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Issue Date:- 11 August 2008

Film Review:- "The Dark Night"

THIS was an extremely dark interpretation of this, now classic, comic book hero.  The undertones and ideology explored within this film are amazingly far from the TV show, which many now think of when the name Batman comes to mind.  This truly is well worth a view in the cinema, as I do not think a TV screen can deliver the emotion in quite the same way as the cinema.  It is a fantastic interpretation of the story and if this had been the first, it would have been extremely hard for the other films and TV programs to live up to.  I will not spoil the plot though, but I will say that if you expect the follow up to "Batman Begins", you’re in for a surprise.  "Batman Begins" was a deeper take than in previous Batman stories and opened up a new interpretation of this character.  This new offering, once again, embodies the dark undertone to the man behind the mask and expands it.  In this film you see Batman crossing the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat, but the law is on his tail.  In my view, for Batman fans the most important part of this film is the creation of Two-Face aka District Attorney Harvey Dent, played by Aaron Eckhart.  This helps you see the darker side of Batman more clearly and conveys just how easy it is to be evil.  This development can now lead on to the development of other more sinister films.  Sadly, as the film has been troubled; with Christian Bale being arrested in connection with an allegation of assault.  Also Conway Wickliffe, who was a New Zealand-born special effects technician, died while working on the film, as well as the highly publicised death of the Australian star, Heath Ledger, in January 2008.  On top of all this, in August this year, actor Morgan Freeman was injured in a car accident.  These events have lead to many saying that the cast may be cursed...  On a further serious note, the tragic loss of Heath Ledger might be a very heavy blow to productions of future films like this.  From viewing the film, it is not hard to see how it could have troubled Heath Ledger, who was predicted to be up for an Oscar for his performance.  It was extremely touching to see that the credits on the closing of the film carry a dedication, "In memory of our friends Heath Ledger and Conway Wickliffe", to the two died.  Christian Bale, who played Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, was fantastic in this roll.  He delivers a very sinister character who is definitively grey in his moral interpretation of the law.  Heath Ledger again delivers a fantastic performance as The Joker, a psychotic bank robber.  With Alfred being played by Michael Caine, I could not wait to hear the words "You are only meant to blow the **** doors off", but alas it never cropped up.  All in all, this film is what action thrillers should be; well delivered and with special effects that enhance the atmosphere, but do not dominate.  A good script that twists and turns keeps you guessing what will come next.  It did, however, surprise me that this is a 12 rated film and it was not just me who questioned that.  I would have put it as an 18 and not a 12.  I, for one, would not take a child of 12 to see this, as its undertones and violence are far more realistic than most action films of recent years that have been rated 18.  It has a truly warped view of the world that could upset young minds.  That is very unusual for me to say, but it should not put adults off from seeing this great film.  It really is a modern masterpiece of celluloid entertainment.  Well worth any action film fan paying to see this, soon to be cult, film classic. 

Out of five...


We would rate this film 5 out of 5 for adults....


But 2 out of 5 for children, due to the films dark nature.

A bat!A few batty facts...

Did you know that the film is also known as:-

Batman Begins 2 (working title); Batman The Dark Knight (informal title); Untitled Batman Begins Sequel (working title); Winter Green (USA) (fake working title)...?

Screenplay by:- Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan.
Story written by:- Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer.
Characters by:- Bob Kane.
Tagline:- Why So Serious?
Runtime:- 152 min
Film studios and distributor:- Warner Bros. Pictures
The Official Movie Site:- This film was rated 12 for UK public viewing in July 2008.

For film times at Southport Vue, click here.

British Resorts & Destinations Association Search for A STAR! (North West Area Competition)

ON Thursday 14 August 2008 the Search for a Star BRADA (North West Area Competition) Heats get underway. The event is always a fantastic event to watch and this year should be no exception. Sadly it has been cut down to two heets this year and then the final, but that only means competition for a place in the final will be tougher then ever. So get on over to Southport Arts Centre and take a look at what is going to be an amazing show. If you can not make the first night then the following Thursday (21 August 2008) will be just as good.

Dates, times and ticket information:-
Night Event Date Times Tickets
1st Heat Thursday, 14 August 2008 19:00hr - 22:00hr £ 7.00
2nd Heat Thursday, 21 August 2008 19:00hr - 22:00hr £ 7.00
Final North West Regional Thursday, 18 September 2008 19:00hr - 22:00hr £ 11.00


FORGET the credit crunch and head for family-friendly Southport Flower Show this summer, for heaps of healthy fun and green activities for the under 16s – most of which is COMPLETELY FREE!

• UNDERWATER STREET – A lively arts and crafts area themed around flowers and the environment, where children can learn as they play.

• CRECHE - Free and fully supervised.

• BOUNCY FUN - Trampolines and an inflatable slide.

• ROAMING ENTERTAINMENT - Storyteller and entertainer, Mr Stix.

• Competition – David Bellamy will host his ‘Bellamy’s Budding Gardeners’ competition on Sunday, 24 August 2008.

• AND MORE… including Punch & Judy, face painting, seed planting, healthy eating and fresh fruit information.

Any child accompanied by a full paying adult will receive free entrance to the show, which attracts around 80,000 visitors to Southport’s Victoria Park from 21 August to 24 August 2008.

Chief Executive David Jackson said:- “We know that parents are often looking for activities to do with their children during the summer holidays, but that can often mean a lot of extra expense. This year, we’ve geared a wealth of entertainment towards children, much of which we’re providing free of charge. It’s an ideal environment for children to learn about gardening from friendly, down to earth experts, like David Bellamy.”

And for those parents who’d like a break to put their feet up among the million blooms, there’s even better news:- even the crèche is free!

For tickets visit or call 0844 847 1555.


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