I saw the regular version over the weekend, but I want to go back and see the IMAX one, see how it compares. I think it would be cool to see it in the IMAX format that's for sure.
I saw the IMAX one last night. The IMAX scenes were stunning. Mainly the big shots of Hong Kong, Chicago-hattan, and the pacific ocean. Very high definition too, it was super cool.
I loved the movie. I agree with some of the problems listed, but not all. Maggie was fine I thought, I was sad when she died. Eckhart was surprisingly awesome. Not much left to be said about Ledger. So many little great things about that performance. Things like the way he walks away from the hospital when it's blowing up. All the little ticks. And how he managed to be funny but terrifying at the same time.
Nit picks for me were, some of the editing was a bit of a mess. Mainly the last scene where Batman is fighting all those goons with the sonar turned on. And something got cut when he saves Rachel when the joker lets her fall out the window. What happened to the rest of the guests at the party? The Joker just left?
I think what happened with Batman going after Rachel: The Joker switched the addresses. Batman yells "I'm going after Rachel" so Gordon goes after Dent. That was kind of like Silence of the Lambs where you expect Batman to burst in on Rachel, but it's Harvey instead.
The Bat Bike or whatever was super bad ass too. Some great audience reaction when he is doing all those crazy tricks with it.
I also could of used a bit more Bale in this. It was almost like he was more of a supporting actor in this. I loved how he worked with the cops though. How he wasn't really a traditional superhero, just a super bad ass covert SWAT team member.
I also loved the little Jokers theme they would play, just like that one oscillating note when he was on screen. Very simple but effective.
Overall, I was more than happy with this. I don't know if it will win any awards, but I don't really care. I'm just glad I got to see such a dark/bad ass Batman movie in my life time.
As for a sequel....I almost hope they just stop here. This will be hard to top. But as much money as this is making, it will almost certainly have one. For now, I'll just enjoy the moment.
I absolutley loved how it ended too. Gordon's little monologue, with Batman riding out of the Tunnel, the music swells, and Gordon calls him "a Dark Knight". So fucking cool.
Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now...and so we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector...a dark knight.