I went to see Dark Knight last night and it was phenomenal. It's a Batman installment that stars Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as the Joker.
It had plenty of the cool special effects and breathtaking action scenes. But the script was extraordinary. I thought the way that the writing explored the inner workings of the human condition was awesome. Often, I think, script serves as a filler between action in films like this and it's usually ok (like a porn movie to a certain extent). This was definitely an exception.
As for the actors, I had difficulty divorcing Christian Bale from Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, but that's ok, it sort of added to the experience.
Regardless, I URGE you to go see Dark Knight to literally drink in Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker. The writing definitely helped, but his acting is other worldly. Frankly, he makes Jack Nicholson's Joker feel amateur.
I've always known that good scripts are the key to movies. And, I've often thought that good scripts can even overcome bad acting. But when good scripts meet great acting, it's explosive (like Kevin Spacey in American Beauty).
It's downright spooky that he's dead now but I couldn't help but think that he almost knew the end was near or perhaps he just lived his life that way, that's why he was so unbelievable. He poured himself into the role and it tasted great. He left my mouth WIDE OPEN during several scenes.
It's certainly not for kids but any adult should make the effort to check it out, it's a big screen experience unlike most others I've ever had.