This was a hit, right? This was the "best Batman ever?"
I kept thinking: why am I watching this? I don't care what happens to ANY of the characters--whether they live or die; whether Batman violates his one, unbreakable rule; whether they all get turned into giant penguins and hunted down by deranged psychotic polar bears. It was all the worst aspects of a cartoon combined with all the worst aspects of a live-action 'naturalistic' movie. Just enough stylization to render the characters two-dimensional, but not enough to distance the viewer from all the violence. Fight scenes that were simultaneously wonderless and absurd. It was ridiculous. More than that, it was insulting. Humorless, portentous, sophomoric dribble. I would have walked out if I'd been in a theater.
Also, maybe I have a much lower tolerance for on-screen violence than other people, but did anyone else find it was too much? Could you imagine taking kids to see that movie? I felt like I was watching Reservoir Dogs at certain points. Only, you know, without any writerly or directorial talent shoring it up.
I don't know. I guess I'm a grumpy old man. In the immortal words of Krusty the Klown: "I could have pulled a better film than that out of my...Hey Kids!"
But maybe I've missed it. Have I? Someone who liked this film--and it seems like everyone did--explained to me what I'm missing. Did it just catch me at a bad moment? Was Heath Ledger really THAT amazing? Would anyone ever watch this twice? If so, why?