Review written on July 30th, 2008
Un-****ing-believable. It is not possible for anyone to top him this year, or any other year for a long, long time. I got a little sad when he delivered the line, “We’re going to be doing this forever.” His death was a tragedy, it pretty much sums up the tragedy and sorrow.. What a loss and at the worst time..
One of the best movie experiences for me, and the crowd reacted crazy to Ledger’s performances. They laughed with and admired all of his jokes and odd moments (e.g. when he stuck his head out the window of the car, clapped in the jail cell or repeated “SIX..?” under his breath), and I’m sure just about the entire movie theater was rooting for the Joker through most of that movie.
He wins the audience over pretty immediately with his performance in the bank (“No, I kill the bus driver..”) and his conversation with the crime bosses was absolutely engaging with his character. “How about a Magic trick?” “I’m gonna make this pencil disappear…TA-DAHHH!..hmmmm gone” “Uh uh uh, I wouldn’t do that..” (*reveals grenades inside his jacket, linked with a single dangling piece of string*)
It’s sad to think that Ledger will never know how universally amazed everyone was with his performance. His performance as the Joker is up there with the best acting performances I’ve ever seen. Insane. Psychotic. Scary. Disturbing. Funny. Throughout the movie I was completely dumbfounded that the guy playing the Joker is the same “teenage heart throb” type of character from “10 Things I Hate About You.” Ledger cemented himself in movie and acting history with this role, and it is just so damn depressing that he isn’t around to reap the rewards and praise that he rightfully deserves for executing this character so damn perfectly. Ledger’s performance was so captivating, in fact, that every time he was not on screen, I found myself that much less interested in what was going on. That’s not saying I lost interest in every scene in the movie that didn’t involve the Joker; quite the opposite, in fact. The whole movie will grab onto you and never let go and never let up, but every time the Joker wasn’t on screen, I found myself just wishing they would go to the next Joker scene. IMO, without Heath Ledger’s performance, this movie is good. It is Ledger’s performance that made this movie great, epic, and unforgettable.
Rest in peace, Heath.