I have seen the face of my god and he has black pointy ears.
This is the movie I hoped to see 20 years ago that would explore and contrast the heroic self-control of the Batman with the villainous anarchy of the Joker. Good versus evil. Control verses chaos. This is a huge epic story of Gotham City and a war against crime that can be easily seen as social commentary of a war against terror. There is despair, there is pain, and there is only a little hope. It's dark and there are plenty of dragons for this knight to slay.
Nolan's sequel to Batman Begins doesn't go over old ground and is a very different movie. The colour and mood is different and it is bigger and far Superior to the 'origin' story that almost acted as a warm up act.
The supporting cast get a fair share of screen time and in the two and a half hours there is no room for 'filler'. George Lucas should have written a story so well of a two-faced hero that falls from grace.
The use of sound reminded me of how tension is built in 'Lost' and the tension builds as the choices people are forced to make rival the ones given by Jigsaw in 'Saw'.
One helluva an intelligent movie for comic book superhero movie fans, for Batman fans, for crime movie fans and for fanboys who will see the subtlest of winks to Batman lore (don't miss the whites of his eyes or the cat nod).
Heath Ledger pulled the strings so well for his character than I never really saw or heard the actor himself. I saw the Joker as he is and was imagined and developed by writers over the decades in the comics and graphic novels. He nailed it for us and will forever be hailed as an utter legend and master of his craft.
My favourite movie of it's genre... as I thought it would be, and thankfully made up for the disappointment of Burton's Batman of 1989 which, in hindsight, had its redeeming features too.