him: “I don’t know, it’s a book.”

Her: “Is it any good?”

Him: “I don’t know. I don’t read books. Books are shit.”

That amused me to no end.

‘Dark Knight’ is just as good as everyone says it is. Heath Ledger’s Joker is a quiet crazy killer that is actually scary for once. Other people’s suffering amuses him which is an important distinction I think.

I do find myself thinking about what Catwoman would look like in these movies. I wish they could find a sexy actress who disappears into the role like Heath did. Actually, I wish there was some sort of sexual tension at all. It feels very much like a Boy’s club where the primary female character exists to be put in danger. There are some Russian ballet dancers who exist to be eye candy but that’s about it. Maggie Gyllenhaal was awesome as usual but I wish they could have done more with her.

Oh well. It’s a two hour plus movie that kicked much ass. The Joker was genuinely scary which is long overdue. Harvey Dent has a great story arc which I never thought could happen in a movie. Lastly, Alfred is still a pain in the ass which is really all we want from an older man with a British accent.

  2 Responses to “Overheard in a Theater”

  1. I was amazed by how well the Joker was played by Heath Ledger – I thought he was aptly portrayed.

    Glad you got to see it.

    I’ve never read Watchman, but I have enough geek in me, to know ‘of’ it.

  2. Musns- Heath was awesome. My only fear is that for the next ten years every villain is going to be a Heath Ledger impersonation.

    I reread Watchmen yesterday and I forgot how much flashbacks played a part in the series. Time is a disjointed flowing mess which works great on the page but I doubt it will be used in the movie.

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