Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.
Opening Weekend USA: $158,411,483, 20 July 2008, Wide Release
Gross USA: $534,858,444, 19 July 2012
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $1,004,558,444, 19 July 2012
Joker: I believe whatever doesn't kills you, simply makes you... stranger.
Harvey Dent: You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
Joker: And I thought my jokes were bad.
Lucius Fox: Now that's more like it, Mr. Wayne.
Joker: Why so serious?
Joker: Let's put a smile on that face!
Joker: I'm a man of my word.
Bruce Wayne: I believe in Harvey Dent.
Joker: You've got a little fight in you. I like that.
Batman: Then you're gonna love me.
Alfred: Some men just want to watch the world burn.
Rachel: Bruce, don't make me your one hope for a normal life.
Harvey Dent: The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.
The Joker: Come on, I want you to do it, I want you to do it. Come on, hit me. Hit me!
Lt. James Gordon: Nothing. No matches on prints, DNA, dental. Clothing is custom, no labels. Nothing in his pockets but knives and lint. No name, no other alias.
The Joker: Evening, commissioner.
The Joker: Never start with the head, the victim gets all fuzzy. He can't feel the next...
The Joker: Those mob fools want you gone so they can get back to the way things were. But I know the truth: there's no going back. You've changed things... forever.
Batman: Then why do you want to kill me?
The Joker: [giggling] I don't, I don't want to kill you! What would I do without you? Go back to ripping off mob dealers? No, no, NO! No. You... you... complete me.
Batman: You're garbage who kills for money.
The Joker: Don't talk like one of them. You're not! Even if you'd like to be. To them, you're just a freak, like me! They need you right now, but when they don't, they'll cast you out, like a leper! You see, their morals, their code, it's a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these... these civilized people, they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve.
Bruce Wayne: [in his high rise apartment] The bandit, in the forest in Burma, did you catch him?
Alfred Pennyworth: Yes.
Bruce Wayne: How?
Alfred Pennyworth: We burned the forest down.
Harvey Dent: [in his hospital room] Remember that name you all had for me when I was at Internal Affairs? What was it, Gordon?
Lt. James Gordon: Harvey, I...
Harvey Dent: Say it.
Two-Face: Say it!
Lt. James Gordon: Two-Face. Harvey Two-Face.
[Dent turns his head, showing Gordon the mutilated side of his face]
Harvey Dent: Why should I hide who I am?
The Joker: [in a warehouse next to a mountain of money] All you care about is money. This city deserves a better class of criminal. And I'm gonna give it to them!
The Joker: You know. I don't want there to be any hard feelings between us, Harvey. When you and, uh...
Harvey Dent: Rachel!
The Joker: Rachel were being abducted. I was sitting in Gordon's cage. Now, *I* didn't rig those charges.
Harvey Dent: Your men. Your plan.
The Joker: Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just... *do* things.
JOKER: Do I really look like a guy with a plan?
Dent's hand is trembling.
JOKER: You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it! I just do things. The mob has plans. The cops have plans. Gordon's got plans. Y'know they're schemers. Schemers trying to control their little worlds. I try to show the schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are. So when I say that you and your girlfriend was nothing personal, you know I'm telling the truth. It's the schemers that put you where you are. You were a schemer, you had plans, and, uh, look where that got you.
The Joker: I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know... You know what I've noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all "part of the plan". But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!
[Joker hands Two-Face a gun and points it at himself]
The Joker: Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!
The Joker: And here... we... go!
The Joker: [while hanging upside down] Oh, you. You just couldn't let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren't you? You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.
Batman: You'll be in a padded cell forever.
The Joker: Maybe we can share one. You know, they'll be doubling up, the rate this city's inhabitants are losing their minds.
Batman: This city just showed you that it's full of people ready to believe in good.
The Joker: Until their spirit breaks completely. Until they get a good look at the real Harvey Dent, and all the heroic things he's done. You didn't think I'd risk losing the battle for Gotham's soul in a fistfight with you? No. You need an ace in the hole. Mine's Harvey.
