'Cos, that was one ridiculously badass movie.
I may have to watch it a couple more times to see if I entirely get every aspect of it (I know, the pain ;)), but yeah. Good movie.
Also? Dark as fuck.
Yeah, I get that it's, you know, in the name and all that, but this is so not a cheery happy holiday movie like, say, Iron Man or Indiana Jones. This doesn't end up happily ever after (and on that note, I am so wanting to know what is planned for the sequel. 'Cos that could be interesting)
And onto some more spoilery comments:
My main thought is just how much does it suck to be Harvey Dent?
Seriously. I mean, if there was ever a "It Sucks To Be Me" competition, movie-verse Harvey totally has that in the main.
Because damn. Poor guy.
Next thought: Not to sound unsympathetic or anything, but I think it's impossible to watch this movie and feel sad over Heath Ledger. Not because it wasn't uttery tragic or anything, but because there is no fucking way I could possibly identify the Joker as Heath Ledger in this movie.
Admittedly, the make-up probably helped out her, but just the whole persona, and the twitchiness and the way he would simultaneously be hilarious and creepy as all hell and thoroughly entertaining all at once just... yeah. I suppose that's where all the Oscar talk is coming from, because it was just so very other.
I did wince distinctly when they brought in the "dead" Joker in the bag, though. And I had to stay until his dedication in the credits, too (I was expecting it to be sooner, actually. But there may be rules on that sort of thing...)
Also (and I'm delving into to my fairly limited Batman comics knowledge here), there was a line from the Joker to Batman near the end that I would swear is a close paraphrase of something from The Killing Joke. The bit about destiny, for those who've seen it. Unfortunately, I know neither the movie or the comic well enough yet to give you the exact phrasing, but still, there was an audible squee from me there.
A non-audible squee was when little Barbara Gordon showed up. That said, not only was she a pre-teen, but she also had no lines whatsoever (and I don't think we even got a good look at her face), so I doubt we'll be seeing a movieverse Batgirl any time soon.
Actually, while I'm on the whole tangent Re: The Killing Joke, I have to say that there were some serious parallels going on there. Replace comic!Gordon with movie!Dent and comic!Barbara with Rachel, and the Joker's plan was exactly the same. Only in the movieverse, the Joker wins. He gives the good man his one bad day, and turns him into a murderer.
Actually, that's possibly why this movie is so very dark: Even if the Joker's schemes (and despite what he says, he totally is a schemer - then again, the Joker lies so very much in this movie, I wouldn't be surprised if he knew that) didn't all go to plan, even if he didn't end up with nearly as much death and destruction as he wanted, even if he ended up caught... on a personal level, he won. No wonder he was laughing...
And it ends on an oh-so-dark note. Pun not intended. Seriously, Empire Strikes Back ending. Good guys survived (mostly), but they didn't win. Bad guys are just as powerful. It totally sucks to be Bruce Wayne (or Batman, rather) now - he's taken the fall for Harvey's crimes, he's hated in the city, he's very possibly lost the support of Lucius, Alfred is hiding the fact Rachel chose Harvey over him. It's not Harvey Dent level of life suckage (quite), but still... poor guy.
That said, there is some supreme badassery shown by Batman in this movie.
As for any criticisms, I can see why people might say that it starts off a bit talky (because it does), and that could have been a bit better done. And I think the final scene with Harvey could have used a little more tension building, just so it felt a little more... climactic.
Also, offing Rachel definitely seemed to be, to use the fannish parlance, fridging. Yeah, she wasn't the most popular character around, and the fact of her death was heavily felt in the film, but she was killed just to motivate Harvey and Bruce (and establish the Joker's brilliant bastardness).
ETA: I honestly can't believe I forgot to mention this earlier, but the Joker is totally gay for Batman. Though that's nothing new, going by the comics I've seen...
And that would be that. I now want fic, fanart, fanvids and all that jazz.
...And I have to wait for all the other countries to catch up with us. *sigh*
Oh, and in all that, I never mentioned that I was with raptor_au, whom I met in the flesh for the first time. Which was rather entertaining, even if we spent a while post-movie wandering the street and failing to find donuts or chocolate mousse.
Egads, it was another Cake HuntTM. I'm contagious!