February 23, 2009
Opinion: The Dark Knight: A Victory For Ledger?
The Dark Knight is an action packed drama unlike many of the genre. A super hero and a super villain fight it out as people around them die. It was the final full performance for Heath Ledger and one that could garner him an Academy Award.
The question is does his performance honestly deserve the most coveted prize in the industry. The answer in my opinion is no, although his performance was amazing. If Ledger’s daughter Matilda gets the Oscar it may well be in honour of the work her father never had a chance to accomplish.
Ledger’s take on The Joker was haunting and powerful. He was the best Joker in history. He played a charactyer that had a depth that other actors in the past did not go to. His Joker was not comical. He was what he was, a psychopath who toyed with an entire city to play against the head honcho. In that he should be applauded.
Ledger’s last performance was a fitting end to the short career of a brilliant thespian. He lived life to the fullest and his characters were always believable. To be believable in the super hero genre is a feat rarely achieved. Well done, Heath.