Batman: What did you do?
The Joker: I took Gotham's white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn't hard. You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!
[the Joker laughs hysterically as Batman races off and the cops come to take the Joker into custody]
Harvey Two-Face: You thought we could be decent men in an indecent time...but you were wrong! The world is cruel. And the only morality in a cruel world is chance. Unbiased, unprejudiced, fair.
James Gordon Jr.: Batman? Batman! Why's he running dad?
Lt. James Gordon: Because we have to chase him.
Cop: Okay we're going in! Go, go! Move!
James Gordon Jr.: He didn't do anything wrong.
Lt. James Gordon: Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.
Chaos: An outstanding movie
By Jack Anderson on September 11, 2017
The movie opens with a beautifully crafted money heist scene, shot in beautiful IMAX.
The Joker does not appear in many scenes, but when he does, oh boy does that make for great scenes!
His first real speaking scene, when he joins the mob watching TV, is really well crafted. And we can see from the very beginning the violence of the character, simply killing a human being for no reason whatsoever - except actually showing that he's got no rule.
His second speaking scene is the one where he tells his "why so serious" speech for the first time. This makes for yet again a very creepy and dark scene.
Gotham is clearly different from the city seen in Batman Begins. But this is really interesting, as we could say that this is actually the effect of Batman's work for the last years or so.
Not only the city changes, but the actress playing Rachel is actually different.
Hanz Zimmer's soundtrack (for the first time alone in the trilogy, without his co-composer John Newton Haward) is signing one of his most iconic scores of all time.
The car chase, filmed in IMAX is truly outstanding.
The second half of the film is almost like a continuation of cult scenes, one after the other. But not easy scenes, very complex and beautifully crafted scenes.
The scene of the warehouse, with Harvey Dent screaming for Rachel is beyond words. A true masterpiece of a scene.
Shizuku is exactly how I was when I was young. Seeing this masterpiece helped me to pursue my dreams. Simply, I owe to this film what I am today.
Yoshifumi Kondo didn't need to put magic, fantastic or anything else. He was able to show us the beauty of the true world and all the possibilities of our own imagination. When he passed away, all the non-conformist children became orphans.
Oh, and thank you, Aoi Hiiragi, for the great characters you created.
10/10. Perfect timeless classic for everyone who believes in the power of creativity.
IT'S A KIND OF MAGIC
As I wrote in many other reviews, most of the films and series episodes are either very good from the beginning or very bad. You don't need an hour to figure it out, or even ten minutes. There is a kind of instant magic. And this magic can be found instantly in this film, "Whisper of the Heart."
TAKE ME HOME
And from the first minutes, I felt that the film took me in a home that felt familiar although I was never inside. Visually, the film is really truly beautiful. In the true sense. There is no special moments when the director wanted to show off simply for the sake of it. The director actually depicts a real world and simply puts a great story in it.
TAKE YOUR TIME, HURRY UP, THE CHOICE IS YOURS
The pace of the film is slow, but the film is never boring. On the contrary, even though the story is light, I was deeply interested and engaged in the film. Every little thing felt important to me, whether it was following a cat or listening to a story of the grandfather.
MUSIC MAKES THE PEOPLE COME TOGETHER
The musicality of the film made it also very interesting.
There are three cult scenes to me:
- The moment when the two young characters are playing/singing the song and are then joined by the older people. The moment Shizuku is clapping in such a delicate and innocent matter...
- The scene in which the father is giving her young daughter the permission for her to follow her dreams.
- The moment where the sun rises up, at the end of the film. Again, very delicate and never too much. Just perfect.
I give the movie 9 out of 10. Superb.
Very good but not a super hero movie
By Gruic on April 2, 2018
Good film, good casting and amazing music. But this is not a super hero movie. Everything is credibilize, the batmobile is a fucking tank, Gotham city is a regular bad town. No respect for the subject, too far from the original. It's like doing a Super Hero movie for people who does not like Super Hero things. Too easy and not assumed.
I prefer the vision of Tim Burton. That guy had balls.