Saturday, July 19, 2008

Ledger's Joker the most exciting movie villain of the decade


Just went to see the new Batman movie The Dark Knight earlier this week. The review that sums up the role of Heath Ledger for me is from Wired Blog Underwire.

The review states that "Ledger inhabits the clown prince of crime, embracing Joker's hard-R American accent, smeary makeup, puppet-master body language, freakish facial tics and brilliantly perverted logic with a ferocity that electrifies every scene he's in. Twitching with menace, Ledger generates a nearly unbearable tension in his encounters, tossing off nihilistic one-liners fast on their way to becoming pop-culture catch phrases: "Why so serious?" "Let's put a smile on that face." "And here we go." "I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve."

And "At one point, the Joker declaims: "I am the engine of chaos." In what would be his final fully realized performance, Ledger made that engine purr, sputter and roar with heartbreaking vitality".

If Heath Ledger doesn't receive an Oscar for this performance, the Academy Awards are a joke (pardon the pun). Great movie but made possible by an outstanding characterisation by Ledger. He left us with his best for last.

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