Review of ‘The Dark Knight: Armchair Analysis’

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‘The Dark Knight,’ second in the trilogy of Batman films, was one of the most critically acclaimed films of the past few years—notably because it was Heath Ledger’s last film before his untimely death. Batman fans have probably killed many hours arguing over the film’s symbolism. In Dark Knight: Armchair Analysis by Film Philos, the author explores the characters and main themes of the movie in depth.

This is an interesting book, with some fascinating takes on the interplay between and among the main and supporting characters, and an excellent exploration of the many contrasting themes in the film. The analysis of Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker and the dichotomy of Batman-Bruce Wayne are perhaps the best of all.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review—and, I have to confess that it’s difficult to be totally unbiased, because I’ve been a fan of Batman since reading Batman comics way back in the 50s and 60s. I found myself agreeing with the author’s analyses for the most part—except his view that Rachel, Bruce Wayne’s love interest, was a traditional ‘damsel in distress.’ My own view is that Rachel acted as a catalyst, both for Bruce Wayne and Arthur Dent, in that her death devastated Wayne and tipped Dent to the dark side. I also found a number of grammar errors (e.g., ‘Rachel whom ends up dead’) and misspellings that should have been caught in the proofreading stage. These small errors aside, the book was a great read, and anyone who reads it will have an advantage the next time there’s a Batman confab in the local gin mill.

I give it four stars for an otherwise excellent analysis, grammar and spelling notwithstanding.

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